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Italian Vegetable Soup

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Serves 6-8.
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This Italian Vegetable Soup is a savory, tomato-red soup, thick with vegetables and fragrant with herbs. Chickpeas add protein. In tomato-based soups, we always use a little bit of honey to counteract the acidity and enhance the flavor—it works wonders.

1/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 onions, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon oregano
2 bay leaves
Pinch of thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons tamari sauce
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 zucchini, sliced
1 large carrot, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Saute mushrooms, garlic, and onions in hot oil. Add seasonings, tomatoes, honey, wine, tamari, and vegetable broth and cook about 1 hour. Add chickpeas, zucchini, carrot, celery, and parsley, and cook until vegetables are tender.

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