Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Soup's On!

So yesterday on Twitter I mentioned that I had made an awesome pot of soup over the weekend and I got so many requests for the recipe that I thought I would do a post for everyone. Now i like to use the term recipe lightly because well I like to do a "dash of this" and "just throw in a lot of that" so this is a just a general outline of what I did.

The best part of this is the cost factor - I made this huge pot of soup for under $5. Hubby and I had three bowls each. That's about $0.84 per bowl of awesome fresh, homemade goodness. Oh, and it's a hearty soup so it's filling!

Here is the ingredient list for what I used:

1 Large Box of Vegetable Stock
1 Can of Tomato Paste
1 Small Bag of Frozen Soup Mix Veggies (sample photo below - not the same brand I used, but gives you the general idea)
2 Sweet Potatoes (Chopped into small wedges -you can add more of this depending on how many people you are cooking for)
Italian Seasonings (A Mix or use Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary)
Red Pepper Flakes
Minced Garlic

So I started with the Veggie stock in a soup pot, added the can of tomato paste and then the chopped up sweet potatoes and let that boil for about 10 minutes before I added the rest of the ingredients.

Then I added the frozen veggies, all the Italian Seasonings and a VERY generous amount of red pepper flakes and about 2 teaspoons of minced garlic. Now, we like our soup spicy - and this is spicy if you are generous with the red pepper and garlic. If you don't want it that spicy, then only add a small amount or leave out the red pepper flakes.

I lowered the stove to a simmer and let the soup work it's magic for about another 10-15 minutes. TA-DA! That's it. Totally Done.

This is a veggie soup, but you could very easily cook up some cut up chicken pieces, sausage, etc. and throw those in the pot as well.

Next time I'm considering adding in some whole wheat pasta - a cheap way to add even more bulk to this soup! I'm also thinking about some shrimp or edamame to add some protein.

What do you think? Want to try it and let me know how it goes - or share your easy homemade soup recipe with us please! Any great cooking or food related romances you've read lately?

Oh - and to make this blog somewhat romance book related, head over to Author Louisa Edwards website and check out her Recipe For Love series and all the free recipes available on her site!


  1. Oh - I also forgot to mention the really great Julie Hyzy White House Chef mystery as a great foodie read too! I'm reading Buffalo West Wing right now. :)

  2. mmmm, sweet potatoes and tomato, nice combination. Thanks for sharing!




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