Would you like me to make you some soup?
When I was a young girl and I was sick, my mother would ask me that question. I would immediately perk up and say, “Yes, tomato soup with the little macaroni’s in it.”
This soup is my most favorite in the world. I eat this meal often, along with a peanut butter sandwich with the bread toasted. As simple as this soup is, (a can of Campbell’s Tomato soup w/ water added and some macaroni noodles) to me it tastes like heaven. It is also the soup that I made for my children when they were sick.
It just wouldn’t have been a “Soup” blog post without including it.
Soup doesn’t have to be fancy and elaborate, it just needs to taste good to YOU.
Campbell’s Tomato Soup w/ some Macaroni
and a Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich
Dedicating this blog post to my childhood self.
The little girl that would perk up at just hearing,
“Would you like me to make you some soup?”
Italian Wedding Soup
I, Julie, have no recipe for this soup. I bought a ready made kit that only required that you add some water, and sausage meatballs to the soup once it was done. There is nothing wrong with cutting corners. Not everything has to be made from scratch.
Besides, this soup was delicious!!
(Vegetable soup to me, Julie, is a very delicious, comforting, and low calorie meal that I feel like I can eat as much as I want and I don’t have to worry about my waistline. I can have second’s if I like. This soup also reminds me of my grandmother as she was always making that Weight Watchers soup and then eating the entire pot throughout the day. Also, am I the only person in the world that cannot eat soup without some Saltine crackers with it?)
A great way to use your favorite vegetables to make a low calorie meal!
2 Quarts Chicken Stock
3 Cans Petite Cut Canned Tomatoes
1 Yellow Onion chopped
4 Garlic Cloves minced
8 Button Mushrooms chopped
~1/2 Cup Chianti Italian Wine
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Bell Peppers – we used Yellow and Orange diced
6 Okra sliced
2 Each Summer and Zucchini Squash diced
2 Turnips diced
6 Tbsp Butter
1/2 Cabbage sliced and chopped
2 Corn Cobs – corn sliced off
8 Red Potatoes diced
1 Pinch Saffron
3 Green Onions
Salt and Pepper to taste
Use a large pot and begin to heat the Chicken Stock
Chop your vegetables … I started with the Turnips…
Pour your cans of tomatoes in the pot
I placed half of the chopped onion in with the Tomatoes and Chicken Stock which will give it a different flavor and texture.
I also sauteed the Button Mushrooms and the other half of the Onion in butter over medium heat.
Part way through, I added the Chianti… this will enrich the soup giving it some great depth of flavor.
Then when mostly cooked, I placed in the Minced Garlic and cooked for another 3 min.
Slice your Bell Peppers to a nice chunk size.
In a pan heated with your Olive Oil, place your sliced Bell Peppers and Okra
Saute your vegetables a little then…
Add your Summer and Zucchini squash.
Flip /Saute your vegetables until tender, adding a touch of salt and pepper to taste.
When done, simply pour them into the soup pot.
Here, I diced the Turnips…
Then placed them in a microwaveable pot and lid with a few pads of butter and a little water.
Microwave the Turnips for about 10 min. or until tender.
Once cooked, add to your soup pot.
Slice then chop your Cabbage and add to your soup.
Stir your soup to ensure no vegetables are sticking to the bottom of your pot.
Stir, stir, stir…
Add more stock or water as needed.
Slice off the corn from your cob and add to your soup.
Here, I am adding some Saffron… this will give your soup a unique flavor and brighten its color.
Note: If you wanted, you could have simply just chopped all your vegetables and added them all at once to your pot and cooked them.
I like to cook the vegetables in multiple ways which will give the soup a more unique flavor.
Another way to cook your vegetables would have been to grill them. This will add some great smokey char tastes, adding to the depth of flavor and complexity of your soup. The vegetables best for this application would be the Onions, Squash, Bell Peppers, and Corn.
You could even grill slices of your Cabbage if you like, restaurants sometimes grill Romain Lettuce as a twist on a salad.
Be creative with your soup… it will taste better in the end!