The crispness of autumn air is just around the corner. School is back in swing. Life is getting busy. Time for crockpots and lots of soup! This “recipe” for garden vegetable crockpot soup is one of the simplest meals to prepare early in the morning. I wrote out the recipe for what I made for tonight’s dinner for those of you who are afraid to be creative, but there’s no real formula for what to include. Just fill up the crockpot with whatever is abundant in your garden (or that somehow made it into your fridge!), top it off with 6 cups of water, add some fresh or dried herbs, and let it cook all day. I almost always include onions, garlic, and tomatoes for their more intense flavors, but everything else is sort of a kitchen sink approach: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, spinach, broccoli, peas, celery, peppers, kidney beans…you decide. If you are using any root vegetables, I would recommend leaving the salt out until they are tender as sometimes salting too soon can prevent them from softening.
So grab your veggies.
Chop them up and top them off with herbs and water.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy a hearty, healthy meal with your family!
Sometimes I partially puree the soup with an immersion blender to thicken it up a bit or to disguise large chunks of certain vegetables that picky little eaters think they don’t like, but it tastes the same either way ;).
This recipe for garden vegetable crockpot soup is such a simple, hearty meal to prepare. Chop your veggies, top them with water, season, and let it cook.
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 sweet potato, peeled & chopped
3 carrots, peeled & chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 poblano chili pepper, chopped
1 yellow crookneck squash, chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup frozen chopped spinach
1 cup frozen broccoli, chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
½ tsp thyme
6 cups water
salt & pepper to taste
Water saute onions and garlic on the stove.
Mix all but the seasonings in a large crockpot and cook on high for 6-8 hours.
When veggies are soft, add salt and pepper to taste.
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