Italian Vegetable Soup

A savory, tomato-red soup, thick with vegetables and fragrant with herbs, with just a touch of honey. “In tomato-based soups I 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, finely sliced
1 large green pepper, cut in julienne strips
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, green pepper, and parsley, and cook until vegetables are tender.

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Serves 6-8.

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What is tamari sauce?

What is tamari sauce?

Tamari is made by collecting

Tamari is made by collecting the liquid which drains from miso as it ages. Miso is a fermented soybean paste which is a major component in Japanese cooking; miso appears in soups, stocks, sauces, and a wide variety of other foods. It is also made with a range of grains, yielding an array of textures, flavors, and feels.