Making Veggie Soup with Real Milwaukee

Sep 27, 2023

Harvest time is here and Sarah Rushford from Ebenezers Child Care Centers recently went on Real Milwaukee to talk about how  your family can harvest their garden vegetables or go to a farmer’s market to purchase veggies and then make soup together.

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To prepare for making soup — start by reading some books about making soup: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Calling all budding gardeners! What would you like to grow today? Is it green beans, or peas? Corn or carrots?

There’s so much to learn in Lois Ehlert’s colorful picture book about growing vegetables. First we collect the necessary tools, and don’t forget the seeds. Then the magic happens: planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, chopping, cooking, and best of all—eating! There’s even a recipe for vegetable soup!

Ehlert’s simple cut-paper-style illustrations are perfect for even the tiniest growers. A wonderful introduction to gardening from a master storyteller.

Soup Day: A Board Book
On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together―step by step―to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy’s home and the family sits down to enjoy a home made dinner.

Veggie Soup by Dorothy Donohue
Fans of Stone Soup will want to join in when Miss Bun sets out to make her first vegetable soup. The pot gets filled with all sorts of odd ingredients as Bird, Cat, Toad, and Cow add their own favorite foods. But worms, fish, bugs, and straw make for a soup a bit too unusual for good eating, so Miss Bun starts again, this time creating enough vegetable soup to share with the local soup kitchen. The author’s own cut-paper collage illustrations enhance the playfulness of the story. This description may be from another edition of this product.

Stone Soup by Ann Mcgovern
A clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast “fit for a king.”

Toddler Eats: Alphabet Vegetable Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 russet potato, diced
1 sweet potato, diced
1 cup cauliflower florets, cut into small pieces
2 quarts (8 cups) chicken or vegetable broth
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes, not drained

2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup alphabet pasta (or other small shape)
1 cup frozen green peas
1 cup frozen sweet corn or sweet corn cut from the cob

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat. Ad the onion, carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower, and cook about 5 minutes, stirring a few times during that time. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the soup, and cook 20 minutes. Stir in the pasta and cook 5 more minutes. Stir in peas and corn and cook about 5 more minutes, until peas and corn are thoroughly heated.

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