Quick and Simple Vegetable Soup

For those who don’t know me I love to cook. This past Christmas I recently received a Le Creuset Dutch Oven and so now I’m writing and tasting recipes as I make them (I’ll add other recipes that don’t need a dutch oven along the way). I’m not much of a blogger, in fact, I’m new at it, so be sure to like, comment, and share it to others… we need to get the word out, because who doesn’t love a meteorologist who likes to cook? Plus, the perk of this… not every recipe is perfect and so I don’t obey all of the rules. Most recipes don’t have to be followed exactly to get the right concoction and I have made my own soup recipe that is absolutely my favorite. Enjoy…

Yield: About 6-8

Cooking Time: 40 min

  • 2 Yellow Onions, Sliced
  • 5 Large Carrots, Sliced
  • 5 Celery Sticks, Sliced,
  • Quarter Head of Cabbage, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Smashed Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Slicked Leek (Optional)
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Salt (also salt to taste for the finished product)
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Soup Cubes or 2 Tbsp Soup Bouillon
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 10 Cups of Water (2.5 quarts)
  • 1 Cup of Quinoa or 2 Cups of Soup Noodles (Optional)
  • Handful of Spinach
  • Hot Sauce (For Extra Kick)

In a preheated pot add the Onions, Carrots, Celery, Cabbage, Garlic, Leek, Butter, Salt, pepper, butter, and chili powder. Bring to a simmer. Simmer until the vegetables become soft and the onion have a light brown color. It takes about 10 minutes on medium heat. Now, add the Soup Cubes and water to the pot. Allow the soup to come to a slow boil while stirring at times. You may put the lid on. When the soup comes to a boil add in the Quinoa/Noodles. If Quinoa put the lid on for 15 minutes and reduce the heat to low and let cook. For Noodles, do not put the lid back on. Once the Quinoa become soft you may add the Spinach. And stir. Now taste the finished product and add to taste… salt, pepper, or the hot sauce for added kick. And serve.

As you can see this is a fairly simple soup to make, but it has a lot of flavor. Like previously mentioned, there is no real recipe to follow. A soup recipe is very forgiving and can always (or most of the time be changed) depending on how you’d prefer it to taste. For example, you can make this soup with meat. You can take sausage and roll it into tiny meatballs and toss in the soup after the quinoa/noodles have cooked or ground beef.

This personally is one of my favorites in the winter months. It’s quick, simple, and warms you up on a nice chilly day.

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