As the cold slowly drifts into our daily life here is lovely ole’ Iowa, I am starting to think about food. I love food. A lot. I especially love winter comfort food. Soups and stews and casseroles, oh my!
The other day I was at Mom’s for dinner. She had made a soup that my grandma calls Alice’s Soup. It was delish! It really didn’t sound all that great, but boy was I wrong. I could have definitely had a second bowl. So when I went to the grocery store the next time, I got all the ingredients to make my own batch. You see, as we slow down on the farm in the winter I am home a lot more regularly and eat dinner alone most days. Soups are my go to meals. This one is on top of my list. It’s a really simple soup that is hardy.
It starts with Cauliflower. A whole head, chopped.
Of course I never do anything with veggies without taking the trimmings out to the rabbits.
Once chopped and rinsed well, put in a pot with just enough water to cover it and bring to a boil. Boil until tender.
While that is boiling, I cut up the onion and potatoes.
I made a double batch so I couldn’t fit all the cauliflower and the potatoes in one pan.
Lovely! In to the pot they go and boil until tender.
One whole onion finely chopped. Sauté in butter until tender.
I also used bouillon cubes instead of chicken broth. Boiled the water and let them dissolve.
The next thing is the ham. The recipe says as much as you want. I used about half of this ham for a double batch.
Once cubed I just set it aside.
The last ingredients are Bean and Bacon soup and Velveeta.
Of course mom does all things to taste. But she told me how much she used for her soup and that’s what I used. It was only about 4 oz.
Once everything is mix it all together in a pot and simmer.
Now, here’s where I hope my mom isn’t reading this. I am always giving her a hard time about not just following the recipe. Well…I didn’t exactly follow the recipe.
I was digging through my pantry and came across a can of mushrooms. So I thought, huh, that might be good. So I chopped them up and sautéed them in butter.
I then added them to the soup. I thought is was about perfect. However, when I went to town the next day I say corn and thought, Umm maybe I should. So I did. A half of a can of cream corn and a half a can of regular corn. Now it is perfect!
I froze a number of containers and ate a couple. Can’t wait for some cold crappy day to settle in with this.