Vegetable Soup.


The good news about this bone-chilling cold is that it is prime soup weather. I happen to adore soups, and well, my mom makes the best soups. However, whenever I ask how she made it, she usually just shrugs and says a little bit of this, a can of this, a pinch of this. In other words, there’s no real recipe.

This drives me nuts.

Yet, it finally served me well.

celery root

Due to an array of vegetables like this celery root  – is that the ugliest thing ever or what?! – that are piled in my produce drawer, I’ve decided to wing it in the kitchen and follow some loose soup-making rules for my mom’s vegetable soup.

Step 1. Sautee your veggies. The one consistent thing mom does when making most soups is start with what she calls her ‘trilogy’: onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in a little olive oil. Once that mixture is softened, add other vegetables. I needed to use up: celery root, squash, zucchini, cabbage, potatoes, etc.


Step 2. Add some liquid. I added a quart of chicken broth and a cup of red wine.


Step 3. Add in the canned goods. Mom adds a can of Rotel tomatoes (for some added kick) and a spoon or two of tomato paste. She also likes to add beans to her soups. I just added a can of black beans and a can of kidney beans because I had them in my cabinet.


Step 4. Add in the spices. I went with some dried parsley, Italian seasonings, crushed red pepper, and a bay leaf.


Step 5. Let simmer. Cook over simmering heat for about 20 minutes, or until veggies are completely softened. I had so many vegetables that I needed to add a little bit of water to my pot of soup.

My soup turned out pretty good. Not as good as mom’s. I liked that the Rotel tomatoes gave it a little kick, that it produced a good amount of leftovers, and used up a lot of goods from my fridge. It also got me to be a little more spontaneous in the kitchen, and that’s never a bad thing. I’m calling my bowl ‘clear-out-your-fridge’ vegetable soup.

soup 2

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2 Responses to Vegetable Soup.

  1. Pingback: IN THE KITCHEN: Pink Peanut Butter Hugs « daily nibbles

  2. Kim says:

    Yes, mom doesn’t really have a recipe, does she?! It turns out different every time. Haha!! :)

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