Recipe vegetable quinoa soup is great during those times when you need something warm and comforting yet light and delicate. The soup is very simple but palate pleasing and the quinoa makes it extra special. Getting tender bites of the seeds in every spoonful along with carrots and onion is minimal yet extremely satisfying. The goal here is drawing out the flavors of each ingredient by caramelizing the sugars so you want to take the time to sauté all the vegetables. When looking for an appetizer minus all the culinary fluff, make a pot of this soup.
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth, reduced sodium
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup diced carrot (diced small)
- 1 cup diced celery (diced small)
- 1/2 cup diced onion (diced small)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Vegetable oil
- Salt, to taste
- Black pepper, to taste
Preparation step by step quinoa soup
- Rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain.
- Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a medium soup pot.
- Add the onion and garlic.
- Sauté until the onions being to develop color. This will give the broth a touch of oniony sweetness.
- Add the carrots and celery.
- Cook while stirring for 5 minutes or until they start to cook down a bit. You want the carrot and celery to develop some color.
- Season with salt and black pepper.
- Add the quinoa and stir to coat it with all the existing flavors in the pot. Allow it to gently toast for a few minutes.
- Pour in the broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until the quinoa and vegetables are tender.
- Uncover and season to taste. Stir in the lemon juice.
- Remove from the heat, ladle into bowls, and serve.