Before we changed the way we ate, I didn’t pay too much attention to eating seasonally.  Sure, I knew that the best strawberries were in early June, tomatoes in July, squash in the fall, but really, most of those things are available year round.  It wasn’t until after taking on a vegetarian way of eating that I started paying attention to food seasons. When the majority of what you eat is fruits and veggies, you want it to taste good, and be reasonable on the budget.  Oh, the difference it makes to both your wallet and your taste buds.

roasted potato soup

One of my favorite books of all time is ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ by Barbara Kingsolver.  I read it a couple of years ago and fell in love with the way her family approaches seasonal, local eating.  Living in the midwest, with harsh winters, it isn’t always possible to have local on hand, but we do our best to eat seasonally.  In the book she includes a graphic called ‘The Vegetannual‘.  It makes eating seasonally seem so simple.  We used this idea to teach the boys about how growing seasons change just like the months on the calendar.  Now, as we anticipate new seasons, we also talk about what new things we will see at the grocery stores and farmers’ market.

As we are now heavily into fall the root vegetables and leafy greens are making a steady appearance on our dinner table.  This past weekend was the last farmers’ market until spring.  We loaded up on kale, arugula, mixed greens, shallots, potatoes and squash.  I used the potatoes we bought to make this roasted potato soup.  It’s a favorite in our soup arsenal, last year it even made an appearance on our Thanksgiving menu.

roasted potato soup

The addition of roasted cauliflower gives this soup a hearty, rustic flavor.  Very warm and comforting.  One of the best parts?  The addition of more veggies without the kids suspecting a thing.

roasted potato soup

Roasted Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 4-6 large potatoes, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces (peeling is optional, I usually don't)
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 shallots, sliced in half
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4-6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a large baking sheet place chopped cauliflower, potatoes, garlic and shallots. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until well coated. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until tender.
  2. In a large soup pot place roasted vegetables, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Pour in vegetable stock. Over medium heat bring to a simmer for 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend. Turn off heat. Use immersion blender (food processor or blender work too) to puree. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Heat through when ready to serve.
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roasted potato soup

Enjoy with a simple, mixed green salad, a few apple and pear slices, maybe even some crusty bread.

Alison

9 Responses to Roasted Potato Soup

  1. Meghann Lackey says:

    Kingsolver has been one of my favorite authors since college! Have you read any of her fiction? You would probably enjoy it. I had no idea she had a book like this out – I am excited to read it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heather says:

    I wouldn’t have thought of adding the cauliflower, but it sounds great! We love roasted potato soup, and it’s perfect for the cold days ahead :)

  3. Allison says:

    This looks fabulous. I’ll be picking up some cauliflower at the market tonight to make this this weekend!

  4. Bentley says:

    I am adding this to my soup list. This and broccoli cheese ore next up on the menu.

  5. Heather says:

    I too loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – her Fiction is wonderful as well. Having a Vegan/Vegetarian Home we too do our best to eat seasonally and as local as possible – it gives us something to look forward to each season!
    Love your blog & beautiful photos :-)

  6. Lori L says:

    It’s interesting and makes total sense to me…and I’ve noticed it happens naturally with my children… They are crazy for berries and melon and tomatoes all summer, but when it gets close to fall and you can still find those items, our kids start to shy away from them and lean toward apples and pears and squash. It’s like our taste buds get tired of one thing after a while no matter how good it is or that it’s your absolute favorite. I think we were meant to eat this way.

    And Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. I bought this book for my sister when it came out but have yet to read it myself. Thanks for the reminder!

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