I made this recipe in the height of Coronavirus back in March, but forgot to upload it. Now that it is nearly fall, this Roman "poor man" soup is ideal to use up those cabinet ingredients as well as ignite something healthy and hearty during the cooler months.
For those who have fall allergies or sinus issues, the slight heat that comes from this dish clears out the sinuses without overheating the palate.
For the Romans, they were known for many recipes and creative concoctions. Did you know that the Romans were the original creators of flan? That is for another blog post, but know that many recipes that we know today root back to the ancient Roman and Greek era.
Back in the day, many soups and stews got their flavor from bones, meat broth and meat, but some were flavored solely with herbs. In this vegan dish, the flavor comes directly from the herbs and spices to bring about a savory and robust flavor coupled with a hint of heat.
Some historians said that the lower class citizens ate mainly vegetarian because of food availability and affordability. Some historians claim that is not true because many got to consume the same meats as the higher class, but just not in the same quantity or availability.
Regardless, this original recipe is usually made with a meat-based broth, and to add more flavor I used vegetable bouillon cubes. Vegetable broth is a suitable substitute.
Regardless of the origins, this is an affordable recipe that is packed with nutrients and warmth.
“Nearly everyone wants as least one outstanding meal a day.”
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com