Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5th Recipe: La Jolla Groves Inspired

This recipe reminds me of my childhood. La Jolla Groves food is comfort food with a new kick– especially their soups so I feel like this recipe is perfect. I also took a cooking class from the chef at La Jolla Groves and he gave some great tips on how to cook soup. 

The recipe I am going to share with you is my mom's vegetable soup. My mom has made this my whole life and it was the first thing I cooked myself when I left for college. We call it vegetable soup but we do add some beef in it. You can have it either way! 

This recipe will serve 6-8 people and trust me, you will want the leftovers!

For the recipe you will need: 

1/2 -3/4 lb round steak
1 Tblsp oil
1 Onion
2 big potatoes
several carrots 
1 zucchini
1 can of corn
1-2 beef bullion
1 qt bottle of V-8 Juice

You can take out the vegetables you don't like and you can add more vegetables if you like!

First you heat up the pan then add oil and saute your onions. 

After the onions start to brown add the meat and brown that. Add salt and pepper to season.

Then add the cut up vegetables. A tip I learned from the cooking class was to fully cook all the vegetables before adding the liquid. It is called sweating the vegetables and it gets rid of the raw flavor.

Once the vegetables are cooked add the V-8 juice then add 2 cups of water to cover the vegetables. Then add one or more beef bullion cubes. ( Taste and see if you need more than one)

 Let simmer a little longer then it is ready to serve!

A good side with this soup are some nice warm rolls. This soup is perfect for a cold winter day and I love how colorful it is. This is one of my favorite soups and I love how well all the vegetables blend together and how hearty it is. It is a super easy recipe and it is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables.