It’s cold outside, snow most everywhere, and our nation is in mourning. A good time to be cozy in the house wearing a cuddly sweater, hair tied back, little if any make-up, and a good book.
As food goes, nothing’s more comforting, and can warm you up as well, or as fast as a bowl of Mom’s vegetable soup!
A pound of lean ground sirloin
Stalks of celery
Can of whole tomatoes
2 medium-sized cans of V8 juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Canned or fresh vegetables. This day, I put in green beans and kidney beans. But you, of course, can put in whichever vegetables that you choose and pasta shapes can also be a nice addition.
In a soup pot:
Brown the ground sirloin, chopped onions, and chopped celery…
Add garlic salt, parsley and salt and pepper to taste…
Then add the can of whole tomatoes, pop the tomatoes with a spoon then add the cans of V8 Juice, about a cup of water and more garlic salt and parsley to taste.
Bring to a boil then to simmer. Simmer for at least two hours, or as long as most of the day.. as the aroma fills the house… as you snuggle in and read a good book.
About 45 minutes before time for dinner, chop potatoes and carrots then add them to the soup. Bring the soup back to a boil then back to low heat and simmer until the carrots and potatoes are done…about 20 to 30 minutes. To check it done, I take a carrot out and test it with a fork. Carrots cook slower than potatoes. So, if the carrots are done, the potatoes are also done.
Then add the other vegetables canned or fresh and heat for a few minutes and serve with a salad and crusty, buttered bread.
YUMMY warmth and healthful goodness will fill your body and spirit!
Thank you Mom for your recipe and for the memories of each time this aroma filled our house while I waited in anticipation for dinner time.
Family meals can be a wonderful time for sharing, bonding and love…communication on all levels that will assist in anchoring people to one another for healing, support and comfort.
Have a wonderful, cozy and funfilled weekend…Enjoy!