Solar Cabbage Soup

Savoy cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables. It is sweeter and more tender than other varieties of cabbage. It’s great in soups, risottos, and can even be consumed raw. It’s worth seeking out if your regular store doesn’t carry it.

Sun Oven Savoy Cabbage Soup


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 medium savoy cabbage, cored and shredded

1 small white potato, peeled and cubed

1 quart broth (chicken or vegetable)

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Solar Fava Bean Soup with Pancetta

Inexpensive dried fava beans can be found in the Hispanic food section of most supermarkets. More expensive ones can be found in specialty stores or the gourmet food section of some supermarkets. The only difference seems to be the packaging.  I choose the cheaper ones.

Sun Oven Fava Bean Soup


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

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, finely sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 ounces pancetta, diced

1 tablespoon tomato concentrate

salt and pepper to taste

for serving:

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Chilled Solar Soup

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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