5 Winter Soups!
Wonder twin powers, activate! Form of: Sunday soup.
Soup is crucial to my life. I make a pot of Sunday soup every week to take for lunch. I grew up coming home from school to my Mom Mom’s house and she’d have a pot of soup on the stove, just about done. I’d eat saltines with butter and my bowl of soup. To me, soup is Mom Mom. Childhood. Home. Comfort. Love.
I like to try new soups every year, but I have some tried and trues that are always on the menu.
1. Veggie Beef Barley Soup
onion (you can cheat and use frozen chopped onions)
2. Hungarian Mushroom Soup
12 oz mushrooms, sliced (I usually use 8 oz carton of baby bellas and 1/2 carton of white)
2 cups chopped onions
2 TBS butter
3 TBS flour
1 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 tsp dill weed
1 TBS paprika
1 TBS soy sauce
2 C stock (beef, veggie, or chicken)
2 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
Saute onions in 2 TBS of stock for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, 1 tsp dill, 1/2 cup stock, soy sauce and paprika. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
Melt butter in large saucepan. Whisk in flour and cook, constantly whisking, for about 2 minutes. Add milk and cook, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes over low heat. It should be thick.
Stir in mushroom mix and remaining stock. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, sour cream, stir well to combine.
I often double this recipe so we have enough for the week. I only add one additional cup of onions though, not two.
1 lb ground turkey
1.5 cups chopped pepper (I like to use two different ones. Green and red or orange or yellow)
1 cup onion, diced fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups broth (I’ve used chicken, veggie, beef – all good)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
3 cups cooked rice (use brown – it’s healthy and you really can’t tell in this soup)
Brown meat and drain, reduce heat. Add peppers, onions, and garlic. Cook for about five minutes on low.
Add tomatoes, sauce, broth, marjoram and S&P. Cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Add rice.
Sometimes I double this and freeze half of it so I’ll have it on a weekend I’m too busy to make soup.
4. Creamy Cauliflower Cheddar Soup from Annie’s Eats. Click the link and follow her directions – the only thing I do differently is sometimes I use onion for the shallots, and I don’t do the croutons.
5. Potato soup
10 medium potatoes, scrubbed well and cut into cubes (I use red or gold and I do not peel them – peel if it’s your preference)
3 TBS flour
6 slices bacon, chopped and cooked (optional)
2 TBS bouillon/base (I normally use chicken but have also used veggie)
1 TBS ranch dressing mix
Dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, ground black pepper to taste
3 Cups of water
1 Cup half & half or milk (I’ve used half & half and 2% milk, both were fine)
shredded cheddar and green onion for topping (optional)
Put the potatoes in the bottom of the crock, top with flour and toss to coat. Throw bacon bits, bouillon and all spices over. Add water.
Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3-4. Pour half and half in, cook another 15 minutes. Dunzo.
Sometimes I put my immersion blender in and make it a little smoother.
You can also do this on the stove top, just bring to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender, add in the half and half and cook for another 10 minutes.
Soup’s up! Make some this weekend. It’s winter after all.