As I've said before, I realize this isn't a food blog. However, I made the most amazing homemade soup tonight and wanted to share the recipe. I didn't take any photos. Actually, I don't think it would have photographed well. To be honest, I won't even tell you what it resembles because you may not want to make it. But trust me.........it was REALLY good. And healthy. The recipe is from Jane Brody's Good Food Book which I have owned for years. I haven't cooked out of it very much lately (because I haven't truly "cooked" very much lately) but I was looking through it the other day for some good soup recipes. And this one sounded very intriguing. Here is the recipe:
Pureed Peanut Butter and Vegetable Soup
1 large onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 T. vegetable oil (peanut, if available)
1 stalk celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
2 leeks (white part only), washed well and diced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (I used 2 cans veggie broth)
1/4 t. cayenne
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. salt
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I used JIF reduced-fat)
1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in the oil, stirring, until the onions are transparent.
2. Add the celery, carrots, potatoes, leeks, and broth. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer the soup until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
3. Stir in the cayenne, black pepper, salt, and peanut butter. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree it.
I was very intrigued by the peanut butter. And very impressed by the soup. I like to make soup when the weather gets colder and I feel really good when I make a recipe that requires chopping lots of vegetables. Even though my youngest son didn't touch the soup after all that chopping. Chopping vegetables appeals to the Earth Mom wanna-be that I am. My oldest son ate about half of his bowl of soup and the DH ate two bowls which was very gratifying. I love it when he likes what I cook. Actually he is very easy to cook for; I am blessed that way. THANKS, hun! (I know he skims the blog, so we'll see if he actually reads this or totally blows it off since it's a recipe. So..............DH............if you are reading this, I challenge you to go out on a limb and post a comment to prove your careful reading of your wife's words in cyberspace. Go for it!)
And as for the rest of you...............go forth and chop and try this out. I am pretty sure you won't be disappointed. I am already looking forward to heating up the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.