Nothing beats a hot soup or stew on a cold day, especially when friends and the family are around. Warm, buttery, crispy bread. The buzz of conversation and an occasional burst of laugher that may get the entire table laughing. Yep… nothing beats that.
While I’m not going to say that my soup has the power to bring family and friends close together, I will say it’s a good meal to serve when everyone is together. It tastes great and is even better with fresh bread or warm rolls. And it’s vegetarian!
4 quarts water
2 bay leaves
2-4 baby Bella mushrooms
2 cups of broccoli florets
½ medium onion, sliced
2 boiled eggs sliced
3 medium carrots sliced
1 large potato cubed
1 tbsp or butter or crème *
¾ tbsp. of parsley
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
½ tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of uncooked egg noodles
- First and foremost, grab a large stock pot and heat your water. Add in bay leaves, parsley, turmeric, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. As a substitute for garlic powder, use a clove of crushed garlic.
- While the water’s heating, prepare your veggies and boil your eggs and noodles. I like to add my ingredients as the water heats, but if you have everything prepared, steam ahead and add them all in at once.
Except for the noodles. I always add those in when the soup is just about done.
- Simmer for an hour or until potatoes are soft. Be sure to stir everything up every ten minutes or so and to pick the bay leaves out when you come across them. Within the last ten minutes of simmering, add in the cooked noodles.
- Lastly, get the out bowls and soup spoons. Soups On!
*butter or crème is optional
Variations and Tips:
For a stew-like meal, use 3 quarts of water.
Chop the broccoli florets, especially if young children are being served.
If you’re not a fan of boiled eggs, or there’s someone else that isn’t, you can leave them out.
As a substitute for egg noodles, thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta can be used.
If you desire a vegetable soup omit the noodles. It tastes great either way!
You can also try my “All-Purpose Dough” recipe for quick and easy rolls or bread sticks. Get creative and add your favorite toppings! (My favorite happens to be garlic and basil butter!)