Monday, August 15, 2011

Vegan Self-sufficient Vegetable Soup (zuppa dell'orto)

From my garden

This is another post from my Summer diary of garden veggies. It is so cold in Auckland now that I am dreaming of Summer, and planning what to plant in Spring... Spring! I want Spring! 

Anyway, what I used here: yellow and green beans (a few of the yellow beans where overgrown so I collected the big purple beans inside), celery, tomatoes and my first mini pumpkin. All in the pot, with some rain water and rock salt. Yep, rain water, our water comes from the sky and we collect it in a big tank. Can't stop thinking that a soup like this is almost self-sufficient, a part from the salt!

Since my leeks are not ready and I don't have any onions or garlic in the garden, I thought of adding some chives at the end, for that 'oniony' kick. But you know what? When I lifted the lid it smelled like I had just entered a huge veggie garden. The aroma was so strong and perfect that I didn't add anything else.

It was a filling and satisfying garden soup (I called it zuppa dell'orto), you can add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and/or some freshly ground black pepper in the end, or some pasta for a thicker earthier flavour. Sorry I forgot to take a photo when it was in the plates, and it got eaten so quickly!

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Gorgeous produce! What a bounty, and that soup looks so colorful, I can just imagine how tasty it was, reminds me of veggie soup my mom used to make when we were kids.

  2. Ciao Alessandra,

    Sorry to hear about the weather in Auckland. :(

    Wow, rainwater and yellow beans. Talk about wow-ness. Lovely soup ideas...

    xx from Vienna

  3. You need a pot and fire to make this as well.

  4. You're so lucky you have a thriving garden. Mine went kaput this year.

  5. What a beautiful soup from the earth and sky.
    Like the comments above...a pot and fire to cook such an earthy meal.