I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate.
In your pot toss in your onion and ground meat to brown together. I am one of those a dash of this a smidgen of that kinda bad cooks. When someone asks for a recipe & wants it to be specific, I almost have to make the recipe over so I can measure. Measuring and being so careful stifles my creative process. Sorry, born color-er outside the liner. Pusher of envelopes, buck-er of the system… measuring is a very good thing but I look at cooking as an adventure. Sometimes I want a little like this or that. Sometimes my mood calls for an extra dash or I feel like trying a new little trick. I blaze it my own way after looking over the suggestions, make it your own and give it flair. This recipe totally allows for it!
Season your meat. I like to add 1tsp or more or minced or crushed garlic. I do love garlic though. Stick around me long enough and no vampires will fall in love with you either. ;)
I poked through the fridge and snagged all the veggies that needed to be used and then hunted the pantry. I recently had gotten great coupons from Libby’s so I knew I was bound to find some gems.
Let’s build that rich broth that is going to be the vehicle in which your flavor is so beautifully melted together.
Pour the whole container into your pot with your meat. If you used ground turkey or chicken you certainly can use a chicken stock or chicken broth instead or as well. I’ve made this MANY times with nothing but chicken broth because that’s what I had on hand. It gives it an odd in a good way zest. Almost like you can quite put your finger on why it’s different but it still tastes amazing. You can make a special trip to the store or make do with what we have on hand. Up to you my dear. It’s all good!
Here’s where it gets challenging…. what veggies do you have on hand in your fridge? Now let’s check out your pantry. Anything look good, sound good or you know you should try to eat more of it BUT it’s not really your favorite. This is the place to try it out… all the lovely flavors mesh so well that you’ll not have tasted the zucchini or spinach in this way. Here’s what I found and went right into my pot.
Open bag, pour desired amount right into your pot. If you have someone who is not a carrot fan, try the carrot chips or shreds. I find the shreds work really well for a kiddo who doesn’t enjoy it a ton to eat it happily.
Chop your zucchini into small chunks, no wider than the width of your pinkie finger if you can help it. Pull the strings off your celery and chop it into the size you desire.
Del Monte Zucchini with Italian-Style Tomato Sauce… LOVE this stuff! Open the can and pour it all right on into your pot.
Del Monte Potatoes coming through for me again! Drain and toss contents into pot too.
Open, drain and toss into your pot.
Again with the open, drain and pour into the pot. The presence of corn at our dinner table ALWAYS without fail causes our dinner conversation towards genetically modified foods and/ or poop. Poop/ bodily functions always finds it’s way into our family discussions. Alas, they take the free to be you and be a bit too freely sometimes.
At this time, let us pause and view our soup pot. How are we feeling about what we have working here? Is there a something we’ve missed that you’d like to include? My guess is that your pot is getting pretty full. It’s a beautiful thing!
For my next trick… I will add another box of broth or stock. http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/safeway-o-organics/chicken-broth-low-sodium/ Check out the stats on this broth. It’s really neat how they track it. If you really like broth and your pot will allow for the room, you can add another box or can of broth or fix a box or can with water and dump it in. It my pot I’m at capacity but it’s a really awesome place to be. I like to add another shake or two of my seasoned salt, garlic salt and pepper right about now. Your soup is about to sit there and simmer it’s way to goodness. Let’s give it something to make it taste better than your mama’s ever did!
Bring your pot to a nice cozy boil. Turn it down and leave it to simmer for about 25 minutes. Every so often just stir to avoid any burning on the bottom. I like to eat it just like that right there. HOWEVER, I’ve learned to get my Handsome Prince and the kids, when they were little to eat it happily, it needs to contain noodles.
Noodles are a universal food!
I toss my noodles right into my pot. The noodles will soak up your broth so you may find you’ll want to add a can or two of water to your pot to offer you more both in at the end. I’ve known people that swear by boiling their noodles in a seperate pot and then adding them to their soup. I look at it as yet another pot to have to wash. I toss them on in and in 8-10 minutes your soup is done and reasy to be served!
Sprinkle with your favorite cheese. I like fresh parmesan, this fresh Kraft Italian Blend I’ve tossed a colby jack blend on top too and it was great too!
I started making The Pioneer Woman’s “The Bread” Oh My Heavens! Too good to be true! Might not meet my idea of watching what you eat but heck, a good soup deserves something exceptional to dip into it!
Bread, croutons, crackers, by it’s self, with a salad… this is guaranteed to please a fill happy tummies everywhere!
K eats this for EVERY SINGLE MEAL until every last drop is gone!
Veggies are a great thing! Even if your soup have a few things your people may try to say no to, it is still rather easy to eat and avoid one item. Before you know it, your kids, Prince or Princess will be eating ALL of it and begging for you to make it again.
Like I said, I’ve been trying to put some in the freezer for a quick hearty freezer meal to fall back on. I can’t get any in there before it gets eaten. Thrilled to share my love of veggies with those I love so much.
So maybe we don’t have very many days that the weather makes us want to curl up in front of the fire with a hot bowl of hot fresh vegetable soup but when they happen our way, why not celebrate the day!
Curl up with the ones you love and for heavens sake, make your people soup!
Enjoying a cozy day in the kitchen,