dowdy vegetables: cabbage, potato, carrot soup

dowdy vegetable soup | everybody likes sandwiches

At the moment, my fridge contains a dark green cluster of bitter rapini, a bag of red-stained blood oranges and 2 bulbs of fennel. It’s food like this – bitter, sharp and interesting, that helps to make February – and what’s left of winter – a bit more bearable. But a few days back, my vegetable drawer contained only a few potatoes, half a head of green cabbage and a bag of gnarled carrots. Utilitarian and handy, for sure, but not anything to get excited about. But then I made this soup.

dowdy vegetable soup | everybody likes sandwiches

This shouldn’t be anything special based on the ingredients, but it’s a deceptive little number. If you left this soup in it’s natural state, chunky, you’d learn all of its secrets. But with a wave of your magic wand, or your immersion blender, the soup becomes mysterious. As you’d imagine, it’s quick and simple to whip up on a weeknight evening. Soothing and hearty, you’ll happily go back for seconds and then slurp up the leftovers for lunch. I’m sighing contentedly just thinking about this dowdy, loveable soup.

dowdy vegetable soup | everybody likes sandwiches

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11 comments to “dowdy vegetables: cabbage, potato, carrot soup”

  1. 1
    Joanne   February 19, 2013 at 3:54 am

    It’s amazing what a little immersion blender action can do for a soup!

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    Shannon @   February 19, 2013 at 6:37 am

    It certainly looks lovely and a bit mysterious! I love all of these ingredients, dowdy as they may be. Plus, worcestershire sauce can dress up just about anything!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   February 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I just adore soups like this – they make me feel so cozy!

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    Eileen   February 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Oh, pureed veg soups like this are one of my all-time favorites–especially if they feature lots of carrots. I’m always surprised that more people don’t seem to make them!

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    vanillasugarblog   February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    these are the best kinds of soup–everyone in the pot!
    just made one this evening using up veggies

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    IshitaUnblogged   February 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Nothing like a hot warm home-made soup! The soup likes delicious:)

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    kickpleat   February 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Joanne, so true! It worked wonders on this simple soup :)

    Thanks Shannon!

    Amanda, this is pure coziness to the core.

    Eileen, I grew up on soups like these – so good. And yes to carrots for adding a touch of sweetness.

    Use all the veggies, indeed, VSB!! :)

    Thanks Ishita!

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    Joanne M.   February 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    My immersion blender is kaput after an intense soup whirring session recently. I’ve been looking at Craigslist listings to see if I could get another one.

    This soup sounds perfect for today. It’s deathly cold outside. I love that you added herbs de Province in there. I just replenished my supply of this lovely fragrant seasoning.

    Great creative plate presentation btw!

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    kickpleat   February 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I love herbs de provence, Joanne! Such a great herb mix. Bummer about your blender though, I love mine a lot and would just go out and replace it. Trolling clist is a great place to try. Good luck!!

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    Laura   December 22, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Made this soup last week with some of our Fall CSA bounty. Loved it! Thanks for all the great cabbage recipes on your site. I needed some inspiration to find ways to use the abundance of cabbage coming at us.

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    kickpleat   December 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hooray Laura, so glad you liked it!

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