True story – the original lyrics to that famous Mary Poppins song actually went: “Just a spoonful of seasonal and local Soupergirl spring minestrone makes the medicine go down!” The writers were so excited! Not only were they going to teach children to take their medicine, they were also going to encourage them to eat seasonal and local produce! Oh, imagine the possibilities. Children would see the movie and beg their parents to take them to the farmers market, demanding to see fresh basil, zucchini, chard, beans, and so much more! They would marvel at the soup’s delicious and fresh flavor! In the most delightful way indeed!! But then the director stepped in and pointed out that it was 1964 and Soupergirl didn’t exist. Neither did farmer’s markets for that matter. So maybe they should just use the word “sugar” instead. Kind of lame, if you ask me. One of the writers, Zelda Souperosky (my dear great aunt), quit in protest. I dedicate this soup to her.
Ingredients (in no particular order): zucchini, swiss chard, basil, green beans, tomato paste, white beans, Arborio rice, dried thyme, dried sage, parsley, celery, carrot, onion, olive oil, salt, pepper, homemade vegetable stock goodness
Soup type: Chunky