This is the fastest vegetable soup recipe, that has no recipe, you will ever make! I promise, this takes 20 minutes, and uses anything you have in your freezer, fridge, or pantry!
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I am obsessed with vegetable soup (I also suppose you can call this minestrone soup) for 2 reasons: 1) the kind I tend to make takes 20 minutes, and 2) my kids would say it is one of their favorite things I make. Which I guess if you really think about it, my culinary repertoire has literally 5 dishes in it, one being a literally mind blowing meatloaf the kids beg for. What, you didn’t know people still made – and loved – meatloaf?! Since this is a far cry from a food blog, I don’t post many recipes. Just the ones I really, really, really love, that make me rule this home cooking situation and make my life significantly easier.
With this vegetable soup, and most things in my life, I don’t measure. I always just use whatever is in the freezer, fridge, or pantry. It’s almost never the same twice. My meatloaf is never the same twice, either. No one in my family makes things the same, so clearly we all have a measuring-with-our-palm issue.
I typically begin by browning onions in a soup pot (I use a stockpot similar to this for huge batches, or this enameled cast iron dutch oven for smaller ones) in some EVOO, and add in some garlic, red or yellow peppers, and ground turkey (or ground chicken, shredded chicken, shredded turkey breast, whatever you’ve got). The base is always the same… it’s what happens after, that goes rogue sometimes.
In no particular order, you’ll start dumping in your ingredients: whatever vegetables you want.
Literally. If you want kale and okra and turnips – go, girl. If you want tomatoes and carrots and mushrooms – do you. My typical vegetable soup will include things from this list, if I have them in my pantry. None, some, most, all. Frozen or fresh, we don’t care. Whatever you do, DO NOT OVERCOMPLICATE!
- green beans
- peppers (green, red, yellow, orange, anything)
- diced tomatoes (canned)
- chick peas
- sugar snap peas
- beans (black, kidney, lima, black eyed, whatever)
Additions that I am certain would be delicious are mushrooms, sprouts, shoots, and all sorts of turnip-type veggies. I personally can’t get down with mushrooms, but if you love them, dump ’em in too! Sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, noodles, zoodles. Go team. Anything goes.
After you’ve added all the veggies, add your salt, pepper, and herbs. If you like it spicy, spice it up. If you want heat, be my guest. If you’re like me, and you just grab the stand-by herbs from the pantry:
- bay leaves
- salt & pepper
Add whatever herbs are your favorite, then cover it up with some broth. When I make a huge batch, I do a mix of bone broth, chicken stock, and vegetable stock. If you want to bone broth it up, do it. If you want only vegetable broth, go forth. Sometimes I only have chicken, or veggie, or even just beef – and that’s what goes in.
After this has simmered for a bit (about 10 min), taste it. Here’s where I turn to Andrew and ask him what it needs more of. My palate is so sophisticated– just kidding, I always use him because he is usually hovering, and I can’t ever tell.
Once you’ve adjusted your seasonings, it’s ready. Pop it in a bowl, top with some parsley, green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese, crutons, crackers, an egg, or – if you’re like my children – an ice cube. This also pairs well with some crusty bread with butter or a grilled cheese.
Here’s a tip, if you want noodles in this, cook those separately. If you toss them in to cook with the soup, all your broth will be gone, and you’ll end up with more of a stew-situation. Which, is fine and still delicious, unless you wanted vegetable soup.
Go forth, and don’t measure, dump it all in, and enjoy company with your family at the table!
And make sure the bread is extra crusty.
Fast Fix Friday
I had to share my non-recipe-recipe, because it’s such a fast fix. It absolutely is better than grabbing fast food at the drive through, and will fill you up perfectly with all sorts of goodness and vitamins and joy!
This week in the Fast Fix Friday series (which I skipped last week because we were camping and trick-or-treating and smore’s eating) you must pop over to grab amazing ideas from The Purple Hydrangea (she did an AMAZING transformation on a lamp) and 1915 House (she made a wall hanging in 5 minutes!)