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Hunky Chunky Man Soup

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This soup is magical.
I swear, it has turned soup-haters into believers. 
It takes a bit of preparation, but if you put on some music while you chop the vegetables, it will all be worth it in the end of the day. Prepare the ingredients the evening before a big day, then you can put this in a crockpot (slow cooker) for the day and even have company for dinner without trying!

Pair this soup with Perfect Rosemary Buns for an incredibly fulfilling meal! 

(Thanks in advance, for your votes in the Instructables Soup Contest!!)

Ingredients:
3 medium carrots
1 medium-large onion
2 stalks of celery
4 small potatoes
1-2 small sweet potato
4-5 cloves of garlic
1.5 cups dry soup mix (or a mix of dry beans, lentils, peas and/or rice)
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper.
1-2 tbsp olive oil/butter (for sauteeing vegetables, your preference)
1 small can corn kernels
7-8 cups vegetable stock
1 cup milk/cream (I used 10% Cereal Cream)
3-5 tbsp all-purpose flour
 
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Step 1: Chop.

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It all started with a limp bunch of celery. My personal celery consumption goes in two-day bursts where I eat the stuff until it comes out my ears, but they are few and far between. So, as this poor lovely vegetable sat in my crisper, I decided to make a soup and include Sir Celery.

Here's where the chopping begins. Carrot, Onion, Celery. Wash, peel and chop them up evenly - but don't mince them into oblivion. We want this to be hunky chunky! Get some fresh garlic ready too, because we'll be using lots of that. Chop up a few potatoes, of the white and sweet varieties.

(3 medium carrots, 1 medium-large onion, 2 stalks of limp but usable celery, 4 small potatoes, 1-2 small sweet potato and loads of garlic.)


danlynne072 years ago
perfect for cool evenings.
lookes very helthy and good
blitzing92 years ago
I fell in love with it the first spoonful i tried :)
AidanG2 years ago
Another way to thicken, that I learned from Texas Chili: lightly brown some flour in a skillet, just to light brown. Add the volcano hot browned flour to the soup a little at a time - the heat of it means no limps, and the browned means no raw flour taste. Delicious!

The soup looks great - i need to keep a mix on hand too. Do you have proportions you use for the lentils, beans, rice, etc?
This sounds wonderful. :D