Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
Kasha is another name for buckwheat groats, which are very healthy and full of nutrients. They have sort of a smokey flavor, which pairs very well with the tomatoes in this recipe to make a deep, satisfying soup. Recipe attributed to "Lean and Luscious" by Bobbie Hinman and Millie Snyder.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups onions, chopped
- 1 cup carrot, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 (32 ounce) can tomatoes, chopped, undrained
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 1⁄2 cups water or 4 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock
- 1⁄2 cup dried kasha, uncooked
- Heat oil in a stockpot or large saucpan over medium heat.
- Add onions, carrots, and celery.
- Sautee until onions are translucent and begining to turn golden, about 10 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, bay leaves, and water/stock.
- Bring boil, then reduce to low heat, cover and simmer 40 minutes.
- Stir in kasha, cover, and cook 20 minutes more or until kasha is tender.
- Remove and discard bay leaves before serving.
At first, we thought, "onion, carrot, celery, tomatoes, vegetable stock, and kasha, how can you go wrong with that?" Sorry, but this just didn't work for us. Perhaps it was the 40 minute simmer time before adding the kasha. We'll not be trying this again.
Very good!!! Quick and easy , yet tasted very much like what we call a "Sunday Pot" dinner. I had a 35 ounce can of whole tomatoes, so I used that and chopped them up a bit...then to "even" things out I added more carrot or maybe I did that because I love carrots (:wink:)!! I also used a very spicy homemade veggie broth that had a lot of basil, garlic and peppery flavors...that all blended nicely with the sweet tomato/carrot and the nutty kasha!! A lovely hearty, healthy dinner...perfect for this Fall rather chilly, damp day - really warmed our hearts and bellies - YUM!!! - Thanks Roosie!! :)
You'll want to at least double this recipe if you're feeding a family. It was really good with fresh bread to dip in.