Believe it or not, it is still fall- in spite of Christmas catalogs and your eager neighbor’s decorated tree in the front window. Now, when you think about fall soup flavors, you might often think of warm spices and full body broths.
You’re probably already dreaming of rich broccoli and cheese soup or a hearty beef stew. But even though I openly profess my love for all soups- I am an equal opportunity soup eater- there is one soup that remains my favorite: my sweet vegetable soup.
Yes, that’s right! I said vegetable soup. And this is not your traditional tomato-based vegetable soup, which I have no objection to. This soup is perfectly light, which is what I love so much about it. But don’t worry, this simple delight does not skimp on flavor! It will warm your belly and soul all at the same time! Bonus! You won’t even have to unbutton your jeans, because it’s healthy too!
Because of it’s sweet ingredients and earthy warmth from the bay leaves (I can’t say enough good things about bay leaves!), it will quickly become a family favorite- even for the pickiest of eaters! Pair this soup with some crunchy croutons on top or crusty French bread on the side, and you have the perfect weeknight meal to heat up these chilly evenings!
Sweet Vegetable Soup
2 Tbs. Butter
3 Medium Carrots, Peeled and Thinly Sliced
2 Parsnips, Peeled and Thinly Sliced
1 Medium Leek, Thinly Sliced
1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
1/3 Cup Frozen Peas
32 oz. Carton of Chicken Stock ( if using broth, add chicken bullion)
2 Bay Leaves
16 oz. of Ditalini Pasta
5 Cups of Water
Salt & Pepper, to Taste
- Melt Butter over medium-high heat in a Dutch Oven. Add carrots and parsnips. Salt and pepper, to taste, and sauté until beginning to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Add the leeks. Sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add corn, peas and bay leaves.
- Add the chicken broth, water and more salt and pepper. Cover and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat t0 simmer and cook for 35 minutes.
- Bring soup back to a boil and add pasta. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper, if desired.
- Remove bay leaves and serve.
Hope your family enjoys this sweet, simple comfort!
The Humble Homemaker