The cold and windy weather we’ve had recently made me crave the warmth of some comfort food. I was down to my last container of homemade vegetable soup that I had frozen a few months ago. I also needed to clean out the vegetables in my refrigerator before they went bad. So, all this meant it was time to make some more soup.
One of the things I really like about this soup is that it’s hard to mess it up. I start with some basic ingredients and go from there. This time, in addition to the basic ingredients, I added some special ingredients from my canning adventures. I had a little bit of Roasted Red Pepper Spread and Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce sitting in my refrigerator that I didn’t want to go bad so I added them to the soup for an extra kick. I must say this is some of the best soup I’ve ever made. I served it with my favorite yeast rolls.
Homemade Vegetable Soup
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups chopped onions
1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
1-1/2 cups chopped celery
2-3 cups cubed unpeeled potatoes
5-6 cans (14-1/2 oz each) low sodium beef broth (or more as desired)
1 package (15 oz) marinara sauce (or more if desired) I use homemade marinara
Dash of dried thyme leaves
Dash each of salt and ground black pepper
10 oz bag of frozen corn
8 oz bag of frozen green beans
2 or 3 cans of kidney beans and/or great northern beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
Dash of dried Italian seasoning
Dash of dried Basil leaves
My secret ingredients:
Chili powder to taste
Crushed red pepper flakes
Heat oil in large stock pot. Add onions, carrots and celery; cook 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients; stir. Simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
Enjoy! The basic recipe makes about 12 servings; 1 cup each.
My version makes a lot more than 12 servings. This is what I froze to enjoy during the winter.
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