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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Crockpot Soup

Crockpot Soup - What Could Be Easier?

The perfect meal for busy nights - try making this delicious, nutritious soup straight from your crock pot. Get the steps to creating soups quickly and easily!

Crock-pot soup is the easy way to get a delicious and healthy meal on the table in no time. With just a few simple steps, you can whip up a hearty and flavorful soup that your whole family will love. Learn how to make the perfect crockpot soup that cooks up quickly and easily!

The other day when I thought about what I wanted to make for dinner, I decided soup of the day was it!  Since we have been working with ground turkey so much, I thought it would be pretty tasty to create a soup that I could also use our crockpot with.

I really do need to create more recipes using our crockpot.  It is so simple to open, dump, stir, and forget about it for 8 hours or so.  Sound like your kind of cooking?  Me too!  

What you will need:
  1. 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (40.5 oz) 
  2. 1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
  3. 1 container of chicken broth (32 oz)
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 1 T dried oregano
  6. 1 dash cayenne pepper (I have a dash measuring spoon which is 1/8 t)
  7. 2 t minced garlic
  8. 1 t garlic powder
  9. 1 pound ground turkey
  10. 2 c shredded or cut cabbage (small pieces) 
  11. Salt & Pepper to your liking 

What you need to do:
  • Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cabbage, and seasonings to crockpot
  • Set to 8 hours on low
  • Cook ground turkey in skillet until no longer pink along with onion until it has softened
  • Add to crockpot
  • Set it and forget it!
  • Serve when ready

Comments:  I can tell you that I have dumped everything into the crockpot, including frozen beef in the past, set the crock-pot and headed off to work (pre pup days).  

#1 After I watched This is Us, I stopped leaving our crockpot unattended all day while I was at work, that show pulled at my heart strings.  Okay, more like ripped it out, stomped all over it, and then put it back into my chest piece by piece all sewn together.  If you have never seen it and are searching for a binge watch, I recommend looking it up.  So sad, but there were many happy moments too, but I digress.   

#2 The issue I had at that time was that there was no way to really drain the ground beef and so that fat was in my soup.  I did not care for that at all because I felt like it had a greasy feel to my soup.  So I began cooking my protein separately, draining, and then adding to my crockpot once it was completed.  

#3 I did not try this, but I am wondering out loud here... ground turkey is so lean we may be able to try putting it into the crock pot at the beginning and let it cook with the rest of our ingredients without the yucky fat laying on the top of our soup.  I may need to try this, and see what happens.  

Setting the Crockpot Time and Temperature.

With your ingredients added, it’s time to set up your crockpot. Slow cookers can vary in terms of settings and cook times, so check the instructions for your specific device. For most types of soups or stews, a high heat setting is best. Depending on the quantity (you may decide to half this recipe) of the soup, allow 4-5 hours for cooking on high or 8-10 hours for cooking on low (if you follow our exact recipe, go with 8-10 hours on low, this makes a lot of soup!). As always with slow cookers, be sure not to leave it unattended while it cooks (This would be about the time I can hear my Grandpa say, do as I say, not as I do in my mind) !

Slow Cooking to Perfection: Serving, Storage & Reheating Tips

Once the soup has thoroughly cooked through and has been brought to a boil, turn it off and let it cool slightly before serving. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. If you’re reheating from frozen, do so slowly to avoid scorching. You can reheat it on stovetop or microwave, but again refer to your slow cooker’s instructions for best results.

Since so many of you enjoyed the Cabbage Recipe Casserole, I decided another recipe share with cabbage was in order.  Personally, I love cabbage, I just never knew so many other folks out there also loved it.  

There is just something about when you make dinner with cabbage, it takes me back to childhood, quick!  Those beloved cabbage rolls of my childhood were always an ace in the hole when my grandmother made them.  She would make an entire stockpot full of them, enough for all of us to eat and take home with us.    

I miss those days when we would go to Grandma's house and we would all work together in her small kitchen canning foods from their garden.  I recall always being tasked with snapping the ends of green beans off.  My grandfather would be right there in the thick of it with us gals in the kitchen, their soap operas playing in the background in the living room on their large console television, as well as, on the small portable TV in the kitchen too.  I mean, we couldn't miss a thing, now could we?    

My grandfather had a sweet tooth, and was always sharing a cookie, or ice cream, or fudge with me.  It would be like it was our little secret, he would smile, and hand it to me, and I knew to keep quiet about eating sugar before dinner.  I recall grinning from ear to ear thinking we were getting away with something.  Somehow I think my grandmother had eyes in the back of her head and knew what we were doing, but she let it go.        

This was one of those really easy soups to make.  We love kidney beans in our home and so I try to think of new ways to use them when I can.  I certainly do not want chili every night for dinner.  

This recipe will make a LOT of soup.  If you have a large gathering, this would be one of those recipes you can share with a crowd.  Or, how about making this soup recipe, and then freezing it so you can use it on one of those evenings when you do not feel like cooking dinner or do not have the time for a full fledged home cooked mean.  Heat it up, and call dinner done.  The family will think you slaved for hours on dinner.  

You can even share it with friends & family, I know I would not mind someone taking the task of dinner off my hands for an evening.  Not at all actually!  The possibilities are endless with this one recipe, so go ahead and give it a try.  If you like a bit of spice to your life, this will do the trick!   


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