Farmer's Market Vegetable Soup

1  Japanese eggplant, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
1  zucchini, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
1  yellow squash, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
1  medium sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Bermuda, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1  large red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, and cut lengthwise into quarters
1/4 cup olive oil
 {salt}, to taste
 freshly ground {black pepper}, to taste
2 cloves {garlic}, peeled and minced
4 cups chicken stock or 4 cups chicken broth powder
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried {oregano}
Prepare a medium-hot grill.

Brush eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and bell pepper slices with olive oil, reserving 1 tablespoon. Sprinkle vegetables with salt and pepper.

Grill vegetables, covered, for a total of 8 minutes, turning them once. Remove vegetables from the grill. Peel pepper, and then cut all vegetables into a 1/2-inch dice.

Heat remaining oil in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add stock, tomatoes, parsley, oregano, and diced vegetables, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer soup, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 1 hr

Cook Time: 25 min

Servings: yields 4 to 6 servings

Recipe By: Ellen Brown

From:  Great Year-Round Grilling in the Midwest
Used with permission of The Lyons Press

Chef Suggestions
This soup can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated, tightly covered. Reheat soup slowly, but do not let it boil or reduce.