I know that a good bowl of soup MAKES my night, most nights, in the Fall. A good, hearty soup and some snuggling can make any night whole.
On that note, you already know I LOVE my crockpot, and so, I threw a few things in and hoped for the best! According to my husband, I made the best… and a lot of it! This soup will be great for families with more than three mouths to feed, as well as for freezing or lunches the next day!
I used a large hunk of “grilling” steak that I had taken out of the freezer 2 days prior (which, because I did not place it in a plastic bag, leaked all over the meat drawer- EW!). I had a lot of these condiments in my fridge, and it was great to just go grab some fresh veggies, clean and slice and BAM!; dinner!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED… remember I threw all of these things in together- feel free to add and subtract according to your tastes:
2T olive oil
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
6 celery stalks, chopped
1 small bundle of chives, chopped
8oz sliced mushrooms
1 med potato, cubed
1 large purple turnip, cubed
4oz A1 sauce
4T Sriracha Sauce
16oz beef broth
6oz cold water
sea salt and pepper to taste
I put the oil in the bottom of the crockpot, then the steak, followed by S&P. The rest of the ingredients were a free-for-all into the large bowl.
I placed the timer at 8hours on low heat and did not check in on it until there was an hour left. I pulled the steak out and shredded it with 2 forks, before putting it back in the bowl to infuse it with all of the flavors. I paired the soup with a 2011 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon, which was beautiful with the beef and just warming enough to snuggle in and watch some American Horror Story… and on sale!
As with any other parent, having time for myself is difficult, and I find that Addie being my first baby, I do not want to be without her. It is nice to have a fulfilling dinner with my hubby while my beautiful baby girl sleeps next to us. It’s amazing what some warm soup and a good wine pairing can do to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Here is to good Fall foods!