Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Getting your veggies in with new Bittman recipes

It is no secret - in this house Mark Bittman is pretty much a god. This morning on the Today Show, he was promoting his latest book, "The Food Matters Cookbook" and showed off two recipes that look like great ways to get in our cancer fighting vegetables. 

The best vegetable soup ever, no kidding

  • 3/4 cup olive oil, more or less
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch parsley, washed and chopped, thick stems discarded
  • 2 or 3 cabbage leaves, chopped
  • 1 bunch chard, preferably white, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked white beans, like cannellini, with their liquid if possible

Put about a third of the olive oil in the bottom of a deep pot and turn the heat to medium.
Add half the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften, which takes about 10 minutes.
Add about half of the remaining oil and repeat the process, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go.
Add the remaining oil with the parsley, cabbage and chard and cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is softened but not browned.
Add the tomato paste and stir.
Mash the beans so that they're about half mashed and half more-or-less whole. Add this mixture to the pot, along with any bean cooking liquid and enough water to make the whole mixture stewy but not watery.
Continue cooking, tasting and adjusting the seasoning as necessary, until all the vegetables are very tender and the soup is hot. Serve hot or warm.
Serving Size
Makes about 10 servings

Roasted butternut chowder with apples and bacon

  • 1 butternut squash, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 4 bacon slices, or one 1/2-inch-thick strip slab bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or water
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock or water

Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spread the squash, onion, apples, bacon and garlic in a deep roasting pan or on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with the oil.
Roast, stirring every now and then, until the squash, onion and apples are tender and browned and the bacon is crisp, which takes about 45 minutes.
Remove the roasting pan from the oven.
Stir in the sage and white wine and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom.
If you're using a roasting pan that can be used on the stovetop, position the pan over 2 burners and put both on medium heat. Otherwise, transfer the contents of the pan to a large pot or Dutch oven and set it over medium heat.
Add the stock and cook until the squash, onion and apples break apart and thicken and flavor the broth, which takes about 25 minutes. You can help the process along by breaking the mixture up a bit with a spoon.
Serving Size
Makes four servings

Recipes appear as posted on the Today Show website.


  1. It's cannelini (beans)not cannelloni (pasta). I will try the squash soup today and let you know how it goes. Bacon makes everything better!

  2. Well I know that. I didn't type it out - I cut and pasted it from the Today Show website. My editor's eye is on strike cause I haven't had my coffee yet. :-)

    I'll fix it.

  3. You are the only one to have this recipe typed up...thank you! I'm making it tonight!

  4. Woo hoo!I would too if I had any cabbage or chard in the house. This will have to wait for me - but let me know what you think of it.

  5. I made the squash soup and it was great. I added leeks and put whole bulbs of garlic in to roast and squashed them out after...yummm

  6. Yum. I made a Chilaquile Casserole with green chilies, heirloom tomatoes, broccoli and cheddar. I was going to put leeks in but decided to save them for soup. I did use the leeks last night as a bed for salmon roasted in parchment. I didn't say thank you enough for the leeks, garlic or squash. Thank you! I'm going to defrost some bacon and do the squash soup on Friday.

  7. Anyone hesitating - the vegetable soup is fantastic! Better than the squash soup IMO. The parsley makes it - the soup tastes fresh and clean and so yummy. And I didn't even need to add garlic.