Friday, September 16, 2011

Somethin' about Soup

For me there is really something about soups.  They remain one of my favorite foods to prepare and enjoy in every season.  As the chill is in the air again, yesterday seemed the perfect sort of day for a yummy, belly warming soup.
There are lots of reasons to love soup, but here are my top five: 
#1 They are incredibly easy to make.  All it takes is to chop a few things and put them in the pot with stock.  Let that baby bubble for a while as you tend to other tasks and you are done!
#2 Soups are a fabulous way to use up veg that is not yet bad, but not at the peak of freshness either.  Like a limp carrot.  Or portobello caps that are a tad dried out.  And so on. 
#3  They are so versatile.  You can whip one up with whatever you have on hand.  This also helps with #2.
#4 Soup make a mighty frugal meal.  I've never tried to calculate the cost of one of my soups, but I can feel in  my gut that a basic vegetable soup has to be a real bargain.  Especially when the vegetables come from our own little garden.  Of course, you can also make an extravagent soup.  That goes back to #3.
#5 Soup is just downright delicious! 
Last Night's Vegetable Soup
8 cups veg broth
4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 small purple potatoes, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 large russet potato, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons tamari
1 clove garlic, minced
A pinch of dried rosemary
1/4 t black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Cover.  Reduce heat and simmer until the veg are tender, about 30-40 minutes.


And I don't know about you,  but I love a nice hunk of bread to dip in my soup so I made cornbread as well.  You can find that recipe here in on of my earliest posts.  I finally used some of that freshly ground cornmeal that I picked up at the threshing bee.  It was a much coarser meal than the store-bought variety and had, at least in my opinion, a stronger earthy flavor.  It was a quite wonderful accompaniment to the soup none the less. 

3 comments:

  1. Love the look of that cornbread as well as the soup - all sounds so tasty! x

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  2. One of my favorite and simplest meals.

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  3. Hmmm, how did I miss this. Blogger must not have notified me you posted. I am making soup tomorrow. Unfortunately, I grew none of the ingredients. I will put ground chuck in mine.

    Once I ate soup for three months every day at work and on Sunday when I made the new pot of soup. I lost 36 pounds without even trying. Most of the ingredients were carbs, so doctor could not figure out how I lost weight. How? I was so satisfied that little else held appeal for me. I may make cornbread, too, since exbf and hens like it soooo much.

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