This recipe originated with the master chef of our family—my father-in-law. It freezes so well that frequently I'll cook up a double batch of soup.
My husband, our two sons (14 and 12) and I live on 70 acres outside of town. I enjoy crafts. But I'm every bit as happy plowing fields or baling hay!
My family loves to come to the table for hot homemade biscuits and a bowl of this flavorful filling soup. They rave over how good it tastes. A friend shared the recipe with me.
-Brenda Wood, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
This is a hearty soup widely served here, especially at the many restaurants specializing in Basque cuisine. It's a nice way to use the abundant vegetables that are available this time of year. Give it a try this harvest season.
I'VE ENJOYED this soup for years because it tastes good, is simple to make and doesn't leave a lot of leftovers.
When there's a chill in the air, a steaming bowl of this savory soup is welcome.
-Mavis Diment, Marcus, Iowa
This is one of my "tried-and-true" recipes that I always make after Thanksgiving when the turkey leftovers are just about used up. The carcass makes a wonderful broth, and it's amazing how much more meat is made available after boiling those bones!
This nutritious soup never gets boring, because the vegetables can vary depending on what's in season or on hand. In Dad's case, he was too young to help his older brothers in the fields, so he'd dig the vegetables of his choice out of the garden and help his mom prepare the soup. The dumplings are optional.
During the Depression, the backyard garden was the source for most of our food. I can remember picking fresh vegetables and then enjoying the mouthwatering aroma as this soup simmered for hours. We children could hardly wait for our dinner of soup, hot rolls and apple pie!—Dorothy Miller, Royersford, Pennsylvania
This chili is wonderfully flavorful with many different vegetables and meats. It is perfect to make sure your kids get their servings of vegetables. They will think it is so delicious and not know it is good for them.—Ed Horkey, Ahwatukee, Arizona