Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Soup time!

As the days get colder there's nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup.  What's even better is making it in your crock pot!  Dinner is cooking away while you're at work, helping kids with home work or whatever is on your schedule for the day.

On the menu is Hearty Aphabet Soup.  This is a kid friendly soup loaded with veggies, a bit of meat (if desired) and alphabet pasta.  I love it when the kids search out the letters and shout out the recognition!  A little education at meal time is always a great thing.

Hearty Alphabet Soup
makes 5 to 6 servings
ideal slow cooker: 3 1/2 quart
1/2 lb beef stew meat or round steak, cubed.*
14 1/2 oz can stewed tomatoes
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup of water
1.25 oz envelope dry onion soup mix
10 oz package frozen vegetable, partially thawed
1/2 cup uncooked alphabet pasta
1. Combine meat, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and soup mix in clow cooker
2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour and then on low 4 to 6 hours.
3. Turn heat to high. Stir in vegetable and pasta.  Add more water if mixture is too dry or thick.
4.Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
*My family doesn't eat alot of meat.  When they do (I'm a vegan) I only serve organic or meat from animals raised without GMO's and are grass.  I strongly believe that in order to be healthy, we need to eat foods that are healthy.

I served this with fresh drop biscuits.  Perfect on a cold night!
Next crock pot concoction: Split Pea and Ham soup.  I must really love my husband!


  1. I read your blog before volunteering this morning and had just enough time to run to get the ingredients for this simple, economical soup! Thanks for sharing - and giving me tips to make a girl (a little) less frazzled. Happy day!

  2. I must admit to you, I was getting ready to go to an appointment. I thought how great an idea I had to start the soup earlier and set it on low. I got all the ingredients in the pot and was out the door. Came home and wondered, where's the aroma? I was convinced my 13 year old crock pot had finally crapped out. NO, it was that I FORGOT to plug the bloody thing in!! Some days, not even a crock pot can save me! Sigh....