This is a repost from September 2015. I’ve been talking a lot about Grandma Emily so I thought this repeat was appropriate and after all, soup season is just about here in North Carolina…not quite but almost!
My Grandma Emily was a soup builder! She could make a big pot of soup with just about anything she could find in the frig and the pantry. I would like to think some of that skill has been transferred via genetics to me! Hubs loves my soup. He says any kind I brew up is good! I stay away from creamy soups for ObviOus reasOns. (Those O’s are my waistline.)
Last week we had a cool, brisk September day and it was a good excuse for our first of many pots of soup during this fall season. It seemed I had everything I needed EXCEPT the celery…to make the Mirepoix.
(photo by My Pantry Shelf)
A mirepoix is a roughly chopped vegetable cut, usually a mixture of onions, carrots, and celery. Mirepoix, raw, roasted or sautéed with butter or olive oil, is the flavor base for a wide variety of dishes, such as stocks, soups, stews and sauces. (Wikipedia)
I began the sauteing anyway. Carrots, onion, garlic in the cast iron soup pot with some olive oil and a little (real) butter. To this I added sliced French green beans from our garden and cubes of beef that I cut off a very meaty soup bone.
To this I added a can of petite chopped tomato, some frozen (organic from the garden) corn niblets.
To this I added 2 cans (I used the tomato can) of water and 4 organic beef bouillon cubes and one-half cup of dry quinoa. Add more liquid if desired or needed.
And then, salt, pepper, and the secret ingredient for any beef-based soup or stew……drum roll please……
At least one teaspoon of dried thyme, more if desired. I also placed a couple sprigs of fresh thyme in the soup, because I had it!
The soup simmered for a bit and when it was just about ready to serve I added some gluten-free cooked elbow macaroni.
La zuppa è eccellente!
Here’s a printable for Soup Building 101!
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John verse 2