Here’s a healthy, filling recipe for Winter Vegetable Soup that is chock-full of butternut squash, carrots and spinach. Make a big pot on Sunday and eat it all week for lunch.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 leeks, white parts only, chopped
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Kosher salt
- 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into half-inch dice
- 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 14-ounce cans whole tomatoes
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
- Juice from half a lemon
- In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the leeks, garlic and onion and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the carrots and butternut squash and cook an additional 5 more minutes, stirring to keep the vegetables from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Pour in the stock and bring the soup to a boil. Add the tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, oregano, pepper and salt. Turn the heat down to low and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the fresh spinach and lemon juice. Serve hot.
About the Photographs
This is another straightforward shot taken just before dinner, with J. and the boys waiting in the wings. I always find the color of tomatoes really tricky to photograph – they’re so easily made into an otherworldly, much too intense orange. I tried to avoid that by adding fresh green spinach just before I took the photographs, after I’d already set up the angle and the lighting.
I took these photos with my Nikon D80, using a 28mm f2.8 NIKKOR wide angle lens. I used a Lowell Ego tabletop light like this one, at around 5 p.m., in partial darkness, with all other indoor lights turned off but with some sunlight streaming through the windows. The light was positioned directly to the right of the food. I used a white foam board to the left of the food as a reflector. My ISO was set at 500, and the shutter speed was 1/200. The aperture was 2.8 in the photo at the top of the page and 3.5 in the shot below it.