Farmers Market Winter Soup: a blend of sweet flavors.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
Winter is about to begin and the farmers market seems empty and depleted, but you can still get all the ingredients needed to make wonderful soups. This is the time of plentiful greens and sweet winter squashes, tender leeks and juicy carrots whose flavors blend beautifully into this easy, flavorful soup. Can be made ahead ad frozen.
  • 3 tablespoons of ghee, lard or coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with the flat of the knife's blade
  • 1 large sweet organic onion or organic yellow onion
  • 3 legs of organic celery, washed and trimmed (base and leaves chopped off)
  • 3 organic carrots, washed and trimmed
  • 2 organic leeks. washed and trimmed (base with roots cut off and chopped off where green begins)
  • ½ organic butternut squash.
  • 1 bunch organic kale, any kind will work
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined sea salt (coarse is better)
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a 8 quart stock pot melt the fat on a low flame.
  2. Add the smashed garlic and cook until you start smelling the fragrance.
  3. In the meantime chop the onion coarsely.
  4. Now add onion to the pot and stir well.
  5. Continue stirring occasionally until onion has wilted and turned translucent.
  6. In the meantime cut celery and carrot into ½ inch slices.
  7. Raise flame to medium and add celery and carrots to the pot.
  8. Stir well and cook stirring occasionally until they start wilting.
  9. Cut leeks into ½ inch slices and add to the pot, stir well.
  10. In the meantime clean the butternut squash from seeds and peel. you can use a regular potato peeler for this, it will make it easier.
  11. Now cut it into 1 inch cubes.
  12. Add the Squash to the pot and stir well.
  13. By now all the vegetables should be well wilted and softened.
  14. In the meantime heat 2 quarts of water in a pot of kettle.
  15. Now add the 2 quart of water to the pot, you can see how much liquid you would like in the soup, if you like it thicker or more liquid, and add more or less water accordingly.
  16. Add the salt and red pepper flakes.
  17. Stir well, now raise flame until a rolling boil is achieved.
  18. Now lover flame to bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or ntil vegetables are tender.
  19. Wash Kale and remove hard stems. Chop roughly or tear by hand into bite size pieces.
  20. Add Kale to the soup and cook for 5 more minutes.
  21. You can serve the soup whole or blend with an immersion blender for a vegetable puree soup.
Recipe by The Nourished Caveman at