Hello, chill in the air. How are you? I love you because you mean blankets, sweatshirts, comfy slippers, football, and soup. Especially when sick, soup is just so absolutely perfect for a lazy weekend meal. When you’re under the weather and have a three year old using you are their own personal jungle gym, it is so nice to chop, mix, simmer, and enjoy.
This recipe was a first for me – I have never used a simple syrup to make soup before. I actually read the recipe a few times to make sure that I was reading it correctly. Wow – it was amazing. The vegetables combined with the broth and sugar brought to a boil was absolutely amazing. I adapted the recipe slightly to include zucchini.
Once the beef broth sugary mixture started to boil, I added three different types of tomatoes to give depth of flavor – I added half a cup of ketchup, one 5.5 ounce can of V8 vegetable juice, and a can of diced tomatoes. The balance was absolutely perfect. The sweetness of the brothy syrup and the tang from the tomatoes gave a wonderful flavor. Even DJ loved the soup. He grabbed his little spoon and attacked mine after eating all of his.
1 medium onion, chopped1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper2 cups broth
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained1 small can (5-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
1 cup chopped zucchini1 cup sliced carrots2 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes2 teaspoons dried basil
1 bay leaf