Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Soup"er Easy Vegetable Soup

We have all been sick.  The entire family.  I am having ankle problems (again!) and am in a walking boot and crutches.  My kids and husband have sinus infections with crazy coughing spells that sound like they're coughing up a lung!  It's like an infirmary in here!  So, needless to say, we have not been grocery shopping lately.  Last night, I had to do a little pantry magic to scrape up something for supper.  I scrounged the freezer, too.  Believe me, there wasn't a lot to work with!  (can't shop when you can't walk!)  But, I managed to find enough to make a pretty good vegetable soup.  It was easy, too.  Here's what I did:


1 can beef stew (Dinty Moore)
1 can mixed vegetables (don't drain)
1 can diced or whole tomatoes (whatever you have)
1 pkg brown gravy mix
2 chicken bullion cubes
1 cup frozen corn
green onions, sliced
onion/garlic powder

In a large pot, add beef stew, mixed vegetables, tomatoes, gravy mix and bullion cubes.  Add a can of water.  Bring to a boil.  Add frozen corn and green onions.  Lower heat to a simmer.  Season to taste with salt/pepper, onion powder, garlic powder (or whatever seasonings you like).  Let simmer for 20 minutes or so.  The longer it simmers the better it tastes.

The point of this soup is to use whatever you have on hand and customize it to your liking.  If you like it thinner, add more water.  If you have frozen peas, use that.  If you have leftover roast or chicken, throw that in, too.  I tell ya, it was a lot better than calling for take-out again!  And when you're sick, a big bowl of soup is just what the doctor ordered!  I hope all of you are feeling good.  If not, try some "soup"er easy vegetable soup.


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