Ever since I first discovered the Redwall books about 15 years ago, I’ve always wanted to be transported to Mossflower wood to live at Redwall Abbey. Life just seems so simple and beautiful there. To me, the food these peaceful creatures eat perfectly embodies the magically simple lifestyle they lead. The creatures of Redwall are vegetarian, with the exception of fish, and most of the food they eat is either grown right on the Abbey grounds or foraged in the surrounding forest. I often wonder what my role would be if I lived at Redwall Abbey. Gardener? Cook? Record keeper? I don’t think I’d mind doing any of those things, especially if it meant I could live in comfortable simplicity.
This vegetable soup recipe was inspired by a scene in Doomwyte, where the characters have a glorious summer picnic by the banks of a river in the middle of the woods. A vegetable soup is mentioned briefly, and I knew immediately that I wanted to recreate it. Since this was a summertime picnic, I knew this soup had to be light and summery, rather than a heavy winter soup, so the ingredients reflect that. Also keep in mind that in order to remain true to the source, I used vegetable broth to make this soup truly vegetarian. Chicken broth or beef stock would taste wonderful in this soup, but then it wouldn’t be something out of Redwall, so keep that in mind if you’re tempted to make substitutions 🙂
Summer Vegetable Soup – A Redwall Recipe
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 large celery stalk, diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can sweet corn
- 1 cup green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt the butter in a large pot on the stove.
- Add the onion to the butter and cook until translucent (this should only take a minute or so).
- Add the broth, potato, carrot, and celery to the onion.
- Cook the broth and root veggies on medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies start to become soft.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the soup, and stir well.
- Cook the soup for an additional 10 minutes.
This soup is light but delicious, perfect for a summer feast. I do hope that cooking and enjoying this soup will help to transport you to Redwall Abbey, even if only for a moment.
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