Because no single way of eating works for everybody.
You want vegetable soup? You want near-instantaneous vegetable soup? Get your hands off that can opener. You don’t need no stinkin’ cans.
I have no idea where the recipe for this soup originally came from. It doesn’t look precisely like the photo above, but it’s similar. It’s delicious, it’s healthful, it’s all the things a good vegetable soup should be. But the really cool thing about this soup is that it’s concentrated. You make it, freeze it, and then whenever you want an amazing, fresh-tasting vegetable soup, you get out a container, put it into a pot, and add an equal amount of water. Warm it up on the stove or in the microwave, and there it is in all its glory.
This is additive-free, preservative-free, homemade convenience food. It’s canned soup, without the can. Or the canned flavour. Or the Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining of the can that gets into your food and damages your health. Campbell’s is removing BPA from their canned soup tins, and that’s good… but their vegetable soup doesn’t taste anything like homemade.
This does. This is better. Make this instead.
Nearly-Instantaneous Vegetable Soup
(NOTE: if you don’t care for lima beans, substitute something else, such as kidney beans, peas, etc. You can also vary the content of peppers and onions. This recipe makes about 10 litres/ 10 quarts of soup, but can easily be halved to make less.)
6-quart basket fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
4 cups carrots, sliced or chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 or 2 large red peppers, chopped
1 or 2 large onions, chopped
1/2 cup barley
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
2 cups lima beans (thaw if you’re using frozen ones)
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup sugar or sweetening of choice (or less if desired)
1/2 cup butter
Simplicity itself! Cook tomatoes, barley, and vegetables separately. Then combine together with remaining ingredients. Bring the whole lot to a boil, simmer for 1/2 hour, then put into smaller containers and freeze. When you want soup, dilute with an equal quantity of water. Enjoy.