January 6, 2010

Wednesday's Chow - Marie-Nicole's Vegetable Soup

Yee Haw! Wednesday's Chow is back from it's Holiday Cheer break. The good news is - I only have to come up with a recipe once a week now, not once a day! But I did have fun with Holiday Cheer and I hope ya'll enjoyed all the recipes.

Well, since it appears that 3/4's of the country is in a deep freeze....I mean, even Houston is expected to be BELOW 32 degrees for more than 24 hours....I decided to share Marie-Nicole Ryan's Vegetable Soup recipe posted during my post for appetizers during the September Recipe Extravaganza.

Try and stay warm!

Marie-Nicole's Vegetable Soup

½ pound of lean ground beef (93% fat-free)
½ to 1 onion, chopped
1 Tsp of chopped garlic
Pint of tomato juice
Baby carrots (best to cook them about 20 minutes before adding to soup)
½ green pepper, chopped
3 medium potatoes, chopped
½ cup frozen corn
1 can green beans, drained and rinsed (to get rid of the salt)
Any other vegetables you might want
Beef stock to thin if it’s too thick.

Worchestershire sauce—season to taste—I like a lot
1 tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp dried basil
Sprinkle of ground thyme
2 bay leaves (remove after cooking)

While browning meat, throw in onions, garlic and pepper. Then pour off what little fat there is.
Add the rest of the ingredients. I like to rub the oregano and basil in my palms as I dump it in.
Cook in dutch oven or large soup pan for about an hour. Stir frequently and taste (of course!)
Serve with whole wheat rolls or crusty French bread. Mmmm.

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Anna Kathryn Lanier


Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Hi Anna! Thanks for letting me know. But I think I forgot something in the recipe--isn't that always the way. I always start with about a half quart of tomato juice as a base and then I add the beef stock if it get too thick.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, Marie-Nicole. I added it to the recipe so if someone prints it out, it's there....I said a 'pint of tomato juice', which actually is 2 cups....lol. Anyway, it's there.


Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Great! Thanks so much.

Missy Lyons said...

Oh man! Now I have another soup recipe I need to try out. Thanks for sharing Marie! It looks great and we have so many sick people in our house right now that this owuld be a really good thing.

LuAnn said...

I love soup, especially vegetable! Thanks, this sounds like a great recipe.

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Hope everyone gets to feeling better, Missy.

Hi LuAnn, I love it because it does get thick, more like one of Rachael Ray's "stewps".

Loretta C. Rogers said...

It's very cold here in (not-so) sunny Florida. A great day for a hearty soup! Guess what I'm making for supper tonight?


Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Ah, Loretta, so sorry it's cold in FLORIDA! No, really I am. I guess Anna Kathryn picked a good time to spotlight it.

Virginia said...

This is soup and chili weather for sure. I wish we could see 32 degrees hear. It is staying 20 and below. Going to get snow tonight! I am not looking forward to this. I waht some warmer weather! We have sure had some crazy weather lately!


Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Virginia, I'm ready for the snow, but I don't have to get out in it. I just returned from the grocery store and I'm ready. When I still worked the EDJ, I would be moaning and groaning at the thought of snow. We're supposed to get 2-6 inches. I'm hoping for the lesser amount though.

Emma Lai said...

Love a good vegetable soup!

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Emma Lai, I do too and it's versatile enough that you can use whatever veggies you like. Mine has too many carbs, but I need them. LOL

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

>"My enthusiasm always exceeds my energy, time and organizational skills.">

That so describes me. Three books to finish and a house to declutter, renovate and sell. Moving forty years of stuff (not all of it, of course)to a small one bedroom apartment is a task unto itself.

Goal for today: declutter the master bedroom and write another 1k words on WIP tonight.

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Sorry, Anna, that last comment was supposed to go on the Shades of Suspense blog. I'm such a ditz!

Mary Ricksen said...

Sounds just yummy!

Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Mary, yes, yes, it certainly is.