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Spanish Vegetable Soup Recipe - Menestra de Verduras

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Menestra de Verdura - Spanish Vegetable Soup

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“Menestra de verduras” is a wonderful dish, full of fresh vegetables and a bit of Serrano ham. The great thing about this dish is that you can use whatever vegetables are in season at the time. So, you might substitute spinach, swiss chard, asparagus, leek or faba beans.

Yield: 4-5 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. raw carrots
  • 1 lb. green beans
  • 1 15 oz. can artichoke hearts
  • 1 15 oz. can peas
  • 2 turnips
  • 3 oz. serrano ham (1 slice 1/8 inch thick)
  • 4 - 6 Tbsp. Spanish olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 yellow onion
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

Peel and chop the carrots into small cubes. Peel and chop the onion and turnip. Rinse the green beans and snap off the ends. Chop the Serrano ham into very small cubes.

Pour the olive oil in to a large pot and heat on medium. When hot enough, add the chopped onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the chopped ham to the pan and stir. Add the flour, sprinkling it around the pan. Stir with a wooden spoon.

Add the chopped carrots and stir. Cover the mixture with water. And simmer slowly. When the carrots are half-cooked, add the green beans and turnip. Add salt to taste and continue to simmer until vegetables are cooked. They should be slightly soft, but not mushy.

Once the fresh vegetables are cooked, drain the artichoke hearts and peas, then add to the pan and stir. Make sure that the artichoke hearts and peas are completely heated before serving.

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