Snow Day Soup

 In Recipes, Soup

Submitted by: Art Willoughby

Growing up in southern Virginia provided few opportunities to build snowmen, create snow angels or engage in epic snowball fights.  When the snowfall did occur to a level that resulted in school closures, the world seemed to slow down just enough to allow for those moments that lead to lifetime memories.   While my sisters and I built a snowman and played on the one sled in our neighborhood, Mom made homemade soup from the ingredients on hand.  The snowfall from this past winter served as a catalyst to try my hand at recreating Mom’s “Snow Day Soup” and the opportunity to make a few memories with our grandchildren. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Ingredients:

  • Four (4) carrots sliced
  • 3 celery stalks sliced
  • ½ cup of diced onions
  • Dice 3 slices of bacon
  • 4 cups of No Salt chicken broth
  • 1 can of white beans (drained)
  • 1 can of red beans (drained)
  • 1 can of Campbell’s tomato soup
  • 1 cup of water
  • Pepper (dash or to taste) A
  • Oregano (dash or to taste)
  • Basil (dash or to taste)
  • 1 cup of small elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Pour the carrots, celery, and onions into a Dutch Oven (or similar cooking device) and sauté until translucent.
  2. Add the ingredients shown above, EXCEPT the elbow macaroni and parmesan cheese to mix. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the elbow macaroni and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Garnish with the shredded parmesan cheese.
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