It's Soup Season!
Where I live, cooler weather is blowing in. We haven't had snow here in Ohio (yet!) but we have had a few chilly frosts. I affectionately call this "soup season" and lemme tell you after months f "salad season," nothing is more welcome than a pot filled to the brim with something warm to sip on! The other day I whipped up the fastest chili EVER to eat poured over baked fries. YOU GUYS. It was KILLER!
Whether you're cooking on a stovetop, in a crockpot, or making spicy chili, mild veggie, or "clean out the fridge" soup, you really can't go wrong. Here's what I love about soups and stews:
- Soup is BEAUTIFULLY forgiving. If it's too watery, you can thicken it with corn starch, potatoes, or a can of beans. If it's too thick, add in more broth and seasoning.
- Soup freezes well.
- TIP: Wait until it cools and fill a plastic freezer bag. Lay the bag flat on a cookie sheet until it's frozen solid, then toss it into your fridge. These "flat packs" thaw faster, take up less room, AND don't use all your cherished containers.
- Soup pairs with... well, everything. Salad? Sandwich? Salad and sandwich? Serve it as an appetizer in smaller portions. Fill a coffee mug full for a mid-day snack.
Easy Peasy Broccoli Soup
Short on time? Here's a super simple crockpot recipe the won't let you down.
- 1/2 Large sweet onion (diced)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli cuts
- 1 can of white beans (Great Northern or Cannelini - drained and rinsed)
- 1 potato (peeled and diced)
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried basil (or Italian seasoning)
- 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (can be found in the spice aisle of most stores)
- Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Load all ingredients into a crockpot and set on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.
- Using an immersion blender (or a stand blender--work in batches and never fill higher than 60% or else you'll have a soup explosion!), blend soup until smooth and creamy. If the soup is too thick, add more broth. If the soup is too thin, add a slurry of cornstarch and water.
- Season to taste one final time.