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Loaded Tomato soup with Meatballs

Because I just canned a large batch of my Italian soup base base from the bushels of tomatoes and onions I was blessed with this year out of the garden, I immediately start to crave Loaded Tomato soup with Meatballs

Talk about hearty! this soup has it all.

The Italian soup base  comes with all the ingredients you need to start this soup off on the right foot.  Which is basically tomatoes pureed (crushed), roasted tomatoes, and green peppers, cooked along with sliced onions, garlic, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and a bay leaf. I also add in 1 cans of tomato sauce, 1 can of tomato soup and tomato paste, water bath can at least 6 quarts jars, and you will have an ample supply to get you thru the winter months.

If you do not have the Italian soup base already canned, the slow cook process starts with the onions, garlic ,and green peppers all lightly sautéed in a fry pan on the stove, add this mixture to the crock pot to start.

I add add skinned roasted tomatoes, this really kicks up the flavor and I top it all off with Italian herb blend of oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, garlic powder and onion powder.

After this has simmered for 2 hrs in the crock pot,  I add 2 cans of Italian tomato paste to add a final punch of depth and flavor.

I like to make my mini Chicken Rosemary and Garlic Meatballs, cooking them on each side, add them and a can of light red kidney beans, fresh chopped kale, (arugula if you can find it at the store)  to the soup.

Grab a loaf of garlic bread, put on your slippers and go settle in for a movie and a hot bowl of hearty soup.

Lets hope the weather continues to stay cold, I am so close to devouring my soup!

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AboutLong Ears Farm

My passion for life is baking and creating in the kitchen.
From canning fresh produce and fruit each summer and fall with my grown children to
Flipping thru magazines and trying those impossible dishes.
However I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.

I have written many cookbooks over the years, you can order them directly at https://wordpress.com/view/longearsfarm.org, The cookbooks have reminded me that I always go back to finding my true self in the kitchen, when I am covered in flour, lost in baking or making the biggest mess ever in the kitchen.
Sometimes my kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! And I have a really small space lol.

Now that the kitchen and i have finally found our groove we are able to further the journey with sharing my recipes, thoughts, and kitchen wisdom with the world!
Gone are the days of rushing into the house after a long day at work, and trying to beat Betty Crocker at her own game , tirelessly trying to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family, making it look effortless and taste good too!
Many a night was spent in my work coat cooking dinner, as I had not taken the time to take it off.
Straight to the kitchen , a glass of wine and my favorite casserole dish I went.
This is partly the product of being brought up on a salad, main entrée, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!

However it was survival of the fittest for my kids as they grew up.
You had one chance to eat dinner, and if you chose to sit there and pout over the broccoli on your plate, many nights when dinner was over, you went hungry.
Ahhh those were the days, the days when parenting was free spirited and fun!

I hope you enjoy what I share with you, and if you ever find yourself looking for a little bit of those tried and true recipes feel free to check out my cookbook, there's something in them for everyone!

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