(Chicken & Veggie Soup)
I am always so happy when autumn rolls around. Simply because it is the beginning of three delicious seasons of soup. Here in the Northern Midwest, autumn, winter, and spring are all soup weather. I have such a hard time knowing what to feed my hungry crowd during the summer. My life becomes easier by this humble dish and it is a lovely way to use up what is sitting around my kitchen and stretch what we have on hand. As I’ve been chopping, stirring, and watching this autumn’s batch of soup simmering, something has come to mind over and over again. Of course, the feelings of warmth, home, and family meals, but something deeper even. Our lives are made up of many bits and pieces, simmering and very often tried over fire. My faith challenges me to believe that all of these parts make up a complete whole. Each part of soup and life is important to the finished product. If I just threw one onion into a pot, it would not come out well, if I do not wait patiently for all the ingredients to be added, slowly, and patiently cooked, I would not have a glorious meal worth sharing at the end. The wafting scent lingering in the house and the savoring of soup, crackers or bread in hand, bring to mind all that the Lord desires for our lives to be. One of wholeness in Him. I want to stew 🙂 on this more, but it is an important lesson for me.
Our current favorite soup:
(I adapted this from an online recipe YEARS ago, forgive me for not knowing the original source.)
Rosemary Potato & Ham Soup
(I often make this in a 7 quart crock pot, but it can be done quickly on the stove also)
Favorite potatoes, chopped. I don’t peel the potatoes, but you can if so desired.
Small ham piece, chopped.
Chicken broth to cover, about 6 cups.
A Bay Leaf, or two.
Salt & pepper to taste.
1/2 stick of butter
Crock pot: Layer alternating chopped potatoes & ham. Sprinkle a little bit of dried rosemary every other layer. Throw in bay leaf. Dot top with butter. Add s & p. Cook on high for 5 hours or till tender.
Stove top: Throw everything together in a pot, simmer.
Serve with crackers or fresh bread.