First of all, I am not a cook. My husband frequently jokes that I think he’s God. When people question him about it he responds with “She feeds me three burnt offerings per day!” Truthfully, he’s not far off the mark, add that to the fact that when church potluck comes around the only thing I’m asked to bring are drinks, packaged rolls and paper goods.
Having said all that, a few weeks ago we were watching Good Morning America and the cooking guest was making Dumpling Veggie Soup. After watching and re-winding a few times, I decided to try it. Now I’ve made homemade vegetable soup many times. It generally tastes like veggies in hot water. I’ve added tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and everything else in my cabinet trying to get some flavor. Still, hot water with spices and veggies. I’ve tried fresh veggies, canned veggies, adding the juice from the veggies. Nothing. All soups generally make one nasty meal and then dog food. I’ve even tried my mom’s method…add all leftovers to big bowl and freeze, keep adding after each meal, 1-2 months later, tasty soup. Yeah, right. I tried that and got hot mushy frost-bitten leftovers heated up in a great big bowl.
Knowing that all my soup efforts have miserably failed, I still decided to try the GMA recipe. There’s a photo of my soup near the bottom of the post. Not only does it look awesome but it tasted wonderful. I’ve made it a few times with some additions and deletions of different veggies we like and it has been good every time.
Tell me they can’t teach an old dog new tricks!
Put soup pot on stove and turn heat on low. When lightly hot add a 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let oil get hot.
Add the following chopped veggies: fresh garlic, onion and (1/2 cup) celery. Cook for 8 mins or so while stirring.
Add 4 cups of Vegetable Broth (wonderful item found in the soup section at Kroger). 4 cups is the entire container.
Take 3 or 4 tablespoons of flour and stir into cold water until smooth. Set aside.
Start adding about 1 cup each of the following veggies:
baby carrots, sliced potatoes (like 4 biggerish ones), corn (the real recipe used green peas) fresh mushrooms (not in original recipe).
Let it come to a slight boil and stir in flour water.
Cook until veggies done.
BTW, I haven’t tried the dumpling part of the recipe. Didn’t want to push my luck!