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Apple-Pear Hard Cider Soup: Vegan, G-Free

Updated on March 10, 2015

A hearty soup dish to be enjoyed in sickness and in health.

This slow cooked, home-cooked meal will permeate your house and your senses with a savory-sweet aroma. Most people have a preference for a certain type of apple and there is no wrong choice. My favorite is the fuji apple. You can also use any kind of pear you like. Feel free to stir in real maple syrup instead of maple flavored agave syrup for sweetness. You may even want to put in a small drop of molasses. The point is, don't be afraid to make it your own and use it for any occasion. Whether you're under the weather or feeling blue; this is like wrapping up in a warm blanket. This is comfort food at its best when you feel your worst. This dish also makes a nice offering at celebrations. Add some color with vegan or regular cheddar cheese and crushed blue corn tortilla chips on top to kick off the festivities!

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 fuji apples
  • 1 D'anjou pear
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 tablespoons soy free earth balance spread
  • 1 bottle woodchuck hard apple cider
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tbsp maple agave syrup

Instructions

  1. Saute' mushrooms, shallots, apples and pears until soft then add spices and liquids.
  2. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. You can decide whether you like firm or softer chunks and adjust cooking time accordingly. This is an easy going quick prep recipe that you can't really mess up.
  3. I personally like to top my soups off with Vitamin B12 fortified nutritional yeast flakes.
  4. Another fun tip is to put popcorn on the soup in place of croutons or corn chips. You can flavor the popcorn prior to topping the soup. Coat the popcorn with nonstick butter flavored spray which will help any spice or flavoring concoction to adhere. Try flavoring the popcorn with a sweet truvia/cinnamon mixture or grated cheese or even spicy blends. Then sprinkle it on top of your soup! Young guests will especially appreciate the whimsy in this effort.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 120

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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