When we ate at the Harrah’s buffet, my husband had a bowl of vegetable soup that they had. He said it was really good. He then went to the store and bought a few cans of vegetable soup. He said they were awful. It was just carrots that was mushy and green beans and corn. Yuck.
We looked at the menu on a few restaurants in town and they don’t have much choice for soups. While we were at the grocery store I said I would try to make a soup. A nice hot bowl of home made soup sounded great to me. I bought a big can on cut up tomatoes. I bought a jar of Better than Bouillon vegetable broth flavor. We bought a big yellow squash and a light green one. (I think it is called Mexican squash. It tastes a lot like the yellow squash.) 1 can of white beans.
I watched a Gordon Ramsey video where he made a vegetable soup with some butter beans, but it gave me an ideal of what I wanted to do to my soup.
Cut up an onion, I chopped it into cubes and then my chopper broke. I cut up 3 carrots into little cube shapes. Pour some olive oil in a big pot and then add the onion and carrots. I don’t like celery but Gordon chopped up some for his soup. I added some garlic salt and celery salt. Stir the onions and carrots over the heat until the onions get a little soft. Then put 1 spoon of tomato paste in it. Stir it around and let it cook for a little while to take out the bitter taste. Drain the can of beans and add the beans. (My husband said next time put more beans in so I will buy 2 cans.) I added about half a can of the cooked canned tomatoes with the juice.(The big can.)
I made the broth with 5 cups of water and 5 tsp of the Better than bouillon vegetable broth flavor into hot water. I also put 1 tsp of chicken stock flavor (same brand) into the water. Stir that up until it is all dissolved. Pour that into the pot. Stir it all up. I put a couple of shakes of the complete Badia seasoning into it. I love that stuff. You can order it on Amazon. That is where I got mine. My husband cut up the squash into bite size pieces.
Stir it all up and cook it a little under medium heat for 40 minutes. (Gordon says to take the froth off the top from the beans. The froth make it bitter he says.) I scooped up the froth I saw on the top and threw it away. Just cook it until the carrots are tinder. I added some salt and pepper at the end to taste.
It was so good. Hubby said it tastes better than the soup he ate at Harrah’s. It tastes so good that he told me to double the amount so he can save some to eat later. He spooned the left over soup into about 2 jars for later. I did take a picture of it when it was cooking.
I made a loaf of garlic bread and we had that with the soup. Yummy.