Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Veggie soup for the soul

When it comes to comfort food, I like the things with the pasta and the cheese and the gooey goodness just like everyone else but to me, true hearty comfort is soup. I associate soup with something lovingly coaxed from a pot on the stove by myself now most Sundays, and by many women in my family in the generations before me. To me, soup is love. 

My soups often contain meat, making them more of a meal in themselves. But there's nothing like a veggie soup that's perfect with a salad or a thick hunk of bread with butter, or as a side to a grilled cheese or simple main course casserole or meat dish. 

2 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped 
1.5 TBS minced garlic
4 carrots, washed and chopped (I leave my peels on) 
3 stalks celery, washed and chopped
4 (14.5 oz) cans vegetable broth or homemade equivalent (chicken or beef broth is fine too)
2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes - do not drain
3 medium red or gold potatoes, scrubbed up well and diced 1/2-inch thick potatoes (again, leave skins on)
1 bay leaf
1/2 TSP dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1.5 cups chopped frozen green beans
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup lima beans
1.5 cups frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute 4 minutes then add garlic and saute for another minute. 

Add broth, tomatoes, potatoes, bay leaf, thyme, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and add green beans and lima beans. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 

Add corn and peas and cook 7 minutes. 

This is good for you.
Veggie soup, it makes you poop...
Not a selling point?

All that being shared, Tuesday can F off. Just because.


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  1. I love how versatile vegetable soup is...good way to use up all the freezer veggies too! And the more bay leaves the better...I always triple what a recipe calls for!

  2. This sounds delicious. I have been on a soup kick lately too. Perfect for this kind of weather. I agree with Tuesdays needing to F off.

  3. Vegetable soup is a winter staple in our house. Any day where you have to do something you don't want to do can eff off. Over it. Good luck with your effin Tuesday.

  4. Yum yum yum... this looks so tasty and warming. I sort of half-assed grocery shopping this week, but I think I could probably still make this with pantry ingredients. Woo hoo!

  5. Oh my goodness this looks so good. And the haiku made me laugh out loud!

  6. I'm the worst with making soups, but this one looks so good!! I like having soup and grilled cheese on the side like you said! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  7. Love the haiku! Great day for soup!
    Love, your Momma

  8. Veggie soup for the soul, indeed!! Sounds delicious!!

  9. My vegetable soup is basically identical to this one except I typically add some Old Bay instead of thyme. I love the extra little kick the soup gets by adding it.

  10. Sounds so delicious! When we were all sick we were making soup like crazy and it was awesome. My dad would just come up with things to put into it and for all of them they worked. We just needed to add a thing or two next time to make it really come together.

  11. This looks awesome! I have gotten off track with the soup making. Need to get back at it because it just feels good in these winter months!

  12. that haiku....it's....awesome! "veggie soup makes you poop" hahahahah! my mom makes a soup very similar to this, it's not one of my favorites but it definitely reminds me of my childhood

  13. Hearty soups are definitely great for the soul and this recipe looks perfect for a cold day at home!

  14. sold. i love soup as well - like you said, soup is love. and nothing is better than veggie soup with allll the crusty bread. lol.
    you know what, the makes you poop is kind of a selling point. lol.

  15. Soup is good for me
    Poop talk always brings me glee
    pooping, not so much.

  16. Yum, this looks amazing!! I love a great hearty soup for a winter's week!

  17. YUM! I always love a good soup, especially during the chilly months.

  18. soup is pretty much all i'm craving right now and this one sounds perfect.

  19. I love veggie soup, especially in this cold weather. It's probably not the best that I eat it with a hunk of bread on the side but it's just so good!

  20. Right there with you- soup soup soup! I could eat it every day I think! I love making it and experimenting with different varieties of them!

  21. I do a veggie soup very similar to this for lunch quite often! I just throw a little of this and a little of that in depending on what I have on hand or if I was actually planning to make it. :) Mmmm soup!

  22. LOL love your ending statement. It's Wednesday now though so hopefully things are better.. My mom is a HUGE soup person and I believe because of her insistence on making it all the time I'm not a big fan of it; esp as meal substitutes. I'll only do it every so often when we're sick or if I'm that lazy. I love potato soups though - make me very happy :) Have a great one Stephanie! -Iva

  23. I love a good soup even in my temperate climate. This looks yummy!

  24. I just may have to get the ingredients for this when we go grocery shopping today... most of it we already have - that's what I love best about it! :)


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