Soup, Soup and more Soup

A few years ago we visited a local restaurant for which I have never been much of a fan.  I ordered a fire roasted vegetable soup and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  When someone suggested we visit that same restaurant again I was actually looking forward to it thinking I would order that same soup.  Not so lucky, the only item on the menu I liked and they had decided to discontinue serving it.  Last week I thought about that soup and searched on-line for something similar.  I found a few examples and then came up with my own recipe to make it weight watchers friendly.  I made the soup for dinner one night and we ate every last drop.  This past weekend I decided to make it again and freeze it for lunches during the week.  Then I had this great time-consuming idea of making my three favorite soups and freezing them in individual containers for several lunches.  It is no secret that I love soup!!!  So the soup-making marathon began.

I started with the Fire Roasted Vegetable Soup by dicing and cooking one cup each of celery, carrots and onion in a tablespoon of olive oil.

Mire-poix

I stirred and cooked the vegetables for about five minutes.

saute

When tender, I added this mixture to the crockpot along with fire-roasted tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Tomato

I also added a tablespoon of chili powder and some red pepper flakes.

Chili-Powder

In addition, I added a cup of frozen corn and 2 1/2 cups of water, then let the soup cook on low for 5-6 hours.  The beauty of this soup is you can add any combination of vegetables you want, grated zucchini, broccoli, green beans, whatever you have on hand.  When it was time to taste it, I added a pinch (or two or three) of Romano cheese.  Pretty darn good for only 3 points per serving.

Ready-to-eat

Click here to download and print the recipe for Fire Roasted Veg Soup.

Next I decided to make french onion soup, starting with Pioneer Woman’s recipe but halving the butter and leaving out the wine.  If you do not mind the extra calories, I am sure her recipe is fantastic.  I started by melting a half stick of butter (4 Tablespoons) and adding 6 sliced onions.

Melt-butter

Cut-onions

Coat-onions-with-butterStir and cook the onions for 5-10 minutes to make sure they are coated with the butter.  Then stick the pan in the oven on 400 degrees and roast the onions for about an hour.  Not only will this make your house smell wonderful, but it will carmelize the onions and make them very tender.  Next bring the onions back to the stove top and add 4 cups of chicken broth, 4 cups of beef broth, some garlic and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce.  Let simmer for about 30 minutes.  When ready to eat, add some croutons (or a piece of sliced baquette), cover with mozzarella cheese and broil in the over for just a couple of minutes until the cheese melts.   This recipe is so easy to make and taste wonderful!! Just 4 points per serving, without the garnishments of course!

With-croutons-and-cheese

Click here to download and print the recipe for French Onion Soup.

The last soup I made was Black Bean soup which I shared on this blog last January.  You can find that recipe by clicking here.

Black-Bean-Soup

After all the cooking was complete, we ended up with a great dinner (three soups to choose from) and about 12 different lunches in the freezer.

Soup-ready-for-the-freezer

It was a busy, but good day!!  Do you do much cooking ahead and freezing?

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