Hearty Vegetable Soup Recipe
One of my all time favorite things to make during the winter is vegetable soup. Perfect on a cold snowy day. Helps warm up the belly. This soup is filled with tons of veggies and has tons of vitamins and minerals for the kiddos. The best part is the leftovers freeze beautifully. Just place in a zip top bag and then when you’re ready to eat, thaw and reheat. It does have a little bit of a kick to it, so feel free to adjust the spices for you and/or the youngsters.
One-pot Hearty Vegetable Soup. Easy to make, healthy and completely delicious!
yield: 6-8 SERVINGS
total time: 45-60 MINUTES
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 30-45 MINUTES
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 to 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 small potatoes or sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (can also substitute with cauliflower)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 (14.5 ounce) can rotel (or diced tomatoes and green chiles)
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 – 2 teaspoons chili powder, more or less to taste
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tomatoes, diced (or substitute with 1-14 ounce can)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Next stir in the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain any remaining fat.
Stir in potatoes, celery and carrots, rotel, tomato sauce and water. Bring to a light simmer and then stir in the balsamic vinegar, chili powder, salt, pepper and tomatoes.
Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 30-45 minutes (or until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender), stirring occasionally. Top with fresh basil and sliced avocado if desired.
-Feel free to add in a mix of different vegetables or omit the meat and add an extra cup of vegetables. You can also add vegetable broth to make the soup go further.
-This soup freezes great! Let cool and then place in a zip top bag.
Enjoy! And, stay warm out there :)