Nothing Soup

I woke up and it was spring, not just spring, but, 88 degrees in the house by 6 in the evening and hot and humid.   I wasn’t ready for spring.  Did I mention it was snowing last week?  Maybe that has something to do with my lack of preparedness.  For me, spring means spring cleaning, which is impossible with an (almost) toddler.   Having a toddler means it rains Cheerios and other tiny crumbed snacks, all the time, day and night.  Vacuuming three times a day still isn’t enough.  It’s like trying to keep up with a really cute Tasmanian devil.  

Here in the tri-state area, we have two types of weather, predominantly.  We have humid and we have snow.  Fall is the best season.  In the fall, we still have the wonderful summer produce available, but it’s cool and the  leaves are gorgeous and nobody wants you to eat asparagus, just warm, wonderfully sweet things like pumpkin and squash.  Autumn is my favorite season.  But, to get to that, we have to get through the hot and the humid.  This means, I better clean up my act.

I feel sluggish and tired and whiny about it being hot and humid.  Where’s my spring fever?  This weather usually makes people bounce around like gummy bears!  I never understood that.  But, I guess I’m outnumbered and I need to get in gear.  I need to eat some nothing soup.  The soup that has absolutely nothing bad in it and only good stuff in it.  It’s spring cleaning for my brain. Vegan?  yes.  Gluten-free?  I assume it’s gluten-free, since there’s nothing in it.  Carrots are gluten free, right?  Naturally filling with practically a negative amount of calories?  Yes, please.  It’s also guilt-free and worry-free.  It’s “nothing soup”, so it’s ok.  You could eat 3 pots full, if you wanted.  You probably won’t want to, but I guess you could.


I eat it and it makes my brain less crazy.   Then I clean.  Clean the brain, clean the house.   It’s Spring.  

An added bonus:  I made this yesterday and Trey ate it and raved about it.  I don’t know how.  I don’t know why.  But he did, so I tried not to question it.  Maybe he loves nothing too. 

“Nothing Soup”

Clear soup with escarole and broccoli Raab

  • 2 cups, chopped onion
  • 2 cups, chopped carrots
  • 2 cups, chopped celery
  • fine sea salt – to taste
  • 1 tbs.,  roasted garlic, minced, (substitute raw minced garlic, if you prefer) 
  • 2 quarts, vegetable stock 
  • 2 cups, chopped escarole
  • 1.5 cups, chopped broccoli raab
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • ground pepper – to taste

1.   In large stock pot on high heat, add onion, carrots, and celery.  Add a generous sprinkle of sea salt.  Stir.

2.   When onions are translucent, add garlic and vegetable stock.  Stir. Taste.  Salt to taste.  

3.   Add escarole, broccoli raab, basil & parsley.  Stir.  Taste.  Salt and pepper to taste. 


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19 Responses to Nothing Soup

  1. Apple says:

    Oh this looks wonderful! It may be a nothing soup, but it’s the perfect thing for winter instead of a high calorie lunch. I’m definitely going to have to make a pot of this up. I would imagine it would freeze alright for a while?

    • Oh, yes. Soup is one of those magical things that freezes phenomenally. Just place it in a freezer bag or small container and thaw it in the fridge. Smaller portions mean easier thawing. You can always have two. 😉

  2. i’m an avid soup lover… this def looks like more than a “nothing” soup to me. Yum Yum.

  3. Victoria says:

    Nothing looks pretty awesome to me! Sometimes you need to just cleanse yourself with something light and satisfying like this. My favorite seasons are spring and fall. I HATE the hot humid summer, and the horribly cold winter. Ready for some happy middle ground.

  4. Adriana says:

    I love your ‘nothing’ soup. It looks like the perfect light lunch, along with a salad or a sandwich.

  5. Beth says:

    Looks like a wonderful soup. I promise not to eat three pots’ worth!

  6. Ha! I love this :) Spring cleaning isn’t just for houses! Our bodies are our houses :)

  7. Connie says:

    I totally loved reading this post, especially about the raining cheerios and people bouncing like gummy bears! And the soup looks great (good timing, I was actually craving soup, other than chicken, the other day).

  8. Dani says:

    Yesterday’s weather was just so strange. Way too hot and humid considering we still have piles of snow in all the parking lots. This looks like a great soup for bathing suit shopping season.

  9. Kate says:

    Yum, looks delish! I love the name of the soup too…made me laugh!

  10. This nothing soup is really something! Not only is it packed full of delicious veg but did you say it makes Spring-cleaning painless? I’m going to make me a large pot of that.

  11. Talking about fall make me miss being in NY and seeing the leaves change. Fall is my favorite season. I love the name of this soup. Fabulous. Its sounds so perfect too!

  12. What a fabulous flavoured “Nothing” soup. Yummy.
    :-) Mandy

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