Why is it when the weather turns colder, my taste buds go right into craving nice hearty meals, the soup recipes come out, like a flood gate just opened.
During the summer I can eat like a rabbit and live off of salads, vegetables, and greens from the garden, I mean really I could sit out in the garden with a knife and fork and be very content.
Now that the garden is shut down, and we are all migrating inside, including the winter march of the spiders! I find myself not only hunting down the little pests , and carefully taking them back outside, so they can freeze to death, I am also bringing out the crock pot, cleaning it up and getting it ready for soup bonanza.
When you hear that a soup is rich in flavor, I’m sure you don’t think about a bean, veggies and tomato soup.https://longearsfarm.org/recipe/bean-and-pasta-soup/
However this soup is rich, rich, rich, has a bit of spice and is so fulfilling!
After making this recipe the other day I gave myself a thumbs up for this fabulous recipe as the weather turned a bit colder and the chill in the air forced all the windows closed, and the furnace turned on a bit higher than usual.
One of my soup secrets, is butter, yup you heard it a good dab of butter ( not margarine) add it in with the chopped celery, carrots, garlic and onion just as they start to soften cook, butter gives a nice richness to the soup.
As soon as the butter has softened down a bit, you want to add the can of rotel.
Stir everything together and add in the vegetable stock , green chilis, tomato sauce ,canned tomatoes, and water.
Add in the cumin, bay leaf, chili powder and garlic powder.
Cover and let this cook on low in the crock pot overnight.
In the morning, you better stand back when you take lid off, the aroma that will fill the kitchen will make you run for a snack! Its such a wonderful smell, that you can hardly wait for dinner to eat this soup!
Now its time to add in the cans of beans, and tomato paste.
Cover and put on low for at least another hour.
10-15 mins prior to eating, add the orzo pasta to the soup.
Once the pasta is soft and tender, you are ready to dig in.
Get a bowl, I like to eat soup out of big bowls, that way I don’t have to get up and get seconds,
I can slowly eat the soup and savor every bite! https://longearsfarm.org/recipe/bean-and-pasta-soup/