Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Italian Harvest Soup and 300th Post Giveaway!

This is our 300th post! Time has really flown. We will be giving a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly selected comment. Just leave a comment telling us how we can make our posts more useful for a chance to win. We'd love to hear about what kinds recipes you want to see more of, etc. We will take comments till Friday! Thanks for reading!

I happy to report that my son's collar bone is making progress. He made it through a day of school, so things are looking up on that front. It is a great time of year to be making some wonderful soups. Some of my family members are not big fans of soup, but I try to slip them in for dinner every once in a while. :) I have found the smaller the pieces of vegetables the better. This soup has a great assortment of a lot of vegetables. It is always nice to get a nice variety all in one shot. I have never put spinach in a soup before. It was a nice addition. Here is another great soup recipe.

2 C chopped celery
2 large carrots peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 large onion chopped
2 T grape seed oil or oil of your choosing
4-6 cloves of garlic minces
1/2 to 1 pepper green, red or yellow chopped up
6 C water
1 28oz crushed fire roasted tomatoes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
4-5 oz fresh spinach chopped up
2 C grated zucchini
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for garnish optional
optional* crackers, hard crusty bread or tortilla chips to serve with
(You could add some meat if desired)


1. In large pot pour in oil. Heat up oil on med. heat. Pour in the onions, celery, and carrots. Let them cook and soften. Stir them occasionally.

2. Once they have softened add garlic, and peppers. Let them cook 3 min.

3. Then add water, tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn down the heat and then let it simmer 30 to 40 min.

4. Then add chopped spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Cook another 5 min until completely heated. Serve with grated Parmesan on top if desired. You can serve with crackers, bread or tortilla chips as well.


  1. You don't have to put me in the running for the giveaway, but I have enjoyed this blog and watching the photography develop.

    This may already be here, but are there any good online sources for harder-to-find grains and ingredients you use? We don't have a lot of selection in our corner of Texas, so specialty ingredients have to come via the internet.

  2. Hooray for the 300th post! I love your guys' blog :) Hmm...what to see more of...I love using my grain mill, maybe some recipes with milled items? I've been wondering about making a grain mix for milling- wheat, oat, bean, amaranth, quinoa?? I have no idea what would taste good or work! :)

  3. This looks awesome and I have also enjoyed seeing some of your recipes!

  4. Hooray for 300 posts. This soup looks delicious. And I would love to see more 1 pot recipes :)

  5. Thank You so much for your helpful comments. It is wonderful to get some suggestions. Alan in answer to you getting products that are not available in your area. We are actually in the process of having products, that I use available on line. Hopefully in the next month or two. I will keep you posted. Myrnie, I will work on doing some more milled grains. Aimee, thanks for the suggestion on one pot items. I will work on that too. You are all great. Thank you for your support. :)