Without a recipe (how hard could it be to make vegetable soup), I proceeded to try and make my grandmother's vegetable soup. She's not around to ask for help anymore, so I just did the best I could. Bought string beans, carrots, onions, lima beans, san marzano tomatoes, corn, peas, cabbage, and used two large chickens (to make the broth, not to use the meat.)
Simmered the chickens in water to cover, midway chopped them up a bit to get more of the flavor out, then strained the broth and defatted it. Sauteed one huge onion till translucent, added the veggies to the broth to cook, in order of how long they needed to cook to be soft. Added some salt and pepper to taste. UGH. No flavor. I never get enough chicken flavor for the broth, but thought with TWO chickens it would work out.
Should I just buy canned chicken broth? Use boullion cubes :( which I really don't want to use. I will never make vegetable soup again unless I figure this out first. Maybe I should have roasted the bones first? Help.
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