Kitchen Sink Soup
Have you ever started to make a recipe, only to find out that you are inexplicably out of half of the ingredients? Of course, we make do, but sometimes the “making do” recipes are wretched, and sometimes they taste better than the original. Here’s our “everything but the kitchen sink” soup that can help you clear out your crisper and pantry, and please your family all at once! It will also please you, because it’s as quick as it is fabulous.
This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and South Beach phase 2 safe recipe. This can easily be a vegan and vegetarian recipe if you omit the meat. This is also a yummy recipe that will be ready in less than 45 minutes!
- Splash olive or canola oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3+ cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 lbs ground or chopped meat (if using meat)
- Seasonings to taste – Italian seasoning, cumin & chili powder, or cajun seasoning
- 2 pinches kosher salt, couple grinds fresh pepper
- splash wine (alcohol will carry flavors, but this can easily be omitted)
- 3 yellow squash or zucchini, cut into half-moons AND/OR
- 2 carrots, cut into half-moons AND/OR
- 1 box frozen/bag fresh spinach AND/OR
- 1 cup frozen peas AND/OR
- 1-2 cups sliced okra (frozen or fresh) AND/OR
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms AND/OR
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes (or not)
- 1 can beans of choice (or not)
- 1/2 lb noodles or 1/2 cup rice or 1/2 cup lentils
- (approximately) 2 quarts stock or water (amount will vary depending on ingredients chosen)
In a soup pot, warm the oil to medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pot. Stir, and when they start to soften, add the meat. (if using meat)
Add the spices to the onion, & garlic mixture. As the meat (if using) starts to brown, add any fresh vegetables you have chosen. Stir until meat has browned and vegetables have softened. Deglaze the pan with the splash of wine, if using.
Add canned tomatoes, beans, and stock/water. Add 1 quart stock/water, then add 1 cup at a time until it looks soupy. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil.
Add rice/noodles/lentils and any frozen veggies. Simmer 15-20 minutes (depending on directions on your dried good), test and alter seasonings, and serve. Yum!