Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Soup of the evening, beautiful soup

Let's face it - I like soup. In fact, I would say that there are not many soups I don't like. Soup is easy, soup is comforting, soup reheats well . . . I could go on and on. We eat a lot of soup in the fall and winter, but I like it year round.

When I was expecting my DS, I craved cream of tomato soup. Weird, becuase I never liked it before then and I don't exceptionally care for it now.

French onion - who can live without French onion soup? Bean soup. Mulligatawny soup. Chicken noodle soup. Minestrone. Clam chowder. and on and on and on!

One of the greatest reasons I like soup is that it is versatile. If you don't have something, use something else. Or you can throw other things in, if you have them, sort of a bonus!

This soup I am giving you the recipe for is very versatile.

Smokey Veggie Soup

1 pound smoked sausage, sliced in rounds (I used the lower fat turkey)
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables
1 carton (32 oz) beef broth
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cups frozen O'Brien potatoes (I subbed 2 medium-large potatoes, diced and some onion and green pepper)
Pepper for seasoning

Put all above ingredients in slow cooker, season with pepper and cook for about 5-6 hours on low. Or, cook on top of stove. I added in some fresh zucchini for about the last 1/2 hour of cooking. I also added in 4 nice, fat cloves of garlic, minced up fine. This recipe is easily halved or doubled, depending on your needs. It smells wonderful in the house on a cold, rainy day. Serve with hot, crusty bread for sopping up the juices. Cold milk or iced tea - or hot cider! Very versatile, you can use fresh veggies if you have them, or canned even. Just be sure to get a good mix - corn, carrots, green beans, peas.

Also, as promised . . . a picture


Linda said...

Congrats on the pretty ring!! I am with you - I love soup too and we eat it a lot in the cooler months. I make mine from scracth all the time and even make my own broths.

Cheryl said...

Yum that soup looks delish! Congratulations on the ring, whoo hooo!

Anonymous said...

Your ring is lovely, Raquel! What an exciting time! I'm so happy for you :)

Jan said...

Your soup looks very hearty and warming, and there has to be lots of bread for dunking.

Nice picture of the rock, Raquel, I wish you every happiness. Love J.

Marie said...

Sounds and looks delish Raquel! Love the ring as well!!! Thanks for sharing! XXOO

Jan said...

Lovely ring Raquel! Congratulations once again!!
Nice soup too. Love Jan x

Angie said...

Lovely ring. What beautiful shaped fingers you have. Mine are all lumpy and horrid. I'll put a pic in my blog sometime soon.

What's O'Brien potates? Is it a variety or a way of preparing? Soup looks gorgeous anyway. I feel warmer already!

love, Angie, xx

Sylvie said...

Great ring, Raquel. Once again, all the best wishes!

MaryBeth said...

I am also a HUGE soup lover, in the cold months i could eat soup everyday...if my husband would let me. Congrats on the lovely ring.