Because January calls for some hygge*, right?
Some funny bunny posted this nugget on Facebook this week, “Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31 except January which has about 937.” Yep, it can feel that way when the outdoors is all gray, cold, icy and yuck.
But, we can all take a lesson from the Scandinavians and learn to create our own inner sunshine. My hardy relatives in Iceland and Denmark have a skimpy five or six hours of daylight this month but they’ve adopted a cozy philosophy of embracing the outer conditions and finding joy in simple indoor comforts. Hygge. Like for example, a soul-satisfying bowl of homemade soup and some crusty bread, especially when shared with loved ones (ok, and maybe eating it on the couch, wearing sweats, wrapped in an afghan and binging on Netflix.)
A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
Think of it like dancing. You learn a few steps and then let the music move you. And now, you’re a dancer!
Soup starts with simple, basic ingredients. You’ve been reading cookbooks for years so now you’re a cook! Let’s make some soup!
Kitchen Sink Soup starts with seasoned ground beef.
That thingamajig in the picture? It’s like in my top 5 favorite gadgets. I can’t imagine my kitchen without it! The Pampered Chef meat chopper makes browning and breaking up ground beef or sausage a snap. (But, I also use it for smashing hard cooked eggs or boiled potatoes or stewed tomatoes. You oughta getcha one!)
Add celery, carrots, potatoes, garlic and parsley.
Now add a little olive oil right on top of the browned ground beef. Put all those veggies in and let them saute until everything starts to get fragrant.
Add aout two quarts of water and >BOOM<, the magic ingredient!
I’m not kidding, this stuff will make you want to drink the broth!! Knorr vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon cubes! Knorr originated in Germany and has been around since 1838 so they know a thing or two about soup! It adds ah-mazing flavor to both soups and casseroles! I always keep some on the shelf! I’ve never been disappointed in a Knorr product, ever!
Now all you have to do is let it simmer until the celery, potatoes and carrots are tender, 20 minutes tops! Pair it with a loaf of crusty bread that you warmed a bit in the oven and slip into hygge* heaven. Bliss in a bowl!
Why do I call it Kitchen Sink Soup?
Because you can add or change up pretty much any ingredient! Sausage instead of ground beef? Done! Add some green beans or corn? You bet! Got some zucchini or spinach? Go for it! Pasta instead of potatoes? Sure! Toss in some shredded cabbage? Yes!
Experiment and make it your own! Add herbs or spices your family likes if the mood strikes! Basil, thyme, oregano or a few red pepper flakes would all give it a unique profile. I suggest you start with smallish amounts and gradually increase to taste. Experiment with combinations of herbs!
Kitchen Sink Soup
Cozy, flavorful soup with ground beef and an abundance of vegetables in a savory, hearty broth.
- 1 pound ground beef browned
- 2 Tbsp instant minced onion or equivalent fresh
- 2-3 cloves garlic pressed (can substitute garlic powder)
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups celery sliced
- 2 cups carrots sliced
- 2 cups potatoes cubed
- seasoned salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley or fresh equivalent
- 2 quarts water
- 4-5 large cubes Knorr vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon cubes
Brown, season, and break up ground beef in stock pot. Add olive oil and all vegetables. Saute until fragrant. Add water and bouillon cubes. Adjust seasonings to taste. Simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
I would LOVE to hear how you made Kitchen Sink Soup your warming winter winner!! Tell me all about it!!
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