18 February 2009

Portuguese Vegeatable Soups: "Sopa Juliana"

Hi everyone.
In winter I cook many vegetable soups. They´re healthy, not expensive, a perfect lunch for me and last for three days in the fridge.
One vegetable soup I like is "Sopa Juliana" which you can find in most regions of Portugal.
Most times, I buy small packets with fresh finelly chopped vegetables for soup. The mixture of vegetables is ready, has no chemical additions, comes in small portions and we can find different versions:

The vegetable soup mixture in the picture above consists of:
~ Carrots
~ Cabbage - We call this one "Coraçao de Boi"
~ Dark Green Portuguese Cabbage which is called "Couve Portuguesa"

When I use soup veg packets, I always do a base with just potatoes, onions, olive oil, water and salt:

After cooking well (around 20 minutes) I blend and then add the vegetable mix, previously well washed.
In Portuguese supermarkets of my region I can find, at least, six different vegetable mix for soups. With this packets and other vegetables available I can diversify my soup menu.
See you soon.


Anonymous said...

I like mixed vegetable soup! Comfort food :)

Rachel said...

I make a lot of soups in the winter too. I especially like sweet potato, parsnip and onion with some stock and spices. I also love carrot and parsnip, butternut squash and red onion and leek and potato. I tend to keep the amount of stock to a minimum so the soup is really thick and creamy. I also just boil the ingredients for 10 minutes and then blend so there is no need to use any fat and this makes them great calorie wise!

Reeni♥ said...

I love vegetable soup, looks delicious and comforting. I like to make mine by just adding whatever vegetables I have on hand, I never have the same vegetable soup twice!