Summer Soup
Summer Soup

Summer Vegetables Soup
Summer Vegetables Soup

What Vegetable Has Ears

A few Summers ago, I discovered Ukrainian soup with green beans, carrots, and pigs ears. Intentionally or not, Ukrainian cuisine expert Sergey Pozhar gave his recipe a funny name Green Beans with Ears that caught my attention. It is simple to make, homey, with variety of interesting textures and beautiful colors. I cooked it a few times following the recipe and then started making my own variations with local seasonal vegetables.

Guiltless Pleasures

Eventually, I omitted thickening my soups with flour and replaced pigs ears with cooked proteins like grilled chicken or smoked ham. Its always a pleasure to reduce time spent in a hot kitchen during the Summer, isn’t it? My soups were made with chicken stock, vegetable broth, or water. The abundance of fresh young vegetables allowed me to combine different ingredients every time — corn kernels, green beans, okra, zucchini, summer squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, sweet pea and sunflower shoots, scallions and chives, etc. It became my own formula for the a quick, healthy soup with bright colors. The beginning is always the same — to sauté diced onion and grated carrot in melted butter and cream for color. Because beta-carotene in a carrot is fat soluble, this step is important for the final color of the soup and for making the best use of the nutrient. The rest in this recipe is variable — adjust it to your taste and diet!

Summer Vegetables Soup with Ramps Puree

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American, Eastern European, European
Keyword: greens, lycooking, lyukum cooking lab, recipe, soup, vegetables
Servings: 3 portions


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 0.7 oz onion 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 oz carrot 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 Fresno chili peppers minced
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock/broth, or water
  • 1/3 lb green beans
  • 9 cherry tomato halved
  • 2 oz corn kernels fresh
  • 1 Bell sweet peppers mini, sliced
  • 1 Shishito pepper sliced
  • 1 oz ramps paste


  • Prepare all ingredients.
    Summer Soup Ingredients
  • In a sauté pan, melt 1 tbsp butter on medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and Fresno. Season and sauté till soft and fragrant, for about 1-1.5 minutes.
    Making Summer Soup
  • Add cream and simmer for 1 minute to extract carotene.
    Making Summer Soup
  • Add stock and bring to simmer. Adjust seasoning, add green beens and corn, bring to simmer again, and cook for 2 minutes.
    Making Summer Soup
  • Add peppers and simmer for another minute. Add ramps puree, stir, and check the taste. Adjust if needed.
    Making Summer Soup
  • Serve hot topped with halved cherry tomatoes. Add grilled or toasted ciabatta slices and herbs flowers if available.
Summer Soup with Ramps Puree
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