October definitely is when soup season kicks into high gear. In Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe poses as an innkeeper at the Waystone Inn and apparently is a mean cook. This vegetable soup recipe is one I’ve created based on the description of the one he prepares for his patrons at harvest time in the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear. Ladle a few scoops into a bowl and serve it up with some nice grainy bread and some cheese, apples and sausage on the side. Don’t forget to offer your guests some cider or ale to wash it all down!
This version is for a crock pot, which will free you up to spend more time telling the story of your young life to Chronicler. 🙂 If you don’t have a crock pot or just prefer to make things on the hob, you can adapt this to suit a large stock pot. Just heat a bit of olive oil in the bottom of the pot and saute the carrots and onions for a few minutes before adding the garlic and then the rest of the ingredients.
Kvothe's Harvest Vegetable Soup
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3 large carrots
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 medium white potatoes (about 1 lb.)
- 2 medium zucchini
- 28 oz fire roasted dice tomatoes
- 32 oz vegetable broth (I used low sodium)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
Roughly chop or cube all vegetables to about the same size.
Add all ingredients to the 7 quart crockpot and cover. Cook for 6-8 hours on high. The cooking time will depend on how hot your crock pot gets. I left it on high for about 6 hours and switched to low overnight and it was absolutely delicious. Keep an eye on it and adjust the time as needed!
Now you’re ready to take a break and cozy up by the fire to tell stories with your friends. What’s your favorite kind of soup or stew to make this time of year?