Monday, September 24, 2012

A Season of Super Soup: Tot-Friendly Veggie Soup (week 4)

A toddler + soup = a huge mess.  Usually, when introducing soup to a tot or small child (or even a preteen) it is best to make sure the bowl is 2/3 of the way full of "stuff" (meat, noodles, veggies) and 1/3 of the way full with liquid.  What happens most of the time is that Sam and I are left with bowls of broth with one sad carrot floating around and the kids have bowls of the good stuff.

Fuck that.  I want some noodles, too.

I present to you:  Tot Friendly Vegetable Soup.  Light on the spices, heavy on nutrients, and mostly comprised of the "good stuff."  Add in a buttermilk biscuit on the side and this is the perfect family friendly meal to welcome fall.  Hope and Sam didn't even know I snuck in turnips; when the turnips are peeled and chopped they looked just like taters.  Mwhahahahahahahaha! 


2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced onion
5 cups hot chicken stock
1 cup hot water
1 cup diced, peeled turnip
1 cup diced, peeled potato
1 cup tomato, seeded and diced
1 cup uncooked alphabet noodles
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 cup chopped spinach or cabbage


Heat butter in a large saucepan. Add onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, and turnips and cook on medium heat until slightly softened. Then add your broth, tomatoes, noodles, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil on medium heat.  Lower the temperature, cover, and simmer for 35 minutes. Then add your cup of spinach or cabbage. Cook about 5 minutes more. Add parsley, salt, and pepper to taste if you wish.

Sam added a bit of hot sauce to his bowl and really loved it.  Atticus and Hope both ate the soup without complaints so that is certainly a win!  Overall, I thought the soup not flavorful enough.  However, I'm the person digging curried soups that no one else will touch.  I guess it is all about perspective. 


Week 3 -- Split Pea Soup
Week 2 -- Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Week 1 -- Chicken Stock

1 comment:

Kristen M. said...

Yes! You totally feed all of the good noodle and chicken bits to the kids and get stuck with all veg and broth. Blech. I'm glad you've solved that problem!