That’s what I do! I make soup! Little inside family joke there.
I’m no baker by any means. I mean, I can bake cookies, cupcakes, basic desserts… but it’s really not my calling nor do I care do do it! Weird I know. (My poor husband… his mother is a baker supreme!! Sorry honey!) For my own personal health, I’m actually thankful baking is not my forte’. But… I do make a mean soup, so my family says. I can’t recall the exact conversation in our house one day… but my reply was, “I make soup!” My husband and daughter cracked up… and so the phrase stuck.
So many will ask for a recipe, but it’s really hard for me to share because I don’t follow any given recipe. My soups are never the same soup twice! I have a BIG red 12 qt pot… and in my head I know I need about 3 lbs of meat (if I add meat) 2 qts beans, 3-4 qts broth, 4-5 large carrots, 1 large onion, then I just “eyeball” the rest. I just use what I have on hand, or follow a basic base recipe (broth or tomato base) and often throw in leftovers. Add whatever veggies you like! You can’t go wrong. I truly think soup is the perfect meal. For those who think they can’t do this… YES YOU CAN! Soup is so easy, so versatile… you can’t mess it up!
Note: I cook gluten-free for the hubby, but we all follow the diet for the most part. Want to thicken your soup without flour? You can use corn starch (Use organic/non-gmo… it’s available!) You can stir in a can of refried beans if it’s bean based, or use your hand blender and mash it up a bit, especially if it has beans or potatoes in it. This soup I did not thicken, but adding the cheese & half & half did give it the consistency I was going for.
This week’s soup: Turkey & Bean (Gluten free too!)
- 3 lbs local raised ground turkey (Love my farmer’s market!)
- 2 jars Randals mixed beans (These are NON GMO!)
- 3 qts broth (Your own or use organic chicken or veggie broth from store)
- 1 8oz Organic Tomato soup or sauce. (I used what I had on hand.)
- 3-4 cups frozen corn
- 4 large diced carrots
- 1 large onion
- 1 drop Young Living Rosemary or Thyme EO (optional! I ONLY use YLEO’s)
- Season – I use REAL or Himalayan salt, pepper, whatever floats your boat.
- Cheese of your choice
- 1 cup or so of half & half (optional)
Brown turkey with onion & carrots. Drain. Add broth, beans, seasoning. Simmer then grate cheese in. I used smoked cheddar. I added the half & half at the end because I wanted the soup to have some creamy, cheesy goodness. Done! Soup’s on!