Mom's Best Vegetable Rice Soup
This vegetable rice soup recipe is really a combination of some veggies that were in the fridge that were needing to get cooked along with some leftover rice from a meal the day before. Soups are some of the easiest meals to make for your family as you can add different combinations of ingredients and end up with a tasty pot of soup that is filled with nutrition and satisfies hunger cravings. Soup is often referred to as comfort food.
The main thing we've found to make a great tasting pot of soup is that you need to use a broth that has a flavor you love. Broth can be homemade but that requires making it ahead of time and letting the veggies, seasonings and either chicken or meat bones boil then simmer for a couple hours to bring out all the goodness and flavors. Much easier is to purchase tetra packs of broth in a variety of flavors. We suggest reading the ingredients and choosing products that have a good organic base and are not filled with artificial flavors and colors. You can also choose canned or the dehydrated blocks of soup stock that you add to the water. Any method will make for a yummy pot of soup. Sometimes you may have to try more than one brand to find the flavor that you love the best for your soup base.
Here is a tip to bring also bring out great flavor in your soup. Often soups call for onions, celery or leeks. At the start of the making the soup, using the soup pot itself, sautee the onions or leeks along with the celery in a couple tablespoonfuls of butter. Do this before you add the liquid and whatever vegetables you put in. This simple little trick adds so much flavor to the soup pot.
Keep in mind that you can always add more stock if the soup ends up too thick as it is not uncommon to start chopping up the veggies and realizing you have way more veggies in the pot than stock! That is the beauty of soup, so long as you do taste tests along the way adding seasoning if required, you should be able to make a very tasty healthy pot of soup that can be kept refrigerated for at least 3 days.
Learn MORE at Grandmother's Kitchen
To help with slow website load, we have put all photos for this article here: View photo gallery.