Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pantry–Freezer Soup

Today I got very domestic.  I always have great intentions to make meals in advance on Sundays so that I have less work to do during the weekdays, but this rarely ever happens.  On a rainy day like today, it made perfect sense.  I knew that we had a lot of frozen vegetables that have been in our freezer for months and really needed to be cooked…so I decided to make a big crock pot vegetable-bean soup.  As I started to to search the freezer, I discovered that 5 of the bags were actually broccoli!   Broccoli doesn’t do great in a crock pot for hours as it turns into a mush, so the whole “clean the freezer out by making a big crock pot soup idea” went out the window.  I did grab one bag of spinach from the freezer.  Not sure why I had frozen spinach though?  Farmer John must have bought it. 
So here’s the recipe of what I threw together, and I must say it’s quite tasty!
Yellow Zucchini, White Bean, Spinach and Pesto Soup
  • 2 yellow zucchinis diced (bought at the local farmer’s market)
  • 1 medium onion chopped and sauteed in olive oil
  • 1 can diced tomato with herbs
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • a few cups of organic chicken stock (didn’t measure)
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 16 oz bag of spinach
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 pesto cubes (from freezer, saved from last summer)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
(just about any vegetables or herbs could be added to this, but this is what I had on hand)
I turned the crock pot on high around 2:00 and it was done by 6:00.  I ate some and put the rest in containers to be frozen for later. 
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Farmer John will enjoy these for dinners when I am away in Alaska!

Farm Dreams…

I took a moment this morning to read one of the latest posts of gluten-free girl and the chef.  Check this out!  This is totally something I could see Farmer John and I doing on our future farm. 

5-course Farm Tour and Dinner