Saturday, January 24, 2009

Saturday Soups -- # 9 Winter, 2008/9

Soups have been on vacation! And now, soup recipes are B-A-C-K. So, for the next 4 Saturdays, I will post Saturday Soups. By the time March comes around, we will all be thinking of spring, so I will stop then, for the soup season.

This soup gives you lots of options: with meat, without meat; and the base ingredients are a dried mixture you make yourself. It could even be fun for children to help with putting the dried ingredients together.

Makes 12 servings

This soup calls for a dried mixture—you can mix your own to your liking. Use a combination of barley, brown rice, dried minced onions, green split peas, lentils and a pasta such as alphabet macaroni. If you mix together more than the 2 cups called for in the soup, you can save that in an airtight container for future soups.


Soup meat (optional)--either beef or chicken, already cooked
2 cups dried mixture (See note above)
10 cups beef broth
28 oz. canned chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
dash of pepper
2 medium carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
Cabbage chopped or other leafy vegetable such as kale

1) Cook dried mixture, beef broth, tomatoes slowly in a pot for about 1-1/2 hours.

2) Add parsley, bay leaves and pepper. Cook another 1 hour.

3) Add all vegetables and cook 15 to 30 additional minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

4) If you wish, add cooked poultry or beef toward the end of the cooking time.
Serve with a hearty bread, and you have a complete meal.


Lynne said...

Guess what we're going to have for supper tonight? This sounds delish!

NCmountainwoman said...

Sounds great. I'll give it a try.

Mary said...

I saw a photo of this soup on Beth's blog. It looks delicious!!!!

Ruth said...

I make this soup often. I went to the bulk store and bought several varieties of small grains and beans and put them in a large container. This works well in my crock pot on a work day.

mon@rch said...

now that sounds good! Hmm

Katie said...

I saw this on Beth's blog and made it for my colleagues at school. They loved it! Thanks for the idea! It was a hit.