Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Quick Meals for Working Moms - Thrown Together Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup with homemade Cornbread

This dish was literally thrown together at the last minute.  But it turned out to be hit with the family!  I was planning on making a potato and vegetable chowder with a milk and chicken broth base.  But as I opened the refrigerator, I discovered I was out of chicken broth - oops!  I could have used water to replace the broth, but the flavor would have been lacking.  I did have a bottle of vegetable juice (love, love Trader Joe's Garden Patch vegetable juice) hanging out in the back of the fridge.  From there, it was just a matter of throwing in some odds and ends and hoping for the best.

I sauted diced onions in olive oil, then added some peeled and diced potatoes and sliced carrots.  Looking in the freezer, I found some partially used bags of frozen organic sweet peas and organic sweet corn - threw those in.  Then I added the vegetable juice and tossed in some ditalini pasta from the pantry.  I seasoned the soup with basil, oregano, bay leaves and black pepper.  Then I let it simmer on the stove until the carrots and potatoes were done. 

Dave, the kids and my Momma loved it!  And I found it to be a great way to use up those partial bags of frozen vegetables and pasta.

Mary Ellen


  1. Habhazardly put together meals often are the best. It draws on your imagination and cookery skills. That soup looks delishes!

  2. This sounds like something I would do in a heart beat!