1 medium onion (2 1/2 inches in diameter), chopped
2 large stalks
4 cloves garlic, pressed
red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped carrot, or chopped pumpkin, if available
1 heaping tablespoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon cinammon
1 bay leaf
A little hot sauce
One 15-ounce can tomatoes, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken stock or broth
10 ounces frozen or fresh green beans
1 large leaf of chard, spinach, or kale, cut into thin strips, about 1 1/2 cups
Salt and pepper
In a large soup pot, simmer oil, onion, and celery. Cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes to develop more sweetness in the onion.
2. Add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn up the heat to medium and add the peppers and carrots. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes and add the spices. Stir and cook until fragrant—another minute or so.
3. Add tomatoes and stock, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add beans and chard and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the beans are cooked.
(If using cooked cubed meat such as chicken or turkey, add at this time.) Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper as needed.
Serving Suggestions for Rainbow Soup
As the main course this soup is perfect, but be sure that you add other items for adults to eat so that they won’t be underfed. A nice starter salad with a vinaigrette dressing is appetizing before the soup. You might also try adding meat to the soup as an option for those who are not vegetarian. Or grill up some chicken, fish, beef or sausage kabobs and place them on separate plates for those who are interested in making the meal a little more hearty.