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
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.
The Smack Talker
I'm a fast talkin', smack talkin', food lovin', recipe writin', ADHD sufferin', joke tellin', wit swappin', SNARKTASTIC mommy of five. I married Prince Charming who just so happens to be a Star Wars geek, and we are living happily ever after. I tend to over share, lose my cool and make rash generalizations. I'm teaching my kids to love everyone and appreciate all things. Did I mention I love FOOD?