Clary's Magical Vegetable Soup

"Cheers and many, many days of enjoying this soup. Clary used to say (and I repeat often) this soup heals everything: heartache, hangovers, and health problems." -KJ Zumwalt
Photography By Russell Cothren | September 01, 2015


  1. Chop butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Add to a large stockpot with the hominy, jalapeño, crushed tomatoes, and stock or water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn down to medium-high for about and hour and a half until squash and sweet potatoes are tender.
  3. Turn heat down to low, and add the onion, poblano pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and brown sugar. Simmer for another 30 minutes.

Makes a little more than a gallon.

Recipe by Clary Perez


  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and seeded
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 15-ounce can hominy, drained
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (the secret weapon)
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