This soup is really good and easy. If you have more time, you can use fresh vegetables instead of canned, but I like it either way. My family loves this on a cold winter's day. I believe this recipe is from Taste of Home magazine.
Every time I make this soup, people rave about it. It couldn't be any easier, and tastes like you've slaved over the stove all day! Delicious, high protein, high fiber, low fat, low calorie! This recipe is a constant in our menu rotation. It's also what I call "Pantry Food" because everything required is stuff we always keep on hand. Perfect for a sudden cold snap that has you craving hot soup!
I've tried all kinds of vegetable soup recipes and always come back to this one. So easy to do with the use of a food processor to slice the vegetables. This is a great basic recipe. Please feel free to alter it to suit your taste. I sometimes use vegetable broth or beef broth in place of the water which gives the soup a richer flavor.
My children and grandchildren say this is the best soup in the whole wide world. My mother and grandmother made this soup using home canned vegetables. However, since I do not garden any more, I use store bought canned vegetables. Is is super rich and delicious whether eaten with crackers, cornbread, or toasted french bread.
This recipe was in a little recipe pamphlet DH received in the mail. I added extra seasonings and increased the cooking times. I served it with hot crusty sourdough bread and it made a wonderful cold weather soup. As an added bonus using canned beans makes it a very quick and easy dish to put together. I like using the parmesean cheese and DH likes the extra "kick" of the crushed red peppers.
1 tsp Kosher salt has 1120 mg of Sodium. To match the "Nutritional Facts for Rustic Vegetable and Polenta Soup", you should only add 1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt. Remember, there is salt in most store-bought chicken broth.
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, Giada at Home.
This is very close to the Olive Garden soup. There's another recipe on the web, which was the basis of this recipe, however, I have changed it to use less cream. Still tastes good! I did end up using a little cornstarch to thicken. I guess you could sub heavy cream for the half-and-half to make it a little thicker without using cornstarch. The gnocchi is usually in the spaghetti section of the grocery store.
For some reason, my husband thinks he loves gazpacho. Yet if I make a regular size batch, he eats 1 or 2 bowls & that's it. No complaints; it simply doesn't taste as good as he thinks it will. This is a simple, quick recipe to satisfy his imaginary tastebuds and not leave me with a gallon leftover.
Adapted from Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, this is easy with yummy results. Put it on in the morning and come home to a soothing, comforting dinner. Crackers or bread and a salad finish off this meal.