I had never heard of quinoa until I went to Peru and discovered a delicious, traditional soup. There are a lot of ingredients, but it is worth the work!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Stir in the quinoa, carrot, celery, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, until lightly browned, stirring frequently.

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  • Pour in the chicken broth, water, tomatoes, and cabbage. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the quinoa and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley before servings.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 20.1g 7% DV; fat 4g 6% DV; cholesterol 3.5mg 1% DV; sodium 893.2mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2008
This was very good and very easy! I added: mushrooms lots of chopped fresh basil a couple bay leaves a dash of thyme and a can of white beans I left out: celery (didn't have it) and parsley (since I focused on basil instead) It turned out beautifully though I still thought it could use a bit more spice. Not sure what though. A jalapeno pepper might do it some good. I have a cold and this really hit the spot as a veggie soup remedy. If you don't want the quinoa to go mushy make sure you cook it just long enough for all the veggies to be tender. You'll see the quinoa is ready when it "pops" open and floats to the surface instead of being grounded on the bottom of the pot. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2007
This was really not the best recipe I've ever made. The flavour of the soup was really nice and definately an easy and quick meal to make but I found teh quinoa totally fell apart and turned to mush rathar than held it's shape which also lead it to taking up the majority of the volume of the soup. If I was to make this again I would cook the quinoa separately and add it to bowl fulls of the soup rathar than a one-pot deal. That way you would keep the nice "pop" than perfectly cooked quinoa has. Read More
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51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2007
This was really not the best recipe I've ever made. The flavour of the soup was really nice and definately an easy and quick meal to make but I found teh quinoa totally fell apart and turned to mush rathar than held it's shape which also lead it to taking up the majority of the volume of the soup. If I was to make this again I would cook the quinoa separately and add it to bowl fulls of the soup rathar than a one-pot deal. That way you would keep the nice "pop" than perfectly cooked quinoa has. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2008
This was very good and very easy! I added: mushrooms lots of chopped fresh basil a couple bay leaves a dash of thyme and a can of white beans I left out: celery (didn't have it) and parsley (since I focused on basil instead) It turned out beautifully though I still thought it could use a bit more spice. Not sure what though. A jalapeno pepper might do it some good. I have a cold and this really hit the spot as a veggie soup remedy. If you don't want the quinoa to go mushy make sure you cook it just long enough for all the veggies to be tender. You'll see the quinoa is ready when it "pops" open and floats to the surface instead of being grounded on the bottom of the pot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2006
I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make this recipe vegetarian. I cooked the soup for about an hour longer than the recipe calls for. The quinoa cooked down a lot and it made a nice thick and creamy broth. I recommend serving this with thick slices of multi-grain bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2009
Yummy! I love Quinoa and thought it was a great idea to make it into soup. I decided to use some extra herbs to give it some pep. A dash of cumin A pinch of basil A spot of red pepper flakes A thing of canned tomatoes (juice an all) and some shell noodles. I cooked the Quinoa in the veggie broth tomato/water after cooking the veggies a little. A little after that I added the pasta. I found that the Quinoa kept together this way and the pasta was not over done. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/08/2011
I haven't made this recipe...I just want to know what the big balls of stuff are in the picture??? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2006
I thought this soup was great...the cabbage made the soup slightly sweet. I used organic quinoa and I believe it improved the flavor too. I believe though this might please long-time vegetarians more. I will take leftover for lunch tomorrow. THis is a meal in itself. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2006
I used a veggie broth and decresed the water and it came out more like a stew. Very easy and pretty delicious. I love quinoa Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2006
This was alright. I used about 5 or 6 carrots instead of just the one and added a few cups of tomato juice with the chopped tomatoes. I used both red and white quinoa which made this prettier but the taste was just so so. I think that adding meat would make this better. Not bad by any means but not amazing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2006
I doctored this heavily. I used canned tomatoes because they are not in season here right now and added seasoning such as a packet of Sazon and a bay leaf. Still good base for veggie soup. Served it with bug hunks of whole grain baguette. Easily made vegan. Great way to introduce a new unfamiliar food (quinoa) to a skeptic (my fiance). I will make this again. Read More
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