Retreat Recipes

Improv Vegetable Soup

Ingredients – use as much or little as you like. Or try other things.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Assorted Vegetables (corn, peas, green beans), if desired
  • Pearl Barley or lentils, if desired
  • Stew beef, chicken, Quorn, mushrooms, or other vegetarian protein, if desired
  • Water and low sodium chicken stock/vegetable stock to cover
  • Other tasty additions: herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram, etc) or an herb blend like Italian herbs, red pepper flakes, spices (curry powder or paprika), a parmesan rind.

Kitchen tools needed

  • Soup pot & spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board


  • Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat until warm.
  • Saute onions, carrots, & celery to desired doneness. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  • Add tomatoes, potatoes, and optional vegetation. Scrape off any brown bits from the sauteing. Add some salt and pepper for initial seasoning.
  • Add cooking liquid of your choice and bring to a simmer. Add barley or lentils if using. Add dried herbs and pepper flake. If using fresh herbs, wait to add until the end. Keep the heat at a level that maintains the simmer, but doesn’t go to a full boil.
  • Cook it until it’s done. Add fresh herbs if using.
  • Serve with bread or other joy bringer.

Breathe deep.