1 medium onion (2 1/2 inches in diameter), chopped
2 large stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 medium red bell pepper
1 cup chopped carrot (you can use chopped pumpkin, if available)
1 heaping tablespoon sweet paprika
3 teaspoons turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bay leaf
A little hot sauce
1 15 oz can tomatoes, chopped
1 large leaf of chard, about 1 and 1/2 cups – can use spinach or other dark leafy green – cut into thin strips
10 oz frozen green beans (or fresh)
Salt and pepper
5 cups stock or broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a large soup pot, put oil, onion, and celery. Cook on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes to develop more sweetness in the onion.
Add garlic and turn up the heat to medium. Cook for a minute or so and add the peppers and carrots. Cook another minute or two and add the spices. Stir and cook until fragrant — another minute or so.
Add tomatoes and stock, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add frozen beans and chard and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the beans are cooked.
If adding cooked cubed meat such as chicken or turkey, add at this time.