Rainy Day Food

We’ve been having wicked weather lately – last week there was widespread flooding, and today we had a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours, with 100 km/hr winds to boot.
Sounds like perfect soup weather to me!
This is a basic recipe for a very satisfying and creamy milk-based soup. You can vary the vegetables depending on what you have on hand. Creamy Vegetable Soup:

  • 6 tablespoons butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup diced celery (I often leave it out because I usually don’t have it on hand – can add a bit of ground celery seed instead if desired)
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 medium potato, diced (unpeeled is fine)
  • 4 cups of chopped vegetables (can be 1 or more of broccoli, cauliflower, peas, etc.)
  • 3 cups of stock (I use organic chicken bouillon cubes)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • pepper, to taste

Melt butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add onion and saute until tender. Add flour and stir until smooth. Gradually whisk in chicken stock and milk, stirring constantly to blend. Bring to a boil and then add the vegetables and seasonings. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes (stirring occasionally) until vegetables are tender. I sometimes whiz it with my immersion blender for just a few seconds to incorporate some of the vegetables (leave it chunky, though).
Serves 4 for a meal (doubles easily). Serve with warm bread or baking soda biscuits, and stay indoors!

5 thoughts on “Rainy Day Food

  1. Everyone and their mother’s are making soup! Makes you want to break down and make some clam chowder, oh wait, I did that last night. ~grin~ I am bookmarking your soup to make later. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. When I saw this soup recipe that you posted here today, I knew it would be perfect for our dinner tonight.

    We’ve had some pretty nasty weather down here in the US as well– three days of rain & lots of cold wind. I really don’t like this kind of weather. It’s just a reminder of the cold, cold winter that’s lurking around the corner.

    Thanks much for sharing your recipe!

    Deb

  3. Phelan – Mmm, clam chowder. I haven’t had that in years.

    Debbie – Bad weather seems to be the order of the day everywhere. I hope your family liked the soup!

    Katie – Thanks, and you’re welcome!

  4. Looks fabulous! I will try it this week. Although we haven’t been having the nasty weather you’ve had, it’s been a tad chilly…and soup is just the thing I’m having a hankering for.

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