a.k.a. Veggie Stew
So it’s Test Kitchen Tuesday again! Okay fine it’s Wednesday, but I’m traveling so cut me some slack!!
I’m in London, Ontario visiting my parents and in-laws among many other activities that will keep me SUPER busy for the next two weeks.
But for now, I’m at my mom’s house, and it’s just what I needed. My mom and I are best friends, she is my hero and also she makes me laugh, like, all day.
So here I am, and of course, the woman who taught me everything I know in the kitchen has the same specialties as I do. She is making Kitchen Sink Soup. Which is when you empty out the fridge and make an unbelievably delicious pot of soup.
I get if from my Mama. I love to make soup. And I love to eat soup. And when I don’t know what to eat/cook, I empty my fridge and pantry and make soup.
It is SO comforting to come here. And this is exactly why I call soup “comfort food”. I know comfort food gets a bad rap. Like it’s the pint of ice cream you eat when you get dumped. But I’m talking about the comfort food that reminds you of home. That makes you feel like a kid in mom’s kitchen. That makes you feel like you stayed home from school. I wrote a whole blog about it that you can read here, because I’m genuinely passionate about food and the comfort it can provide.
Before I get too carried away talking about how much I LOOOVE being at my mom’s house, I’ll share this recipe with you. It’s. so. damn. good.
First, she makes the roasted tomatoes. I mean. YUMMM.
I’ve never done this before so I had to ask for the specifics. This is straight from the lady herself.
Garlic & Basil Roasted Tomatoes
- 2-3 lbs roma tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup torn fresh basil
- 1 head of garlic, peel cloves and toss in whole
Put all these things in a large roasting pan.
400F for 1 hour, stir at 30 minutes.
After one hour, take them out and stir, pull off the tomato skins (they will fall off) and then puree. Voila!
This will make enough for 2-3 batches of soup.
And now, the one you’ve been waiting for! We named it Kitchen Sink in honour of my hubby’s favourite pizza and the first thing we get when we come to London(if you haven’t been, check out Joe Kool’s the next time you’re in South Western Ontario). Also, the obvious; this soup has everything but the kitchen sink!
Kitchen Sink Soup
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups roasted tomatoes
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 small or 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- 1 cup green beans, chopped
- 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
- 1 cup corn (we used frozen, fresh would be AWESOME)
- 1 cup zucchini, chopped
- 1/3 cup barley, cooked
- 2 Italian Sausages, cooked and cut into pieces
In a large pot, mix broth and tomato puree and bring to a boil.
Once it boils, add carrots, celery, sweet potatoes and reduce heat to medium.
After about 15 minutes add green beans and cauliflower.
After another 10 minutes add barley, sausage and zucchini.
Let it cook for 5 minutes, add the corn and some fresh ground pepper.
Remove from heat and enjoy IMMEDIATELY! With sourdough for dipping if you have any.
We just finished talking about how we like soup really thick and maybe we should change the recipe, so you guys don’t get freaked out! But I’d rather just give you the warning. It’s thick, it’s like a stew. And every bite is full of flavour.
Best of all, everything in it is good for you! 100% healthy food you can eat any time and feel good about it.
So go on, make it, eat it! You know you wanna!