I love making homemade soup because it tastes fresh, it isn’t loaded in salt, and it doesn’t have preservatives. Plus it’s pretty easy to make…easier than most people realize! Once I started making homemade soup it was really hard to want to eat the canned stuff anymore. Recently, I’ve started bringing my soups to eat with my lunch everyday and I have to say that I enjoy my lunches much more now and I’m getting in more veggies.
I threw this soup together tonight and I have to say it was so amazing I had to post it. It is pretty simple and has all fresh ingredients. I sometimes use frozen veggies for soup but I much prefer using fresh…you can totally taste the difference. I also think fresh leafy spices are the key if you can get them…they are so much better than dried ones. I almost always have fresh parsley in the fridge (it keeps for a couple weeks) and I have a basil plant growing that I use all the time. Here I used chicken broth as the base but I think it would be good with beef broth too if you are a fan of the beef broth. I was introduced to leeks when I first made Elegant Curried Chicken (don’t let the bad picture fool you…the dish is great!). So this was my second project with leeks and I have to say that I really like them! The leeks give the soup both an onion and garlic flavor. It’s a zesty soup…definitely try it before you add more spices!
Ingredients for Leek Vegetable Soup:
- 16 cups of water made into chicken stock (I use “Better than Bullion”)
- 8oz package of mushrooms sliced
- 1lb whole carrots sliced
- 1 bunch leeks sliced thin
- 1 small cabbage sliced thin
- 1lb fresh green beans
- 2 medium zucchini – cut in half lengthwise then sliced thin
- a small handful or about 1/8 cup fresh parsley minced
- a small handful or about 1/8 cup fresh basil minced
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- sprinkle of salt
Mix all in large pot and cook until carrots and green beans are tender. Enjoy!
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