September 17, 2008
Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
Alexis and I love soup. In fact I'm thrilled that she loves it as much as she does. Jamison's not a fan (shocker...I know!) so for years I had soup here or there, but for the most part it was something I had when we had guests who could share, but now I have someone who is up for sharing soup whenever I want to make it or whenever she wants it as well! Plus soup is the ultimate freeze for later food too and left overs are better the longer they sit!
If you've been a visitor of Dianne's Dishes for a while, you know that I also LOVE my slow cooker! It's a fabulous cooking tool for basic food year round and it's especially wonderful when it comes to soup! You throw your ingredients in, turn the knob and you've got hearty, healthy soup ready to go just in time for dinner! How great is that?
What You'll Need:
1 onion, chopped
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 quart of broth (Note: You can use chicken, vegetable or beef broth...Whatever you have on hand works!)
1 - 28 ounce can of tomato puree or sauce
1 - 16 ounce package of frozen vegetables (Note: The mix I use has corn, carrots, green beans and peas.)
1/2 of a 1 pound package of lima beans (Note: Alexis adores lima beans and has since she started eating finger foods. In all honesty I'm not a big fan, but I can tolerate them in soup. If you don't like limas then add in some extra peas or even some edamame.)
1 cup of barley
A pinch of sea salt (Note: If your broth is heavily salted then skip this.)
Freshly ground black pepper
Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, give it a stir, and cook for 5-6 hours on low. Or if you want it faster you can cook it on high for 3-4 hours.
How easy is that? Just dump and walk away and when you're ready for dinner you've got a fabulous bowl of soup!
Notes: You can use any vegetables that you like. Leeks would be a good addition, as would mushrooms.
Posted by Dianne at September 17, 2008 12:26 PM
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I'm always looking for a good slow-cooker recipe...this looks great!
Posted by: Karen at September 18, 2008 12:05 AM
Hope you enjoy it! I'm rounding out the week with slow cooker recipes...Tomorrow's recipe will be one too! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at September 18, 2008 12:53 PM
you never cease to amaze me...just stopping in.
Posted by: Kellie at September 24, 2008 10:23 AM
Hey Kel! I was thinking about you the other day. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!
Posted by: Dianne at September 24, 2008 2:25 PM