Here's another garden-inspired recipe I've been using a lot this summer...
Every time hubby and the kids bring in a cabbage from the garden, I know this will be making it's way onto the menu in the next day or two! My parents were visiting when a cabbage was carried in from the back yard by a freckle-faced, bare-footed cutie recently, and my dad went on and on about how much he loved this soup! So, here's the recipe (if you call using no measurements and adding all ingredients "to taste" a recipe) Dad wanted me to send you, Mom:
First, brown about 1 pound of ground beef in bottom of olive oil drizzled pan,
When the beef is about halfway browned, add a generous layer of dried Italian seasoning to mix in as it finishes.
After the beef is completely browned and cooked (and grease drained, if necessary), stir in a box of beef broth, a family-size can of tomato soup, and a can (same soup can) of water. If you want the soup to go further, you can add a second box of broth, or more water, keeping in mind that more water always makes it necessary to add more salt!
As the soup warms up over a medium-high heat, have veggies sauteing in about 4 T of butter. (I use about 1 yellow onion, 3 stalks of celery, and 3 carrots- here I was finishing up a handful of baby carrots)
While veggies are softening over medium heat, add chopped cabbage (small head, or half to more of a bigger head) to the soup pot.
As the veggies continue to soften, sprinkle another generous layer of the Italian seasoning to the pan.
Once stirred into the vegetables, the veggie/herb combo should look like this...
Add a couple good sized tomatoes, (canned would probably work just fine... these are fresh from the garden...mmm!) to the soup.
Add the vegetables, and let the soup simmer as long as you'd like. Your vegetables will probably need at least another 30 minutes or so with the rest of the soup, but as a rule, the longer the flavors meld on a low simmer, the better it tastes.
And soup always tastes better the second day, after it's been hanging out all together for a while, especially when cabbage is involved!
I didn't get a picture of the soup in the bowls, but we love to top ours with shredded cheese and a tiny dollop of sour cream. So good! Everyone at our house LOVES this soup, from the two year old all the way up to Daddy. It's super easy, and makes everyone happy!