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Share a Spoon - Garden Fresh Veggie Soup

Thursday, June 2, 2011

 Think Tank Momma

Share a Spoon


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We have already been able to enjoy our garden this year.  Living in FL does have one advantage.  Only one, but at least all the heat and sunshine is good for something.  One of my FAVORITE things about a garden is the fresh squash and zucchini.  I don't know why I love it so much, but I can eat it raw, cooked, fried, steamed, whatever!  LOVE IT!

I make zucchini bread every summer.  Zucchini and tomatoes are a side that BDC and I LOVE!  I throw it in soups too!  That's what I thought I'd share today.  Soup.  Even in the middle of the summer heat, we eat soups.  We eat salad and soup here often.

Garden Fresh Vegetable Soup

1 lb ground pork
1 sweet onion
3 ribs celery
3  medium carrots
2 medium zucchini
1 clove grated garlic
2 28oz cans San Marzano tomatoes
1 Tblspoon Fennel Seeds
1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
1 tsp fresh oregano chopped
1 large bunch flat leaf parsley chopped (probably 2Tbsps)
2 cups Small pasta noodle of your choice
olive oil
salt and pepper

In a large soup pot over medium high heat, add olive oil.  Twice around the pan.

Brown the ground pork.  (You can substitute Italian sausage here if you like, or ground turkey.)  Season with salt and pepper and the fennel seeds, oregano, and thyme.  (if you use sausage omit the fennel seeds)

Chop all your veggies and season with salt n' pepper.  Add the onions, celery and carrots to the soup pot.

Allow them to soften. (3-5 minutes)  Add the zucchini and grated garlic and cook for another 3-5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes to the pot.  I crushed them in my hand as I add them to the pot, but you can blitz them in a food processor if you like.  Fill each can half full with water and add to soup.

Bring the soup to a boil and lower the heat to simmer.  Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.  Add the pasta cook until softened (about 7 minutes).  (I use a small penne.)

Stir in flat leaf parsley and serve.

Alright Smackers, time to share your favorite garden fresh meals!  Let me know what you need recipes for, what themes you would like to see.  


blueviolet said...

That looks so chock full of yum!!!! I've never had straight from the garden fresh veggies. Can you believe it?

Kimberly at Foodies Unite said...

Love the topic! Thanks for another great Share a Spoon!

Babes Mami said...

Looks yummy!

As long as my dad approves my visit we will be in florida in august! We were thinking we could stop by to see you on our way back home. If you want us that is.

Busted Kate said...

Sounds so yummy B! How are you? I definitely miss the BBM group, especially now with the little guy I want to ask you all 1000 questions every day, LOL. Miss you!

Mo 'Betta said...

I just came over to add my link and it's already there. Either you were so kind to link it for me, or I really am losing it!

That soup sounds so good, I've never thought to use ground pork - and I can eat soup year round too! I can't wait to start getting zucchini from the garden...breads, cookies, muffins :D