I bought a cabbage the other day and was thinking I’d make cabbage rolls or some-such thing. But I used half of it up tonight in my vegetable soup. The weather has turned cool and I got the yen for soup. Plus, we were all getting our hair cut tonight. I have found the nicest young woman who comes to our house and cuts our hair! It’s fantastic. She does a super job, the girls love her, and it’s very convenient for me. I cooked up the vegetable soup while she was cutting their hair and baked some bacon for BLTs, then I ate while they were getting their haircuts. The girls ate while she cut mine. Works for me!
I do love this about fall, having the soup pot going. I just keep adding to each night with whatever leftovers we have from something else. Each night we start with a small cup of soup. It’s so chock-full of vegetables, I know the girls are getting a good 2 servings of them and it’s happily eaten. Plus, I always have a good lunch on hand because that and a piece of toast will do me.
I don’t use recipes any more for soup like this, but I remember that when I first started out cooking, I needed recipes everything. Now, I wing it totally. But I named this after our new favorite hair stylist! Here’s about what I did:
Vegetable Soup with V8 Juice
- Tbs oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 green onions, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 cabbage, sliced
- a bit of chard from the garden, sliced
- 1 yellow crookneck squash from the garden, sliced
- 4 tomatoes
- 1 sprig of basil, chopped
- 1 sprig of parsley, chopped
- 6 cups turkey or chicken broth or water
- 1 12 ounce can V8 juice
- 1 envelope onion soup mix
- salt and pepper to taste
- Saute the vegetables in a bit of olive oil first, then add the broth and other liquids, then simmer for 45 minutes or so.
- Taste and seasonings and simmer a few more minutes.
Youngest didn’t want BLTs and I had some leftover meatballs and sauce in the frig so after her first bowl, I added the meatballs and sauce. She liked the meatballs but said the soup tasted better before I added the sauce. Whoops! I still thought it tasted good. I have some leftover spaghetti too so may chop that up a bit and add it tomorrow.
I think that may have been the last of my poultry broth in the freezer. Time to make more! Much as I hate to see the end of my tomatoes and such, I do look forward to cooking again! Seems like my summer meals become salads and barbecued meat.