Soupy Tuesdays

 

 

Lately, Hubby, Roomie and I have been consuming a lot of homemade soup.

I love soup and I love finding new recipes and making up recipes for soup.

I also really enjoy having friends and family over for dinner, or snacks and games.  I love playing hostess.  And lucky for me, my friends and family love eating and playing games and just hanging out!

Since Hubby and I have been a one-income family since moving back from Mexico (well, before that actually) and money’s been tight, we can’t go out to eat very often.  So when friends suggested doing dinner sometime soon, right after we moved back, I suggested making dinner and divying up the side dishes!

Our friends were all for it!  It’s kinda become a weekly event now.  Every Tuesday is Soup night at our house.  Not only do we get to eat good food and spend time with friends, one friend is expanding her vegetable repetoire!! (I’m very proud of her for trying new veggies and incorporating them into her diet!)

 

This past Tuesday, I made Creamy Asparagus soup and even learning to love veggie friend loved it!  This is great for those not so fond of asparagus and those that like it as well!

 

What ya need: (this can easily be modified to feed two people or a crowd; these measurements fed 5 people with lots of leftovers for lunch the next day!)

 

2 Tbsp. butter (or there ’bouts)

3 bunches thin-stemmed asparagus, broken up with woody ends broken off.

2 small, sweet or yellow onions, sliced

2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

8 cups (or about 56 oz) chicken or vegetable stock/broth (I use boullion cubes-8 cubes and 8 cups of water)

1 cup half-n-half, cream or whole milk (depends on how healthy you prefer)

onion powder, garlic powder, season salt (I use Johnny’s), table salt, and pepper. All to taste.

 

 

This is What You Do:

 

1. In large soup pot, or dutch oven, or heavy bottomed pot; toss in butter, onions, carrots, and celery.  Cook until you get brown sticky bits on the bottom of the pan.  Add the asparagus, stir to coat everything.  Let cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Add in all of the broth/bouillion cubes and water/stock.  Cover and bring to a boil.

3. Let simmer until asparagus starts falling apart.

4. Using an immersion blender, blend well.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a food processor or a regular blender, blending the soup in batches until all the soup is blended.

5. Let soup cook down for 10 or so minutes (this step is optional and not completely necessary if you and your brood are starving!)

6. Add in seasonings and stir to mix. Once mixed, add in the half-n-half/cream/whole millk!

 

Serve and enjoy!!!

 

 

I thoroughly enjoy this soup and plan on making it many more times!

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.  If you liked it, didn’t like it.  If you tweaked the recipe, what you left out, or what you added! I’d love you thoughts, opinions and comments!

 

And if you have a soup recipe you love, and would love to share, I’d gladly enjoy trying it out!!!

 

Happy Soupy Tuesdays!!

 

 

 

What’s for Dinner?

Tonight I made Creamy Asparagus soup.  Last night was Broccoli Cheese soup.  I’ve made Crema Conde (a Mexican black bean soup), Butternut Sqash soup, Consume de Pollo Tradicional (a chicken and rice soup), and I’ve got more soup recipes up my sleeves.

Thank goodness Hubby and Roomie don’t seem to mind eating so much soup!

I’ve also attempted baked zucchini chips-which didn’t turn out so well; roasted sliced carrots and potatoes-delicious! and a greek yogurt marinated chicken recipe-amazing! and so easy! (Stay tuned for the recipes-or at least my version of the recipes!)

Some of the recipes I made up in my head, others I’ve found in magazines, cookbooks, and websites.  I get so inspired watching the FoodNetwork, as well.

For those of you not so kitchen-inclined here’s an easy recipe that’s got hidden veggies, is easy and delicious, and can be easily adapted to feed a crowd or just a few. (even my friend who is trying to like veggies, loved it!)

Broccoli Cheese Soup

What Ya Need:

1 pat of butter

2 medium bags frozen broccoli

1/2 medium onion; chopped

1 stalk celery; sliced

3-4 medium carrots; peeled and sliced

28 oz. chicken stock (or vegetable stock if you’re a veggie)

1 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar

1 pint heavy cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Season salt (I use Johnny’s)

What Ya Do:

1.  In a large pot over medium-high heat, add pat o’ butter and all veggies except broccoli.  Let cook up for a few minutes.  Add all the broccoli and stir to coat the broccoli with butter and veggies.

2. Add chicken stock and bring to a steady boil, lower heat to a simmer.  Cook until broccoli starts to fall apart by itself.

3. Using an immersion blender, (if you don’t have one, you can use a blender.  Use caution when transferring hot liquid to blender and back to the pot!!!) blend until smooth.  This can take a while depending on how big or small the veggies are chopped.

4. Add the cream and stir until heated through.  I lower the heat to low (or simmer-my stove says) now so the cream and cheese that I add last don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

5. When heated through, add the cheddar a little at a time, stirring constantly. (if ya don’t stir, expect cheese to stick to the bottom of the pot).

6. Season with regular white salt, black pepper and season salt.

Some people say to season throughout the cooking process, I prefer to add all my ingredients and then season because the cheese and cream change the flavor of the soup.

I hope you enjoy this soup, it’s definitely one of my favorites.  Let me know how yours turned out!

And stay tuned for more of my adventures in the kitchen and more recipes that I made up in my head!!!

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Welcome!

Thanks for joining me on another journey!

This one isn’t a journey to another country, this one is a journey through life.  Taking a look at all the little things that make me happy, bring me joy.

From cooking a delicious meal, to crafting and designing things for my home and life, to enjoying nature and the pets we have, and all the little adventures in between.

I hope from reading these future posts, you, too will see more little joys in your life!