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Recipe of the Week: Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM
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 Food historians tell us the history of soup is probably as old as the history of cooking. The act of combining various ingredients in a large pot to create a nutritious, filling, easily digested, simple to make/serve food was inevitable.  Soup  evolved according to local ingredients and tastes. New England chowder, Spanish gazpacho, Russian borscht, Italian minestrone, French onion, and Chinese won ton and are all variations on the same theme-Vegetable soup. How do you make yours? Is it a mixture of whatever is available at the farmer's market, or bits and pieces of leftovers that need to be used? Do you add meat or poultry, or is it strictly vegetarian? Do you add rice, noodles, potatoes, or another starch? Tell us about it, and share your recipe or method, please..

by on Feb. 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM
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SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM

 Remember the story of Stone Soup?

STONE SOUP

Start withone of the following as the base...

Pre-packaged broth

An envelope of dry recipe-soup mix (double the water)

Spaghetti sauce (diluted with an equal amount water)

Add lots of vegetables...

Canned, fresh, frozen or dried… anything goes!

Recipe ready or canned tomatoes

Add a starch...

Cooked or raw potatoes

Pre-cooked rice (add at end of cooking time)

Pre-cooked noodles (add at end of cooking time)

Add protein (optional)...

Canned beans

Leftover or cooked lean beef, pork, poultry or ham (cut in small pieces)

Canned poultry

Taste, then add your favorite seasonings...

Salt and pepper

Poultry seasoning (for chicken or turkey)

Parsley, basil or Italian seasoning, garlic

The soup is never the same twice in a row, but that’s half the fun. Be creative and if you come up with a really great combination,please let the rest of us know.

Serenity75
by on Feb. 22, 2011 at 12:35 AM

 This one I plan on trying soon:

Simple Crockpot Vegetable Soup

by beth on February 20, 2010

Sim­ple Crock­pot Veg­etable Soup

It’s a fast & easy recipe today.  You chop & dump into your crock­pot, let it do the rest for you.   It’s per­fect for a meat­less dish & it tastes as good as it smells cook­ing. My, Oh My, does it taste good.  Never knew my veg­gies could be so tempting.

What You Need

6 Cups Water

1 ½ Cups Tomato Puree

1 Cel­ery Stalk chopped

3/4 Cup of Corn

3/4  Cup of Peas

3 Car­rots diced

2 Medium Pota­toes diced into small cubes

½ Red Onion, finely chopped

1 Tea­spoon Pepper

1 ½  Tea­spoon Salt

1  Table­spoon Ital­ian Seasoning

2–3 Gar­lic Cloves (minced)

1 Table­spoon of Olive Oil (for saute­ing the onions)

6 ounces of small shaped noo­dles (you must boil, drain, & add these to your fin­ished soup)

You will need to saute your onions in the Olive Oil just until they are translu­cent. Before adding them into the Crockpot.

Cook in your Crock­pot for 5–6 hours on high.

HOWEVER, wait until after you have cooked the soup for 5–6 hours on high before adding your already boiled noo­dles (we like to add ones that are dif­fer­ent shapes) to the soup.

You will want to cook this in a 6 quart size crock­pot or larger. It makes 12 serv­ings, so if you wanted you adjust the recipe to feed a smaller lot. With our gang here this feed us with leftovers.

After it is done cook­ing & you have added your noo­dles you can then add addi­tional sea­son­ing to taste as you please or keep it as!

SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

 That sounds really good Heather.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

 A friend who has 3 boys, re-named this soup to add a little humor to the dinner meal.

Road Kill Soup

1 pound ground beef
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups beef or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup carrots
2 cups potatoes, diced
1 1/4 cups celery, sliced

Brown hamburger, drain. Place in crockpot. Add any extra vegetables you want. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

KaylaMillar
by Kayla on Feb. 23, 2011 at 6:07 PM

 lol the name sounds very appetizing

Quoting SweetLuci:

 A friend who has 3 boys, re-named this soup to add a little humor to the dinner meal.

Road Kill Soup

1 pound ground beef
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups beef or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup carrots
2 cups potatoes, diced
1 1/4 cups celery, sliced

Brown hamburger, drain. Place in crockpot. Add any extra vegetables you want. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 23, 2011 at 7:53 PM

 For boys, yes! lol.

Quoting KaylaMillar:

 lol the name sounds very appetizing

Quoting SweetLuci:

 A friend who has 3 boys, re-named this soup to add a little humor to the dinner meal.

Road Kill Soup

1 pound ground beef
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups beef or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup carrots
2 cups potatoes, diced
1 1/4 cups celery, sliced

Brown hamburger, drain. Place in crockpot. Add any extra vegetables you want. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

 

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM

 Minestrone (Italian Vegetable Soup)

2 (14.5 ounce) cans vegetable broth
1 (28 ounce) can peeled and crushed tomatoes
2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup frozen green beans
1 stalk celery, thickly sliced
1/3 cup frozen pearl onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried parsley
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
1 cube vegetable bouillon
1/2 cup macaroni
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
3 small zucchinis, cubed
Parmesan or Romano cheese 

In large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring broth, tomatoes, carrots, frozen green beans, celery, onions, garlic, parsley, basil, bay leaf and vegetable bouillon cube to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in macaroni, kidney beans, and zucchini. Bring soup back to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese serve.

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Feb. 26, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Thick Veggie Goulash


1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 cans mixed vegetables
2 cups water
elbow macaroni

optional shredded cheese, parmesan cheese
seasoning salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, mrs. dash extra spicy

Brown ground turkey.  In large boiler add all other ingredients.  Add ground turkey and bring to a boil; stirring frequently.   Reduce heat to medium and let simmer until noodles are done.  Stir frequently.  If desired stir in shredded cheese on top.  Serve with parmesan cheese if desired.


SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 26, 2011 at 6:57 PM

 That sounds good. Thanks for posting.

Quoting delanna6two:

Thick Veggie Goulash


1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 cans mixed vegetables
2 cups water
elbow macaroni

optional shredded cheese, parmesan cheese
seasoning salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, mrs. dash extra spicy

Brown ground turkey.  In large boiler add all other ingredients.  Add ground turkey and bring to a boil; stirring frequently.   Reduce heat to medium and let simmer until noodles are done.  Stir frequently.  If desired stir in shredded cheese on top.  Serve with parmesan cheese if desired.

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Feb. 27, 2011 at 9:47 AM

 

Carla's Diet Soup
1 can green beans
1 can carrots
1 can mushrooms
1 can zucchini
1 can spinach
1 can seasoned stewed tomatoes
1 pkg. dry Ranch Dressing Mix
Mix all ingredients, including liquid from vegetables. Heat and serve.
Notes: I usually make this with fresh spinach and whatever other fresh vegetables I have on hand. This soup is so easy to throw together. It’s very filling and low calorie, no fat, and my family likes it.

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