Soup it Up!

soup has always been a favorite of mine - i like all types, but i have developed a few favorite recipes. my favorites tend to be quick, easy, and hearty. i like ones that i can grab a slice of bread with and be full when i finish the bowl. i love being able to make a pot of it and have it around on a whim as i need a quick meal throughout the week. today i will share with you the soup i made this week... it's a veggie with some chicken added along per my husband's request... because we must follow the rules.

the rules?

oh yeah! THE rules.  my husband has a couple rules for when i make meals. this may sound horribly overbearing, but i will be the first to tell you - it is really for the good of everyone. and there aren't many meal rules.. there are three:

  1.  don't try to make pizza.
  2.  meat must be involved in every other dinner made.
  3.  sriracha stays on your own plate, and not in the pot.

 see... if we don't follow the rules, well intentioned, yet horribly inedible pizzas get made, meat isn't consumed for weeks, and there is a good chance that sriracha will find it's way into things (or people) that it has no business being involved in. nothing against homemade pizza, nothing against vegetarians, nothing against sriracha - they are all great things, but we have found these rules ensure peace at the dinner table.

so, we didn't eat meat the day before, I had some chicken in the fridge, and it made it's way into this soup. you can surely make this soup without the chicken, and i think it would be just fine. you could add white beans or garbanzo beans instead if you want.

so, here is my soup recipe:

  • 2 leeks chopped up, and rinsed in a bowl to make sure any dirt is removed - use only the white and tender green parts.
  • 1 onion chopped - i like sweet ones, red ones are fine, and white ones are alright too.
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced- or less, but i like a lot.
  • 5 carrots chopped - trader joes has these awesome frozen yellow and orange carrot cuts that I threw in. yellow carrots - i know!
  • 1 large zucchini chopped

throw this all into a pot with a couple table spoons of olive oil:

while all that is getting nice and brown and soft you chop up:

  • 4 small red potatoes - no need to peel these babies, just wash then cut 'em up.

when all the veggies are starting to get soft, add your potatoes, a can of whole tomatoes with the juices, and some spices.

i like to add salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, parsley, basil. dried is good, but fresh is better. I used dried this week.... let it all simmer together:

it starts to look like this...
  • add your chicken cubed up. 
  •  i like to sprinkle a little flour into the mixture to thicken it up and give it a nice base...
  • then add 4 or 5 cups of chicken broth, slowly, one cup at a time. you can use vegetable broth in its place if that's your thing.
  • i add tomato paste - 1 can works just fine. 

i let this all simmer, i want the potatoes soft, and the chicken cooked through. after you feel the chicken is cooked you can taste it to make sure it is seasoned well, and adjust it as your like.

last year i bought myself an immersion blender. it cost me about twenty bucks and i have used it to make food; pancakes, baby food, smoothies, milkshakes - all kinds of goodies. i don't have the real estate on my counter-top or cupboards for a full size blender, so this works great for me. i like to blend up a couple cups of the soup with it and then return it to the pot to add some thickness to the broth.

i have blended up soups for chloe with the immersion blender and she has loved it... i try to go light on the salt when i am making the soup and add more into my bowl if needed.

i have also made dumplings/biscuits and dropped them into soups like this that have a bit of thickness to them. i don't have a real recipe for dumplings that i love. i have used a couple off the internet and still haven't found one i am wild about. if you have one you love and want to pass it along - please do! i would love to try it out.

so i guess now you eat your soup?

or play with your blue eyed love weasel while it cools down???

part of the reason i started blogging was because of other bloggers who i enjoyed reading, this post has been partially inspired by others who make soup and have generously posted their recipes.. here are a few of my favorites:

do you love soup? do you have a favorite soup recipe? have a good recipe for dumplings?


  1. Can I just tell you that I had THE BEST soup I think I've ever had the other day. From Anne's, of course. It was an Spicy Asian soup with friend tofu and it was so divine I took one to go for dinner...

    1. it does not surprise me one bit that anne's serves awesome soup. i loved her curried squash soup.

      anyone who hasn't been to anne's - you must try it out:


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