Friday, March 15, 2013

Soup's On....

Spring made an appearance for a brief 2 days........we relished the warmth and held our faces up to the sun.......and watched the snow melt.  Then Winter burst in once again and we have cold, more snow, and that awful wind that sent the chills down my spine.....what's a gal to do???    Make soup, I say!!!

Out came the soup pot and in went the fixin's..........the house smelled so good and it put moisture back in the air!!!  So dry with the furnace running all the time, I feel like a prune!!!



This is a veggie based soup that I add cooked meat to (cooked bacon, diced ham, chicken or beef) and use bouillon cubes or broth as liquid.  I basically brown all the raw veggies, (carrots, onion,celery, green beans and some frozen corn or peas) in good olive oil.  Then add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of diced canned tomatoes, and the meat.  Add water, usually 4 cups, add cubes ( I use 2 beef or chicken plus 2 vegetable cubes), more if needed, fresh parsley and s&p if desired.  Simmer for awhile..........then add one can of beans rinsed, I like cannelinni, but any other such as chic peas or kidney work just as well. Continue to simmer and add about 1/3 to 1/2 cups of white rice, not instant......I like Basmati rice for this.  All done in about an hour!!!  I had a nice loaf of hearth bread and sprinkle on the grated cheese!!!  Oh, yum!!!


You can even add some spinach or escarole to this, shredded cabbage is good too, and so is diced zuchinni.  Whatever you have on hand........it always changes, never the same!!!

I use a regular small can of diced tomatoes......one can gives me 3 portions for soup, I use one and freeze the other 2 portions in baggies so its ready for another soup day!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and hoping you are safe and warm......


8 comments:

Gina said...

Cleo, that is the perfect meal for this neverending Winter! It looks so delicious and I smiled when I saw the grated cheese...exactly what we put on our soup! Stay warm & let's keep our fingers crossed for Spring.

Kathy Moreland said...

This sounds so good! We love vegetable soup and make it quite often! It's looking like Spring here, and I am so ready! Have a great weekend.

Shelia said...

Hi Cleo! Oh, your soup looks so delicious! I love soup no matter when! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

MMMMMMMM!!! That looks so good. I've come to love different soups I never thought I'd try in my life. It's just so comforting isn't it?

Shirley said...

Hi Cleo, Your soup would really hit the spot as cold as it is tonight. We went from 82 yesterday to 36 this evening. I am catching up with my friends after spending the majority of the day with my hubby at the nursing home. Still has a was to go. I got told I needed to put in a stair lift to get him up and down the steps. I told them you had to be able to pay for it. That is another subject. Happy St. Patrick's from Your Missouri Friend.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh, the perfect antidote to cold weather! nothing better! Hope it warms up again for you soon!

Debbi said...

I am coming over for dinner Cleo! I could eat the whole loaf of bread too:)

DJAjewels said...

Looks delicious ... can't wait to try this!
Irene