Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tasty Tuesday -Is it SOUP yet?

It always starts with stock... simmering on the stove. Ohh the smell...
And then it becomes this....
Or this.....pardon me, my mouth is leaking....

Did you know I love zucchini? And carrots!

Soooo, is it soup time yet???? I am on KS duty.  I am the Kitchen Supervisor And QC taster.
Waiting patiently for soup time.

Very few things can provide the instantly satiating and comforting feeling that soup can.  It is calorically affordable and it is an instant boost to your immune system specially during cold and flu season. But all that aside, it is DELICIOUS!  So, make some for Tasty Tuesday! Fine, yes, hoomans can eat this. BUT make sure you make enough for the four leggeds! 

Start with your mis en place: 
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced 

4 cups turkey stock- fat free- We cool our stock and simply get rid of the solidified fats.
2 cups vegetable stock
1 carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 stalk celery, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 medium russet potato, scrubbed well and cubed (about 2 cups)
3 cups cubed butternut squash (about 1/2 of a 2.5 lb squash)
3 zucchini, green and or yellow, cubed
1/2 tsp black pepper
salt to taste (try about 1/4 tsp if you need it)

2 tbsp tomato paste or two seeded, peeled and  diced tomatoes
1/2 cup orzo (or another small dry pasta like shells, or tubettini or even fidelios)
1.5 cups cannellini or kidney beans (rinse if using canned)
4 cups kale, stems removed and ripped into smaller pieces 


1.   Heat olive oil over medium low heat, and add garlic and saute for about a minute. Add tomato paste or the seeded peeled chopped tomatoes and brown lightly. Add the kale, sautee`.

2.   Add in the stock, as well as the carrot, celery, potato, and squash. Season with pepper and salt. bring the mixture to a boil, add tomato paste and then turn the heat down to a simmer for 3 minutes.

3.   Stir in the orzo, kidney beans and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. taste to be sure the vegetables are cooked to your liking, and it is ready to serve.

You might add other veggies, like green beans, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, spinach,  just stay away from corn which we cannot digest.

We use turkey stock because both Silvieon4 and JD are chicken intolerant. If your babies can handle chicken, by all means use it.

Sooooo is it soup yet??????



GizmoGeodog said...

Today's a chilly day here and a big bowl of that soup and a chunk of crusty bread would be perfect

silvieon4 said...

Momma is making pumpernickel bread without deadly raisins for us.
Giggle- do you know what pumpernickel means?

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my goodness delicious!
Benny & Lily

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! My mom loves soup. Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar