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Soup-er Duper Easy Homemade Soup

There’s something about a piping hot bowl of homemade soup, isn’t there?  Soup is synonymous with comfort and coziness.  It’s nostalgic, the smell of soup simmering on the stove reminds me of coming in from playing in the snow as a kid and soup has the power to warm you up on even the coldest Minnesota day. 

Now, a confession:  I am not the main cook in my house.  I actually enjoy cooking, but because of work and parenting schedules my husband makes most of our meals.  Plus, he’s a fantastic cook so it’s a win-win!  Sometimes, though, I feel like taking the reigns in the kitchen.  For me, it’s all about finding healthy, wholesome meals that taste good but come together quickly.  Enter: veggie soup with frozen vegetables!

Seriously.  It’s SO easy and quick and my family devoured it.  The best part?  It’s completely customizeable to your family’s tastes.  

 

What You Need:

4 Bags of frozen vegetables (Use any kind you like! I did a bag of cut green beans, 1 bag of frozen peppers, 1 bag mixed cauliflower and broccoli and a bag of carrots)

2 Cups of chicken or vegetable stock

1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast (this is totally optional, you can make it a vegetable soup, a vegetable chicken soup or add any other kind of protein you like!)

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of minced garlic

1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

1 bay leaf

Gochujang Korean Chili sauce (for garnishing)

 

What You Do:

  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the frozen veggies and cook five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients cook for 10 minutes covered.
  3. (Optional) Add cubed or shredded cooked chicken or other protein of choice cook another 10 minutes covered.
  4.  Serve and stir in Gochujang Korean Chili sauce (this is also optional, it’s sweeter and less spicy than Sirracha)

This soup is so good and so easy and since you can change up the veggies and protein you use you can make it often and it won’t taste the same every time!  Both my kids and my husband loved it!  It makes great leftovers too!  

What’s your favorite kind of soup?

 

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