Harissa is a smoky North African chili paste made from smoked chiles, olive oil, spices, and sometimes tomatoes. Heat and flavor vary from brand to brand. This recipe was made with a French-produced harissa with a mild heat and extra sweetness from tomatoes.
Dairy-Free Soups & Stews
Lots of garlic makes this a deeply-flavored dish.
Farro is an ancient whole grain related to wheat. When cooked, it has a chewy texture and slightly nutty flavor.
The great colors here get a hit of green from collards added at the end. A final flourish from an orange-balsamic mix rounds out the flavor profile.
This recipe, created by Aylene Lambert, won Best Soup in VT's 2011 Chef Challenge. Lambert got the idea for this soup while trekking across England with her husband. "We were at this lodge in the middle of nowhere, expecting pretty basic English food," she says. "Instead, they had the most incredible vegetarian banana curry. The next day we had so much energy for hiking." On a cold winter night back in New York, Aylene used the same banana flavor to make a velvety carrot bisque.
The sunchoke, an iron-rich tuber that looks a bit like gingerroot, takes center stage in this sweet, mellow soup, which was featured on The French Laundry’s vegetarian tasting menu last May. Pickled radishes and homemade croutons add satisfying crunch.
Pale lager beer adds the mellow flavors of barley, hops, and malt to a rich vegetable stew. The secret ingredient is quick-cooking tapioca, which thickens the stew and gives it a glistening sheen.
Start with the smaller amount of the miso, and add more as needed, dissolving extra spoonfuls in hot soup liquid. If you have both dark and light misos on hand, use half of each for a more complex flavor. Bean thread noodles are readily available in many supermarkets. If fresh edamame are already cooked, add them to the soup at the last minute. This serves 3 as a main course, but 6 as an appetizer.