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Peanut Butter Soup March 8, 2009

Filed under: frugal,Recipes — mrswade @ 3:39 pm
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This has been my favorite soup since I can remember eating soup.  It sounds weird but it is SO good!  When Jake was living at my mom’s house last year she made this and (at the time) he wasn’t really in to eating food that didn’t sound “normal.”  So I told her not to tell him what it was before she gave it to him.  I get a call from her first telling me about his first Peanut Butter Soup experience.  He came home from work and walked upstairs and she said “Jake, would you like to try some…deeelicoussss soup?”  (For those of you who know my mom you can hear her saying this, and should be laughing because it’s hilarious!)  So he said “suuuuure?” and sat down to eat his Delicious Soup, with her standing there staring at him eat the first several bites with a suspicious little grin.  When she said “do you want to know what it isss?”  HAHA! I seriously think this is so hilarious…but maybe its just me (well, and my mom, and Jake, but we think everything is hilarious!) haha!  So anyway, here’s the deeelicoussss recipe 🙂

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Peanut Butter Soup

  • 8 cups of water (I used more because I knew I was putting in a larger quantity of ingredients than called for)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 c diced potatoes
  • 1 c diced carrots
  • 1 c diced zucchini
  • 1 c broccoli or cauliflower
  • 1 c chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 c chopped celery
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 c green pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 c peanut butter
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. In large pot boil water, then add chicken breasts, boil, covered 30-45 mins, remove chicken, shred, then add back to broth
  2. add potatoes and carrots, cook 10 min on med. heat
  3. add zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower, tomatoes, celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic,, simmer for 8 mins
  4. add peanut butter, parsley, pepper and salt, simmer 3 min

You can really use whatever quantity of the ingredients you want, I found it easier to use several potatoes, 2 carrots, 1 zucchini, etc instead of measuring each out and having random left overs.  Also, this soup is WAY better the next day, or after it has simmered a while, I would suggest simmering longer than 3 mins (depending on when you want to have dinner ready of course 🙂 )

ENJOY!

 

Homemade Tomato Soup December 16, 2008

Filed under: frugal,Recipes — mrswade @ 9:40 am
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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes in juice (with basil if available

Directions

  1. In a 5-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; add oil and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and tomato paste; cook 1 minute.
  2. To saucepan, add thyme, broth, and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with your fingers. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, 30 minutes. (Remove thyme sprigs before blending.)
  3. Using an immersion blender, puree soup in pot, leaving a fair amount of the tomatoes in chunks. Or, working in several batches, puree half (5 cups) of the soup in a conventional blender until smooth; return to pot. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, or let cool to room temperature before dividing among airtight containers (leaving 1 inch of space at the top) and freezing.

 

 

Michelle’s Notes

  • I used large cans of diced tomatoes so I didn’t have to break them up, it worked really well
  • I didn’t have fresh or dried thyme so I sprinkled in Italian seasoning and extra basil
  • I wish I had an immersion blender, but I don’t, so I scooped up about 5 cups/half the soup-ish and stuck in it a blender and blended it till it was smooth
  • I served it will grilled cheese 🙂 yummy! I think Bisquick biscuits would be really good with it too.