Solar Soup in a Hurry

I’m still not used to the Southern California weather phenomenon know as marine layer or June gloom. Many a morning starts out overcast only to clear up by noon; catching me off guard and unprepared for solar cooking. Red lentils are always a good choice on those days. They don’t need to be presoaked and cook faster than any other legume I know of.

Garlicky Sun Oven Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups red lentils, rinsed and drained

2 small onions, very finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, very finely chopped

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Solar Roasted Vegetable Soup

Can’t get flavorsome tomatoes at your local market? Not a problem, even mediocre tomatoes will shine after an hour or so in the Sun Oven. The times given on this recipe are just a suggestion, the longer the veggies roast the better they taste.

Sun Oven Roasted Tomato Soup

Ingredients

1 pound Roma tomatoes, halved

1 red bell pepper, quartered and seeded

1 red onion, quartered

2 cloves garlic, unpeeled

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Solar Cook Today, Eat Today… and Tomorrow

With a little planning you can enjoy solar cooked meals even on cloudy days. Set aside some of the beans from this soup for lunch on a rainy day.

Sun Oven Vegetarian Back Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 pound dried black beans, picked over, rinsed, soaked overnight and drained

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

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Solar Soup with Beans, Cauliflower, and Fennel

This soup can be prepared early in the day in the Sun Oven and gently reheated stovetop at dinner time. Served with some good, crusty bread it’s a meal on its own.

Sun Oven Cauliflower and  Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

1 cauliflower, cut into small flowerets

2 (14-ounce) cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed, divided

1 quart vegetable broth

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Solar Celery Soup

Celery is one of those ingredients I always have on hand. In fact, sometimes I find myself with a little too much. When that happens I whip up a batch of this unique soup.

Sun Oven Celery Soup with Curry

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 leek, white and pale green parts only, finely sliced

5 1/2 cups celery, chopped

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 1/2 cups potatoes, scrubbed and diced

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Solar Irish Soup

Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast. Steel-cut oats give this simple soup its unique flavor and texture.

Sun Oven Irish Soup with Oats

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1 carrot, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

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Chicken Soup to the Rescue

We’ve been fighting off  the sniffles around here for the past few days and what could be better than some solar cooked chicken soup? First thing this morning I got the stock going. Things were a little touch and go there for a while, with the sun going in and out behind the clouds, but the Sun Oven’s temperature never dropped below 200F and it was ready by noon. That left plenty of time, and sunshine, to make a nice pot of comforting soup for dinner.

Sun Oven Chicken Soup

Ingredients

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Solar Black-eyed Pea Soup

 

Whenever I cook bacon I try to make some extra to have on hand for recipes like this soup. I learned from experience to squirrel away any strips I want to save for later. Otherwise it tends to mysteriously disappear from the serving plate. Bacon is easy to cook in the Sun Oven, click here to see how.

Sun Oven Black-eyed Pea Soup

Ingredients

1 pound dried black-eyed peas, picked over, rinsed, and soaked overnight

1/4 pound smoked ham, cubed

1 onion, diced

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Solar Simmered Soup

Anytime a recipe calls for sautéing it can be done in the Sun Oven. Just remember to keep an eye on it, sautéed garlic (or anything else) is almost as easy to burn in the Sun Oven as it is stovetop.

Sun Oven Chickpea and Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

1/2 pound dried chick peas, previously cooked, drained reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

10 ounces cauliflower flowerets, fresh or frozen (thawed)

1 carton or canned (26.5 ounces) chopped tomatoes

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Colorful Solar Soup

This soup’s multicolored vegetable base is reminiscent of the famous Italian clown-like character; Arlecchino (Harlequin).  The liquid smoke imparts a hint of bacon flavor without the meat. Just don’t do what I did. I had some in the door of my fridge, and when I opened the fridge, the bottle is so small that it slipped out and broke on the floor. If that happens it will smell like your house is on fire.

Sun Oven Arlecchino Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 turnip, peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced

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