Cold night comfort
By Angie Sutton
Who doesn't love soup when the thermometer reads just 6 degrees F outside? There's something about dishing up a bowl brimming with ingredients with steam rising that warms you to the core.
Several things make soup a regular appearance at Sutton Central. It is an easy item to add to your meal plan because you can use leftover meat from another night's meal. Grab a bag of frozen browned ground beef or shredded grilled pork tenderloin, pop it in the microwave to defrost and you've got a headstart on your dish.
Another reason it tops the list is easy preparation with either fresh vegetables or shortcuts in the freezer section at your grocery store. Fresh petite-sized baby carrots can double as a kid's snack and soup staple. While I prefer fresh potatoes, frozen Southern-style hash browns can save you preparation time and cook time because of their size.
Most soup recipes require just one or two pots and pans to create, which means less time in the kitchen and more family domino game playing!
One-Pot Taco Soup
This soup is a combination of our favorite things. A tummy-warming and filling soup that is made in one pot guarantees this dish will make a regular appearance at Sutton Central. Another plus is you can brown your ground beef and then toss all of the ingredients in your slow cooker on low to simmer for up to 8 hours.
1 lb. ground beef
1. In a large stock pot, brown the ground beef and onions. Drain any fat.
2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
3. Simmer on low for up to 1 hour.
Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
Smoked Sausage, Cabbage and Veggie Soup
This is a recipe created by my husband last week when he was home for lunch. A few ingredients in the slow cooker set on low for 6 hours or on high for about 4 hours and you'll be welcomed home by this warm, fragrant soup. Kick it up by using spicy smoked sausage!
Leftovers taste just as good on day two for lunch.
1/2 head cabbage, washed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker.
2. Add enough water to fill your slow cooker about half full.
3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Potatoes will be soft when done.
Black Bean Soup
Serve with sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips and a wedge of lime.
4 (15-oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1. In a medium stock pot, add beans, stock, water, garlic, onion, and bell peppers. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour.
2. Add salt, cumin and chili powder,; stir until combined. Cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Use a stick blender to blend about half the soup to create a creamier base if you wish.