Vegetable Pot Pie Soup

According to Steven Strogatz in the New Yorker, “The digits of pi never end and never show a pattern. They go on forever, seemingly at random—except that they can’t possibly be random, because they embody the order inherent in a perfect circle. This tension between order and randomness is one of the most tantalizing aspects of pi.”

Fascinating. To both mathematicians and lay people alike. So much so that there is even a day set aside to celebrate pi.

Perhaps it’s because pi gives us a taste of infinity while simultaneously keeping it all neat and circular.

This soup is another tantalizing aspect of a completely different kind of pie. 

I hope you find it as tantalizing as math nerds the world over find pi! 

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time45 min
  • Serving Size8 servings
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegetarian

Ingredients

For Soup

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 pearl onions, quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 6 cups well flavored stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 10 baby potatoes, cut into bite size chunks
  • 20 – 30 fresh green beans, cut into bite size pieces or 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • ½ cup half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste

For "pie" crust

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Parmesan or Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ heaping teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into butter size pats

Preparing the soup

Soup

1

Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the sauté and cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Add the stock, bay leaves, poultry seasoning, herbs de Provence, nutritional yeast and potatoes. Stir and then let simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Add the green beans, corn and peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.

While the soup is simmering...

2

While the soup is simmering, make your “pie” crusts.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Mix flour, cheese, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer. Add butter and process or mix until the dough begins to come together. Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1 1/2  inch balls. Arrange dough balls on baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Press each ball into a round using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in flour.

Bake rounds for 18-20 minutes. They’re down when the  bottoms are just beginning to turn golden brown.

To serve

3

Remove the bay leaf from the soup and ladle into bowls. Top each bowl with a pastry round. 

To deliver

4

Share soup in a container with the pastry rounds delivered in a separate container or bag. Let the recipient know that the pastry rounds are served on top of each bowl of soup after it’s been re-heated. 

Enjoy!

5

Do you know someone who would love this recipe?

Easy As Pie Tweaks To Help You Create a Greater Sense of Connection

When our relationships are humming along we tend to feel good about life. But when even one relationship is out of whack it can have a negative effect that ripples through our lives. Negative interaction with someone in our lives, whether it’s a co-worker, partner, child or friend, can send us into an internal monologue and external justification offensive that consumes our attention, thoughts and good humor.

Sound relationships are the foundation of our success and satisfaction at home, at work and at play. Yet, we’re juggling so many of them (in person, through our inbox, texts, phone and social media) that we can easily end up feeling overwhelmed and ineffective.

Maintaining healthy relationships is imperative… and daunting. 

If you’re looking for a little relationship refinement here are 4 simple things that can help. 

1. Go to bed.

Seriously.

Studies show that getting enough sleep gives you relationship super powers like being kind and empathetic and engaged and approachable.

Conversely, without enough sleep, we grapple with mood swings, give off a vibe that screams “unapproachable”, act irritable and even more aggressive.

One study conducted by the Harvard Medical School found that “after just one night of less than optimal sleep we are 60% more likely to be more emotionally reactive and unable to put emotional experiences into context or produce controlled, appropriate responses.”

In other words, better rested = better relationships

2. Step away from your phone (and other devices).

A warm smile.

Eye contact.

They seem simple enough but really they are the superstars of connection.

Yet, when we’re peering at a screen we’re doing less of both.

The result of too much screen time is leaving us with an underlying feeling of loneliness that can be hard to shake.

If you’re guilty of sneaking a peek at a device while a colleague, child, friend or partner tells you a story it’s not that you’re evil but rather that our screens are engineered to be captivating. Which means we need to consciously make a choice to put them away and focus on the people in the room.

3. Make the first 2 minutes positive.

Whenever you enter a room or pick up the phone or send a note you have the opportunity to set the stage.

These first few minutes of any encounter determine the mood for the entire interaction.

That means that if we walk through the door at home or our office with a complaint on our lips about traffic and a list of all the things we already feel behind on running through our head, we have set the stage for disconnection and negativity.

So unless the sky is really falling, walk through the door with your phone put away, a smile on your face and a funny or upbeat story ready to share and after a short two minutes you’ll have set the stage for more satisfying interactions.

4. Find and capitalize on “improbable moments of grace.”

I love the idea of spotting “improbable moments of grace,” a phrase coined by Anne Lamont. 

When someone shares something positive, get excited.  Follow up with questions or ask them to recount the event so you can both relive the moment and the good feeling.

And if there is nothing obviously good to celebrate, find an improbable moment of grace (your hair didn’t frizz in the rain, you were listening to an awesome pod cast so didn’t mind hitting every red light, the wet phone in the rice trick actually worked… you get the idea) and share it with whomever you are with because positivity is infectious and relationship changing.

Bonus: Research shows that focusing on the positive for just 10 seconds helps your brain see the upside faster.

Three cheers for knowing that finding the positive gets easier and easier over time.

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