Blizzard… opening the garage door…
This is going to take a while…. nuff said.
Let’s make some soup, shall we? Let’s call it “Blizzard Soup”.
I can’t think of a better day to stay inside during the Blizzard of 2013 and create some culinary art for a change. I’ve been due to post a recipe and this took me about 20 minutes to make.. no kidding. Plus, feeling a bit under the weather, so soup is perfect.
Now, for those that know me, I do not measure much, especially in cooking… Baking, well, that’s a science and I don’t do much scratch baking. Well, if you consider scratching your…. well, never mind… what? I meant my head.
So, this starts out real simple. I had this in my fridge: winter squash, zucchini, chopped kale, onions, cabbage and celery. In my freezer, I had a 1/2 bag of frozen mixed veggies that included corn, carrots, peas and green beans. Repeat after me… “frozen veggies are my friend”.
In a large pot, put in 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil. Now saute…
1/2 of medium onion, chopped small
1/2 of the winter squash and zucchini, chopped small
2 medium size stalks of celery, chopped small
… for about 10 minutes until onion is transparent.
Defrost your frozen veggies in the microwave, then add them to the pot. Stir.
For spices, I just put in to taste: salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Whatever you want.. it’s your world.
About 1 cup of chopped cabbage
About 2 cups of the fresh chopped kale (I bought mine already chopped and in a bag).
Stir all this together and incorporate; you’ll see the cabbage and kale get soft.
In the meantime, I defrosted the Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage and squeezed the meat out of its casing and cooked that in a frying pan until fully cooked. Put aside.
Once the cabbage and kale are cooked down, (but not too much, you want it to stand up to the broth. This is why kale is a good choice, as it’s stronger than spinach and doesn’t wilt as much)…. I added…
1 – 32 oz carton of Fat Free, Low Sodium Chicken Broth to the pot. Add as much as you like.
Add the sausage (you can keep it all vegetarian if you want by eliminating the sausage and using vegetable broth instead).
Get it nice and hot and …………Badda Bing.. Badda Boom. Done!
Add some grated romano cheese if you want and or serve with a nice piece of crusty bread. Yum!
So, say you didn’t want to get into the sautéing and all that. In a microwave safe bowl, defrost as much frozen veggies as you want and add enough broth to make a soup, heat and ….Bam.. done! Add some leftover pasta or rice to it, maybe… Bam.. done! You get the idea, folks. Easy peasy. It’s your world.. rock it! ENJOY!
If you are in my neck of the woods, I hope you are safe from the storm. We managed to keep our power.. Amazing! Pray that the ones without power will get it back soon.. Especially, the elderly and the ones with little kids. Such as my nephew in Sandwich, MA with two little ones.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and post. I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by.