Tomato-Vegetable Soup

Comfort food: in times of need sometimes you need a friend to make you a cup of soup, or a loaf of bread, or a bowl of spaghetti. Food can comfort but it is not always enough. For so many people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, a blog post about a comforting food is just not enough to help right now. So the food blogger community is wanting and ready to do more. 

Barb at Creative Culinary and Jenn of Jenn Cuisine have organized and inspired a group of food bloggers who wish we could do more to help those in need. We come together as a virtual group with intentions to help. Here are some ways you can reach out to those in the most need.

  • American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations for storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.
Here is a vegetable soup that I would share with someone who might need the comfort of a warm bowl of soup. 
1 small onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 green zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 TB salt
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 TB tomato paste
a few springs of fresh thyme
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups pasta, uncooked (I used mini Farfalle)
While you could saute the onions first then add the other ingredients, I tend to throw everything (except the pasta) into a large saucepan or dutch oven and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add the pasta for the final 8-10 minutes and serve. If the pasta soaks up too much liquid, add more chicken stock or water if necessary.

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