Basic Vegetable Soup

basic vegetable soup


No New Year's resolutions for me in 2015. Instead, I want to keep doing things that I enjoy and do them even better. For instance, I like photography. I bought my first Nikon when I was about 20 yrs old. I always liked it as a hobby and never took any classes. Over the years I have taken thousands of pictures and my passion for it has steadily grown. I'm at the point where I want to really work on my photography and take better pictures in 2015. That is my goal and I will be practicing more this year, as well as maybe take a course.

Another goal is to go back to cooking from cookbooks. I remember when I was young I used to spend hours flipping through cookbooks and baking from them. Since the internet came along I've become a bit lazy and instead of opening a cookbook when I want to try a new recipe, I simply search for inspiration on various websites and blogs. I own over 200 cookbooks, some have amazing recipes, I should try to open a different one every week and choose a recipe to make. I will at least continue to read them as novels this year.

My blog started out as a food blog in 2006. It has evolved throughout the years. I might add more travel pictures this year because it's one of my biggest passions. I am always inspired by bloggers that also show us their amazing travels. 

Now I am sharing a Basic Vegetable Soup that I survived on in the past few weeks. I started to be very sick with a bad cold on December 26, to the point that I did not visit my family on New Year's Eve. This is a very basic soup recipe but it's delicious. It's not only good when you are sick but also when it's cold outside like today.


BASIC VEGETABLE SOUP

Ingredients:
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 onion, diced
2-3 celery ribs, diced
2-3 carrots, cut in big chunks
1 cup rutabaga, cut in big chunks
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp butter
1 bay leaf
1 whole clove 

Directions:
1- In a large pot melt the butter with oil.
2- Add the onion, cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, stirring often. Add the celery, carrots, rutabaga and sauté 30 seconds.
3- Add the chicken broth, water, bay leaf, whole clove. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 45 minutes.
4- Remove the big chucks of carrots and rutabaga from the pot. Mash and return in the pot.
5- Cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese on top.


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  1. Perfect for the winter months; simple but a great classic :)

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  2. i could so use a bowl of this on this surprisingly cold texas day:)

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  3. This looks so yummy on this bitter cold day. Pinned so I can make it soon!

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    1. Thanks, we need couple bowls today to stay warm.

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  4. Agreed that this looks perfect. I have a similar recipe but I add some tortellini to it. I guess that changes it some. Also - I've never cooked with rutabega - as is probably visible by my incorrect spelling - rutebega? Rutabaga? Ah! :)

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    1. Great idea to add tortellini, I should try next time. I love rutabaga, I even make a mashed potatoes with rutabaga and carrots. It's delicious!

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  5. it may be basic, but it'd definitely warm you to your bones. tasty and nutritious too!

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  6. Sometimes it's nice to go back to basic in the kitchen!

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  7. Can easily adapt for vegan too! Sometimes basic is the best.

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  8. This looks perfect for the cold snap we are having right now! I'm with you on the cookbooks. While I love reading and searching for recipes online, there is nothing like flipping through a good old cookbook. I like to do it before bed :-).

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  9. Working on photography, that's a good one. Need to do that too! Nothing beats soup when you're sick, right? Hope you're all mended up!

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  10. Your broth came out so clear! Mine always gets a bit cloudy, but I'm not sure why.

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  11. Yum! That's a great photo too!

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  12. I alway enjoy making my own vegetable soups. I've never tried rutabaga before ... is this the hard root vegetable that is hard to cut?

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  13. I love this soup - I never tried rutabaga in soup before, cool! Also a little bit of clove very intriguing!!! A must do!

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  14. I often make vegetable soup, but I haven't tried using rutabaga. Thanks for the recipe - soup is such a great winter food.

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  15. This sounds quite hearty even though it is vegetable-based. My little guys would love it.

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