Sarah’s Kitchen: Warm Comfort

Sarah’s Kitchen: Warm Comfort

On a chilly fall/winter evening, there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of hot, savory soup. This soup is completely vegan and simply delicious.

Soups are relatively easy to make. They are the perfect one-pot meal or the perfect appetizer to wake up the taste buds. make. +

This particular soup is rich, thick and hearty because of the squash base. The ingredients consist of:

  • 3 honey nut squashes (butternut squash is a good substitute . One medium size one would be about three honey nut squashes.)
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 4 small white potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 stalks of celery, peeled and cut into one-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • seasoning mix (I make my own) to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme (or a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme. My favorite is English thyme.)
  • I whole habanero/scotch bonnet pepper, or pepper of choice (Optional)

Begin by filling a medium-sized slow cooker with water a three/fourths (3/4) of the way. Peel and cut the squash into cubes and add the cubes to the water in the slow cooker. Plug into the wall socket, cover, and set on high. Leave to simmer overnight. Next morning, add the rest of the ingredients and more water if needed. Leave to simmer until ready to serve.

There are no hard and fast rules to follow. A crockpot is not needed. This soup will be as good from the stovetop as from the slow cooker. However, I have a habit of getting distracted and burning food. The slow cooker fixes that for me. Substitute broth or stock for plain water if preferred. Use any bouillon or consomme of choice to enhance the flavoring. Because of my husband’s allergies, I usually prepare my seasoning mix and add a few squirts of Liquid Aminos to round out the flavor.

When I am not cooking for my husband who is allergic to corn, I use the Osem Consomme to flavor my soups.

This vegetarian, red, Kidney bean soup with carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, and dumplings was also made in the slow cooker and seasoned with the Osem Consomme.

Most of my soups are vegetarian/vegan; however, I make chicken soup from time to time. I usually use the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken. I have a large crockpot for that purpose.

Soups are fairly easy to make. Go ahead and add your personal signature to any soup recipe and enjoy some warm comfort during these short days and long, cold nights. Beteavon!

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