soup for a snowy day

Everyone was wondering about a White Christmas.  I am over six decades old and I can remember only handful of Christmases here in New Jersey when there was snow.  Ah.  But January and February and even March.  Snow.  And lots of it.  Yesterday (two weeks after Christmas) was our first snow event.  Just a little.  But enough to crave a pot of soup!

This soup is easy and filling.  So easy you can put it in the crockpot in the morning and go out and play in the snow with your kids, do some craft projects, and watch a movie…and then have a bowl of delicious chill chasing soup to end your day.

This soup is one of my daughter’s recipes that I tweaked just a very little so that husband would like it.  And he did!

2 (15 ounce) cans of small white beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups of thinly sliced green cabbage (if cabbage is hard to find, or if you don’t like slicing cabbage try using one or two bags of cole slaw from the bagged lettuce area…just the cabbage and carrots…no dressing)
2 large carrots, diced or thinly sliced
2 stalks of celery, diced or thinly sliced
1 clove of garlic (drop in for flavor and then take out before serving)
32 ounces (4 cups) of your favorite chicken or vegetable broth
1 can of stewed tomatoes, mashed and undrained
salt & pepper to taste.

You can puree one can of beans and the can of stewed tomatoes in your blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender…if you would like to…not necessary.  Combine all ingredients in a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker and cook 4 to 6 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.  I chose to make my soup on top of the stove.  Works out just as well.


We served this with open faced cheese toasties….

four to eight slices of bread (depends on the size of your crowd and the size of their appetites)
4 to 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese (grate on the small holes)
enough mayonnaise to make a paste
bread cut into 1 inch squares
(you can add chopped ham or bacon to the cheese mixture)

Spread a generous amount of the cheese spread on each bread square and put on a baking tray  Put the tray in a preheated 350 degree (F) oven until cheese melts and is slightly bubbly.

Easy, warm, delicious.  Perfect for a snowy day.

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