Would you come over if someone offered you homemade bread and soup for dinner? I thought so! On Friday I had my once a month open to everyone homemade bread and soup night. It’s become the “place to be” with my friends and neighbors. 🙂
I knew less people would be coming this time. (When several of my “groupies” tell me they can’t come, I know it will be quieter). Normally I have between 25-45 people show up. On Friday I had 12-15 come. I made one crock pot of soup and four types of bread. (Yes I do have bread left over, but every bite of soup was eaten).
I forgot to get a picture before we started on the soup, but this is what it looked like after about 45 minutes…
“It [soup] breathes reassurance, it offers consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability…There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup, it’s wisp of aromatic steam teasing the nostrils into quivering anticipation.” – Louis P. DeGouy, Waldorf-Astoria chef, The Soup Book (1949)
I found this wonderful product called 21 Seasoning Salute (available at Trader Joe’s Stores) that I wanted to try. The ingredients include: onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato granules, lemon juice powder, oil of lemon and citric acid. I thought this salute would be perfect for a soup!
This is an incredibly easy and versatile soup to make. All you need is a crock pot and a few ingredients. You may use any type of beans and any type of vegetables, either fresh or frozen, and any type of tortellini. I used pinto beans, a frozen stir fry blend of vegetables, and a seven cheese blend frozen tortellini.
Vegetable, Tortellini, Bean Soup
- 3 cups (or 2 cans) cooked pinto beans
- 10 cups water
- 4 tablespoons 21 seasoning salute
- 4 cups vegetables
- 8 to 12 ounces tortellini
- 2 to 4 cups water
Put pinto beans into crockpot, add water and seasoning salute. Set it on low and let it cook for four hours. Add vegetables and stir, cook for another two hours. Add tortellini and cook for another two hours. Add water, then salt and 21 seasoning salute to taste.
This soup got rave reviews. Everyone totally enjoyed it. Simple, filling and delicious!
If you try this, please let me know what you think in the comments. What kind of soups do you like? Have you made/found any great vegetarian soup recipes that you would like to share? Enjoy your day!
Here are the links for the bread recipes I made:
Cottage Cheese Hemp Bread: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/10/cottage-cheese-hemp-bread-machine/
Sourdough Quinoa Bread: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/13/sourdough-quinoa-bread/
Pinto Bean Bread: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/19/pinto-bean-bread/
Garlic, Rosemary, Olive Oil Bread: coming soon