Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homemade Vegetable Soup

Winter. Cold. Rain. Wind. Sniffles. Warm fire place. Hot soups and breads. This is what I think about when the weather starts getting cold.
In my part of the woods, our weather has ranged from 20 degrees at night to almost 80 degrees during the day. Pneumonia and flu weather. Several of our dear friends and many of my residents at the nursing home have suffered from the flu and pneumonia this season.Nothing is better, when you are sick, than getting a bowl of homemade soup.  In honor of these wonderful friends, I dedicate this soup to you.

Homemade Vegetable Soup

1 stalk of celery, diced
1/2 cup of diced onions
1 medium potato, diced**
2 cups of cabbage
1 bag of mixed vegetables
1 thick sliced cut of bacon, diced *
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp of Italian seasoning
4 cups of vegetable broth

-->On medium heat in a large sauce pan, render fat from bacon.

-->Add celery, onions, potato and cabbage with salt and pepper: saute for 5 minutes. If the vegetables start to stick to the bottom of the pan, slowly add 1-2 Tbsp of broth.

-->Add mixed vegetables, Italian seasoning and 1/4 cup of broth. Let the vegetables get to know each other for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

-->Once the vegetables have gotten to know each other, slowly add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.

-->Serve with your favorite bread to your favorite sick person. Enjoy!!

*For you vegetarians, you can leave the bacon out.
**For you Low Carbers, the potatoes can be left out or replaced with sweet potatoes.