We all have our favorite foods to help cure the ails of cold and damp weather. This is one of my family’s favorites. I especially love how quick it comes together and how easy it is to modify to suit your tastes or what you have on hand. With soup weather quickly closing in on us, I thought it was a good time to share the recipe with you.
It originated from a recipe I found years ago but can no longer recall where or what it was called. I have changed and added to it many times and generally make it with whatever I have on hand. I have made it both with ground turkey and ground beef for ease of preparation, but if you are vegetarian it would still be great without meat I believe. I have added diced potatoes, cooked pasta, rice, and sliced cook carrots if I have them on hand, just to name a few of the add-ins I have tried. I have substituted other canned soups, types of beans, and used frozen or canned corn. No matter what I do it has been a winner, and like so many other comfort foods it is even better on the second day.
Pantry Pleasing Crockpot Comfort Soup (converts easily to vegetarian)
1 pound lean hamburger or ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped (I like to use fresh but have also substituted chopped garlic in a jar)
salt and pepper to taste (I generally don’t add pepper if I use Rotel tomatoes, but I add 1 tsp salt.)
2 cans minestrone soup (I usually have Progresso on hand)
1/2 can corn or equivalent amount of frozen, (I have made it with both drained and undrained)
1 can Rotel original tomatoes with peppers
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans beans, not drained (basically whatever I have on hand, pinto, black, small white, Ranch-style, etc. but I use two different beans for variety. Personally I like the addition of a can of Ranch Style beans as one of the beans)
1 cup water
If you are adding meat, cook it breaking into small pieces and drain the fat. Set aside. Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil. Add the meat, onion and garlic and remaining ingredients to your crockpot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Be sure you have a wonderful loaf of french bread on hand to sop up the last drops. Enjoy!