4cupschopped vegetables(see notes for suggestions)
15ouncecan diced tomatoes
2teaspoonsItalian herb blend or Herbes de Provence
3cupsvegetable or chicken broth
freshly ground black pepper
fresh parsley,minced, for garnish
for the rice:
bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all water is absorbed (30 to 40 minutes, depending on the brand - refer to package directions). Turn off heat, and let steam for 10 minutes
for the soup:
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a 4 to 5 quart Dutch oven or stock pot over medium, until shimmering. Add all of the vegetables at once, and stir well. Cover, and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
When the vegetables have softened, scoot them to one side and tip in a splash of broth in the cleared area. Add the tomato paste, paprika, and a big pinch of salt to the broth, and stir well to create a fragrant paste.
Mix the tomato paste into the vegetables, and sprinkle the herbs over them.
Add the broth and bay leaf, and let the soup come up to a gentle boil (increase the heat temporarily, to help it along).
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the soup simmer for at least 15 minutes (longer, if possible).
Remove the bay leaf, and add the kale, apple grates, lemon juice, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir well, and let the kale wilt for several minutes.
Taste, and adjust the flavor balance with additional lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Stir in the rice. Serve immediately.
Use your favorite vegetables, or whatever you have languishing in the fridge. It's all good! For the photos in this post, I used diced: sweet onion, shallot, celery, carrot, fennel, parsnip, Yukon gold potatoes, red bell pepper, button mushrooms
Hearty Vegetable Wild Rice Soup was originally published on https://soupaddict.com/hearty-vegetable-wild-rice-soup/