You'll never find a better recipe for a purple soup than this one! Full of fresh veggies and amazing contrasting textures.
~Chef Austin Merath
2 Lb + 3 Oz Purple Cabbage
1/2 Lb Yellow Potatoes
3/4 Lb Fresh Baby Spinach
3/4 Lb White Onions
1/2 Oz Baby Carrots
1/2 Oz Daikon
1/4 Oz Fresh Ginger
12 Spring Onions
12 Green Beans
4 Big Broccoli Florets
2 Cloves of Garlic
2 Tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
2, 5 Quart Vegetable Stock
8 Tbsp EVOO
To Taste White Vinegar
To Taste Balsamic Vinegar
To Taste Black Pepper
To Taste Table Salt
Warm on the stove the vegetable stock. Clean and chop the onions coarsely then saute it in a 5-liter pan with 4 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 crushed garlic cloves. In the meantime, chop the purple cabbage and the potatoes already peeled. When the onions are soft and translucent, add the cabbage and potatoes to the pan, stirring for a few minutes. Now, add the hot stock just about covering the vegetables, then put the lid on, leaving a small opening with a wooden spoon. Let it simmer for 40 minutes, then drain it saving the cooking water. Now, whisk the mixture adding as much cooking water as required to get a thick, uniform cream. Finally we'll add salt and let it cool until served.
Carrots and Daikon Baby Salad
While the cabbage is cooking, cut the carrots and daikon into julienne and season them with grated ginger, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a splash of white wine vinegar. Put the salad marinate in the fridge until ready to serve.
Green Beans and Spring Onions
Preheat the oven to 390° F, then wash the beans and onions. Peel the onions, keeping only the white part and ½ inch of the green, then steam them for 3 minutes (I suggest a bamboo steamer, convenient and inexpensive). Now, cut the onions in half, lengthwise, trim the green beans to 3-centimeter pieces, season them with salt and a little olive oil, then bake for 10 minutes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Last, grill until the vegetables are golden and wrinkled. Keep it warm until ready to serve.
Spinach Nest and Broccoli Florets
While the green beans and onions are in the oven, steam the spinach for 1 minute, then season with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, fine salt and black pepper. Now, steam the broccoli florets for 5 minutes and season with with a drizzle of olive oil, fine salt and black pepper.
Compose the Vegetable Cream
Warm the cream of cabbage and take out 4 large bowls. Pour the vegetable cream into the plates without overdoing it: the depth of the cream should be at most 1 centimeter deep so as not to sink the vegetable decorations. For each plate, arrange a nest of spinach over which we'll grate Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in small flakes. Now, make another nest with the daikon and carrot salad, and a third out of the beans and onions. Finally, put broccoli in the center of the plate. Served the vegetable cream immediately.
The ideal temperature for each component of the dish will be:
Cream of cabbage: hot
Broccoli and nest of green beans and onions: warm
Nest of spinach and Parmesan: room temperature
Nest of carrots and daikon: cold
The contrast of flavors and different temperatures will create variety and surprise in every bite, orchestrated by the consistent taste of the cream of cabbage.