Is there really anything better on a cold, gray, winter day than soup? I don’t think so. To be fair, we get more than our share of sunshine in the Valley of the Sun, but this time of year, the clouds sometimes roll in and the sky is blanketed in gray. Despite warm(ish) temps, I am drawn to the couch, huddled under a blanket (even though I don’t need it) and sipping cocoa or spiced cider.
It’s days like this when I crave soup.
I discovered the secret to crazy-easy homemade soup about a year ago and I’ve become a soup-making fiend. Load those veggies that fall into the need-to-be-eaten-now category into a slow cooker. Toss in a sprig or two of herbs. Fill the pot with water and turn it on low.
Presto! Effortless veggie soup in 6-8 hours – just in time for dinner.
Throw in a couple of beef bones, a chicken carcass or even a couple of boullioun cubes and you deepen the flavor. Add noodles and you’ve got some stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness.
I always make WAY too much when I make a whole pot, so I pour the extra into containers and freeze ‘em for easy, quick lunches and last-minute dinner additions.
I cut up leftover meat, throw it into the soup while I’m reheating it for some protein. A couple of small potatoes and a little flour roux and you have a hearty stew. The options abound! I am grateful for soup and the utter joy of savoring a steaming bowl on a chilly day.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. You’ll have a lot more fun when you’re well-fed.
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