Because really, does anyone have an actual “recipe” for soup? I mean, I might have some guidelines for soup, depending on the soup…if it’s Asian soup or a tortilla soup, etc. But normally? There’s no recipe. Take tonight’s soup, for instance.
I’m the first to admit that’s not a great picture…but the soup? Holy moly. One of my best batches of “vegetable” soup. Here’s what happened: I said today at lunch, to my friend Richie, “I think I’ll make a chicken vegetable soup tonight.” I was thinking of it because I had half a can of crushed tomatoes in the fridge and soup is a good thing to do with those.
So I came home and I chopped onion and garlic and started sauteing that. I peeled and chopped 1 russet potato, 1 sweet potato and 2 carrots. I added all that and a bay leaf to the pot with the crushed tomatoes, about 1 cup water, and 2 cups chicken broth. I also added about a teaspoon of salt and pepper.
While this simmered away, I chopped and cooked a large chicken breast in some olive oil and rotisserie chicken seasoning. I chopped some smoked turkey sausage and some cabbage and threw those right in the pot. Taste. Season. Simmer. Then, when the chicken was done I added it to the pot. Taste. Season. Simmer. Oh, about this time I also added a bit of parmesan rind. It melted away 🙂
Finally I added about 1/2 cup frozen green peas and 1/4 cup frozen corn. I brought the soup back to bubbling, let it all cook together a few more minutes and then served myself a giant bowlful. WOW. What flavor!
Go make some soup!