Vanessa, also known as Chefdruck, is a foodie, writer and mom living in Chicago with her husband and four children. Whether you're planning a holiday dinner party or small impromptu get together with friends, Vanessa has easy menu ideas and helpful tips to minimize your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Vanessa's personal blog can be found at chefdruck.com
During those long winter months when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing, I have a secret weapon in my fridge at all times to keep my family going. It's nothing covert or high tech. It's actually rather old school. My secret weapon is a big vat of roasted vegetable soup. There's nothing like a warm bowl of soup with nutrients and vitamins on a cold winter day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 2 hours • Level: Medium
I make a new batch every Sunday. I vary it from week to week depending on which vegetables look good at the supermarket. I like to roast the vegetables to bring out the flavors. I'll also always throw in something sweet like apples, pears or sweet potatoes to please my littlest customers. I add no cream and very little fat, and it always seems magical to me how creamy and filling the soup tastes.
Most weekdays, soup is on the menu for lunch. My husband packs it in a thermos to bring to work while my 3 year old and I enjoy it at home. My elementary school aged kids are the only holdouts; they think soup at school is just embarrassing. My three year old loves vegetable soup so much that she sometimes requests it for dinner too and insists on referring to any flavor as "pum'kin soup." I love to see her with a big orange mustache.
To jazz things up a bit for myself, I like to serve my bowl of soup with some Club Crackers topped with a blue cheese spread. I love how the tanginess of the blue cheese sets off the creaminess of the soup. I always leave the table thoroughly satisfied, ready to make snowmen, go sledding or have a snowball fight.
Blue Cheese Spread
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