When the freezer bag is full:
You've now got a healthy vegetarian broth, that was virtually free. For soup, use cooked pasta, cubed or sliced fresh veggies, frozen veggies, cooked lentils, cooked beans, cooked rice. Bring to a boil, simmer till the veggies are done, and spice to taste. Go through your fridge and cupboards and use your leftovers and imagination!
By Laura from Long Beach, CA
Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.
By Aardvark from Hampton, VA
I would like recipes for soups without meat, but with beans: black, red, white, on and on. It can be done in a crockpot or hand blended.
By Barbara L
I make this soup all the time. Inexpensive, filling, and easy to make. It's made with lentils but you could substitute white beans if you prefer.
Lentil & Tomato Stew
1 can tomatoes, whole or diced (do not drain)
1-2 carrots, chopped
1 cup frozen or canned peas
1 medium potato, cubed
1 onion, diced
1/3 cup dried lentils
Saute chopped carrot and onion in a little olive or vegetable oil over medium heat until onions turn clear. Add canned tomatoes and other ingredients plus 3 cans of water. Season with vegetable boullion, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp marjoram, bay leaf, and 1 tsp turmeric. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until ingredients are tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add more water if necessary.