Vern's Vegan Soup

Submitted by: vggiegirl  Source:  VegWeb

*Note, I omit oil and tofu. (However as a treat to myself, I made a batch on Sunday w/ not even 1/2 a package of Mori Nu tofu (LITE, Extra firm)

1 tbsp water (original called for extra virgin olive oil)
1 onion diced
5 celery stocks diced
3 carrots diced
2 tomatoes diced
1 garlic clove chopped
1 can garbanzo beans rinsed
1 cup collard greens (frozen works well)
1 cup tomato juice
tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce
1 vegetarian bouillon cube
cup pearl barley
water to cover
14 oz. extra firm tofu (not silken) cut into inch cubes

In a large saucepan heat 1 tbsp water to medium and cook onion until caramelized.

Add celery, carrots, tomatoes, and garlic cook another five minutes.

Reduce heat to a simmer, and add garbanzo beans, collard greens, tomato juice, thyme, parsley, hot sauce, bouillon cube, and barley.  Add just enough water to cover and simmer for 30 minuets or until barley is done.

Add tofu and cook for 5 minutes.  ENJOY

Serves: 4  Preparation time: 45 min.

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