Clean Out the Frig Soup with my Vitamix

October, 2013, Soup made from cleaning out the frig
Easy Vitamix Veg GF non-dairy soup!

Today I am making Clean Out the Frig Soup. It has been a specialty of mine since the first few months I was married, which was over twenty years ago.

I have since figured out here are certain base ingredients needed: water and veggies in your house. You should also have a larger pot like a stock pot or Dutch oven and I like to use the cast iron pan I got at a garage sale for $1 because everything cooks so well in it, it is easy to clean and it does add iron to the food. Plus, it reminds me of what a bargain it was and makes my heart happy that I have given it a home where it is used!

While you can blend things with a stick blender, I am having a love affair with my Vitamix and we’ve been together for over a year, so this isn’t the honeymoon phase anymore. If you don’t have one, sell stuff to get the money to acquire one. It is life-altering and it is my favorite appliance in the house save…the washing machine.

 

 

Want to make the soup? I will show pictures along the way since I never measure.

Start with:

water

 

potatoes

and a stock pot

I cut them into even slices so they will cook at the same rate. While the potatoes are trying to boil, cut up an onion and sauté it in the cast iron pan. I use olive oil. How much? Check the photo.

Adding in the onion, I let it cook for a bit while I go looking for something green.

I looked in the frig and found kale today,

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so I added kale in with the onions

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Don’t be afraid of salt, I say.

 

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I mean, if your doctor has advised you against it, don’t add as much salt, but it helps bring he liquid out of the kale and adds flavor.

 

I kept stirring the onions and kale with olive oil until they were limp and carmelizing. I turned them down to low.

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and kept stirring while I checked the frig again.

 

Finding a head of cabbage that looked quite awful, I cut it up and peeled some layers

off to find almost half was just fine. I cut it up and added it to the potatoes knowing I was blending it, so the sizes didn’t really matter.

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Bay leaves are a must in my soups. These are a little older, so I add five. Make sure you count them so you can fish them out later.

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While the potatoes and cabbage are bubbling,

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I see the onion and kale are done so I turn off that burner.

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when the cabbage and potatoes are cooked,

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I fish the veggies out of the water

which is now a vegetable stock (or at least the beginnings of one!)

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and I KEEP the stock water!

I also find all the Bay Leaves! And count them to make sure they are all out of the soup.

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I put enough stock water in with the veggies to help it all blend smoothly.

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Starting on 1 and increasing to 10, I blend it up in my Vitamix. It gets a little thick, so I add more stock and blend again, stirring it down with the nifty tamper.

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then I pour it into a clean pan

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and head to the stove to blend up the onions and kale.

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I put a couple ladles of the stock water into the cast iron pan

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and heat it up to get all the yumminess from the carmelization into the soup.

Adding that to the Vitamix,

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I blend up the onion-kale mix.

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After adding that to the soup,

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my blender is coated with great stuff, so I add a couple ladles of stock water to the blender and

blend again

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…it practically comes clean!

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now….for seasonings.

I don’t need to add much with all these flavorful veggies, so some of my Himalayan salt from Savory….

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And dill! I LOVE dill – especially in any potato based soups.

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Time to taste…I think it is soup!

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now, there is still some hot water left and I will keep that to cook with later today or tomorrow.

or…maybe the dog would like a little. Hmm…

Sitting down to enjoy my soup, I do deem it delicious and then I decide to add some pepper flakes, just because they go with the bowl and I like a little heat in my food.

Yumlish!

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. vickiwwjd@yahoo.com says:

    Did you know if you put a jallepeno in when you cook cabbage your house won’t have that cabbage smell and for some reason it won’t taste hot!

    Believe it or not it works!

    Vicki Lang

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. lifeisnoyoke says:

    Clean out the fridge soup! Love it. Any excuse to use the Vitamix, right? I should add it to my list: http://lifeisnoyoke.com/26-signs-you-are-a-vitamix-owner/

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