Ham-Green Bean Soup

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Made: January 14, 2014
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time to make: 2 hours.

Unable to get a ham bone, I actually used a meaty smoked hock for this soup, but it is not far off a ham flavour and gives as good a stock.  There was plenty of meat for another soup later as well as some for the cats.

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Lima Bean Soup

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried:September 28, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed:45 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Cook dried or frozen beans and drain reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid for best flavour.

If you already have the beans cooked this is very quick soup to make, less than half an hour. The flavour is subtle but delightful, though some may prefer to add a little stronger seasoning. I found a bit of Worcestershire sauce an excellent addition.

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Golden Potato Soup

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Made: December 7, 2013
Yield: 4 servings
Time to make: 15 -20 minutes.

Prior preparation needed
Cook and mash potatoes (may use leftovers)

I expect if I had used a strongly orange-coloured cheese this soup would have lived up more to its name. But I used a fine old white cheddar for the taste.  This is basically a thin white sauce to which mashed potato and shredded cheese have been added.  It is quite bland as is and I am glad I have leftovers to try some additional seasoning.  Rosemary would be a very good addition; cayenne or chili if you want some heat. And if you don’t object to meat, some crispy, crumbled bacon or some chunks of ham. So consider this more of a soup base to be altered as your mood and pantry supplies dictate.

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Button Soup

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:June 30, 2017
Yield: 16 servings
Time needed: 3-4 hours

Although it would take even longer, this would be a great dish to do in a slow cooker. The name comes from a children’s storybook which includes a variation on the Stone Soup tale. In this one a miser is tricked into making soup for a whole town with just a button, so the contributor’s children named this “button soup”. The long, slow cooking makes for beautifully tender stewing beef as well as a great beef stock.

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Vegetable Miso Soup

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: June 17, 2017
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes

A very simple soup in the Asian tradition and quickly made. I was delightfully surprised by the flavour. Much better than standardized restaurant preparations.

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Cold Zucchini and Buttermilk Soup

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 8, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 5-10 minutes + time to chill

This is the recipe which taught me buttermilk is delicious in many ways other than an ingredient of pancake batter and converted me to cold soups which I used to think was an oxymoron.

Cold Zucchini and Buttermilk Soup

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