Babaganoush Soup

Happy National Soup Month!

 

I’d really like to know who comes up with the stuff.  I’m going to declare next month National Wine Month.  I kid… I’m eating cleaner.. less wine, more water.  Unless I figure out how to turn it into wine… hmmm…

 

Did you know that the first soup can be dated back to ~6,000 BC and was made of hippopotamus?

 

 

As much fun as it is to say, I can’t imagine hippopotamus being fun to eat.  Seems like it would be chewy.

 

No hippos were harmed in the making to this Babaganoush Soup.  In fact, it’s vegan.

The nutty tahini in this make it reminiscent of a hummus or chickpea soup.  But it’s better – the flavors from the roasted red pepper and onion take this soup to a whole new level.

 

 

You will taste it before blending and think it’s too strong.  Blend it before adjusting… the purred veggies do balance it out.

Then you’ll think it’s missing something but you won’t know what… but you’ll ladle the soup and squeeze the lemon juice in it and realize this soup has reached perfection.

 

 

Don’t be scared of the fats from the tahini – sesame seeds are good fats!  They are a great source of copper, manganese, and calcium.  And – at the risk of sounding like a grandma9g of fiber in a bowl is pretty awesome.  Two of sesame’s more unique properties - sesamin and sesamolin - are special fibers called lignans, that can lower cholesterol and prevent blood pressure.

Creamy and satisfying, this one left me licking the bowl.

 

 

Save some leftovers – most soups taste even better on day two after the flavors have a chance to meld and this soup is no exception!

Recipe inspired by this one from Cara @ Cara’s Cravings.

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Babaganoush Soup

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 San Marzano tomatoes (or 1 large regular tomato)
  •  1 1/2 C vegetable stock
  • 1 C water
  • 2 tsp ras al hanout*
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Lemon
  • S+P, to taste
  • Optional Garnish: red pepper flakes, cilantro

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut eggplant into 1/3 in slices and lay on foil-lined baking sheet (spray with cooking spray if not anti-stick foil).  Salt generously and allow to rest 10-20 mins. (this draw out moisture and helps to remove bitterness).  When done, wipe away moisture with paper towel.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, add red pepper and onion slices to sheet, and roast for 25 mins.

Let cool and rub off any blackened pepper skin.  Rough chop peppers and eggplant.

Heat oil over medium high heat then add garlic. Saute for ~1 minute until just beginning to turn golden.

Add the stock, tomatoes, eggplant, red pepper, and onion. Stir in ras al hanout. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for ~10 mins allowing the flavors to combine.  Remove from heat and add tahini.

Using an immersion blender (or regular blender), puree until smooth.

Ladle into bowls and finish with fresh lemon juice, cilantro, and freshly ground pepper.

Makes 6 cups (3 mains or 6 sides).

Approximate Nutritionals (for main dish serving): 211 calories, 12.6g fat, 1.7g saturated fat, 22.3g carbohydrates, 9.1g fiber, 8.5g sugar, 6.4g protein.

*Ras al Hanout is a spice blend I had not heard of until reading Cara’s blog.  I made her blend with a few modifications.  It’s also delicious with sautéed spinach and onions!

Ras al Hanout

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeic
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

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“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is now stuck in my head.  Ugh.

What kind of soup are eating for National Soup Month?

 Do you make your own spice blends? Do share!

 

Comments

    • Laura says

      Yum! I made one last year and topped it with crumbled TJ’s salt and pepper lentil chips to give it some crunch. Perfect, clean meal!

    • Laura says

      Do it! This is perfect for people that have texture issues with it – not even the slightest hint of “sliminess.”

  1. says

    I had no idea it was national soup month! I’m posting soup all week :D. But this babaganoush soup looks wonderful! I like the red pepper flakes sprinkled on top!

  2. says

    Wow this looks so, so delicious! And so thick and creamy… man. I am in love. Definitely goes on my to do list! :)
    As for wine, pretend it’s the middle ages in Europe. Wine is so much safer than water for your health!

  3. says

    This actually looks realllly good! And I say ‘actually’, because the last time I tried my hand at BG, it was an udder disaster… Seriously, probably in the top 5 worst things I’ve ever made, ha!

  4. says

    Yay! I am totally down with celebrating National Soup Month! I have been dreaming of transforming my beloved Massaman Curry dish into soup form. Potatoes, carrots, coconut milk, curry spices… Aw, yeah. Your soup looks gorgeous (great photos!) and sounds even better! Happy Soup month to you!

  5. says

    This soup looks (and sounds!) amazing. I only have a few eggplant recipes that we all like, but I’m really excited to try this one. I love tahini, too!

  6. says

    What a gorgeous, inventive soup! I love all the flavourings and can imagine how wholesome and warming this would be in my tummy. I’m forwarding this post to my sister who made me my first ever Babaganoush dip! I know she’ll love this. Thanks Laura.

    • Laura says

      Thank you so much for passing it along and for the pin! Please let me know if you guys try it out.

      P.S. Isn’t Pinterest the BEST?

    • Laura says

      I read this and thought you said you liked babaganoush more than HUMANS these days – LOL! I agree with both statements. :)

    • Laura says

      Guuuurl… that immersion blender will change your life. I got it when I broke my jaw and had to blend OATMEAL… which is actually delish blended with fruit, btw.

  7. says

    BTW…stop talking nonsense about drinking more water than wine. Wine is typically over 80% water, so by definition if you’re drinking wine you’re drinking more water anyways. ;-)

  8. says

    This looks so fabulous. I’m totally making it for lunch this week and I love the tahini addition! I’m always looking for new ways to use tahini.

    • Laura says

      Thank you! I’m a little addicted to tahini, so this was perfect. Have you ever made chocolate tahini truffles? That’s another great way to incorporate it… and it’s you use dark chocolate it’s practically a health food. ;)

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