Ramp Soup

I worked from home today, partially to recover from last night‘s ridiculous commute. When I went to bed last night, I had intended to go into the office today, and so had packed a lunch, which included a bowl of some vegetable soup I’d made a pot of on Sunday night to use for weekly lunches. But when lunchtime rolled around and I was at home, I felt as if I were depriving myself of the opportunity to cook if I just heated up the soup I had packed. On the other hand, though, I was working and didn’t have time to cook. So what did I do? Made a different kind of soup, of course. There’s something wrong with me. There’s nothing wrong with the soup I made, though, in fact, it was fantastic. You see, I had some ramps from last night left over, and what do I do with most leftovers? Soup!

Ramp Soup

1 lb potatoes, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 oz ramps, cleaned well, white parts chopped, green parts roughly chopped
4 cups vegan broth (I used “chicken” flavored)
freshly ground pepper, to taste
lemon wedges, for serving

Dice and chop the potatoes, celery, carrot, and ramps, and place in a soup pot. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until potatoes are soft. Season with pepper. Puree in a blender or with an immersion blender. To serve, drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Here are all the awesome things about this soup:

  1. Next to no effort: a little bit of chopping, and then a little blending. In between, you can do other things. This was great for working from home: I got the satisfaction of a homemade soup, with very little interruption of my work.
  2. Fast: if you dice the potatoes small enough, and boil the water in a kettle while you chop, this can be ready in as little as 20 minutes.
  3. Fat-free: Not only did skipping sauteing the veggies save time, but there was no need to add oil.
  4. It involves ramps!
  5. It tastes great!

Really, this soup was great. I’ll make it again. I served it with a “chicken” salad sandwich, served on a Five Grain Levain roll (I try to keep a bunch of these in my freezer). I thought when I made the sandwich that it looked like a dinosaur head, but when I looked at the picture later, I thought it looked like a human skull. Either way I’m probably crazy, eh?

Other than my delicious lunch, today has been quiet. The cats are probably confused because although he’s at the office today, Mark works from home 95% of the time and I work from the office 95% of the time, so it’s unusual I’d be here and he wouldn’t. They don’t seem like they’re letting this oddity bother them much, though.

Torticia stuck her tongue out at me when I wanted her picture:

And I’m just boring Gomez:

Doesn’t he look like a bear?!?


  1. Josiane Said,

    May 3, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    Working from home to recover from last night’s commute sounds like a very good call, and well deserved! Your ramp soup sounds very good too. 🙂

  2. Amy Said,

    May 3, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    I can see the dinosaur head! haha

    I cannot believe it takes that long to go 10 miles!

  3. FoodFeud Said,

    May 3, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    I love the sandwich pic! I’m leaning more towards dinosaur. Also love the kitty tongue…my cat does that too, and she’s all black so the pink tongue is too cute in contrast!

  4. Stacy Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    How did you make you “chicken” salad, if ya don’t mind me asking? Thanks!

  5. renae Said,

    May 9, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    Hi Stacy, I used the “vegetarian chicken” from Nature’s Soy, which I find at my Asian grocery store. I just mixed it up with Vegenaise, celery, onions, and whatever else would go into chicken salad. (I don’t remember off the top of my head what I put in it this time, but I just do whatever looks good at the time.)

  6. Stacy Said,

    May 10, 2011 @ 5:31 pm


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