Spicy Vegetable Soup

I’m not afraid to experiment when it comes to making soup. Some of my best soups are ones that have come off the top of my head. But I’ve found another way to get the same results. That’s by taking the best of a couple of recipes and combining them.

And that’s exactly what I did for our supper tonight. I had been contemplating a chicken tortilla soup and started looking in my cookbooks for a recipe. I found one in a newer version of my “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook and started to make it. But while going along, I came up short on a couple of ingredients.

So, I went on the Internet in search of similar recipes and stumbled upon one called “Grubbin’ Spicy Chicken Soup.” It contained a number of ingredients that I had already put in the pot and a few more that were in the refrigerator and on the pantry shelf.

The result was a soup that I’m going to call Spicy Vegetable Soup, since it contains very little meat (less than ½ cup of pheasant), a lot of produce and a little kick. It was very hardy and full of fiber.

I think it was a great way to kick off National Nutrition Month.

Spicy Vegetable Soup
1  cup  diced sweet onion
2  garlic cloves, minced
32 ounces chicken or pheasant broth
2 14½-ounce cans chili-ready diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can dark kidney beans or navy beans
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2  teaspoons  salt
4 cups  coarsely chopped green cabbage
1  cup  uncooked wild rice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
Combine all ingredients in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 1 to 1½ hours.
Yield: 2½ quarts.

One thought on “Spicy Vegetable Soup

  1. LOL, my husband would be happy if I would keep a notebook and pen on the counter as I make his favorite…..chili. Wait….to say ‘his favorite’ is a misnomer. Because I have never made chili the same twice. But somewhere in the mix of those I have made….he has had Favorites. Your story of the spicy chicken soup made me think….yes, experimenting is GOOD. But sometimes you want to repeat the performance and making notes helps. This old cook needs some new training to do that…..
    Keep the good work Chef Jeff.

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