Roasted Red Pepper Soup

If you like tomato soup, give this one a try. Perfect for a brisk fall evening.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup~ BackToFamily.net

Ingredients:

How To Can Tomato Sauce/Soup

This is a simple way to use up excess tomatoes from your garden or local farm market.

A versatile sauce well deserving of space on your pantry shelf that’s for sure. It can be heated up with a little cream, salt and pepper for a delicious Tomato Soup. Add cooked rice for Old-Fashioned Tomato Rice Soup. It makes a great base for Vegetable Soup too. Stir in browned ground beef and Italian seasonings and you have Meat Sauce. Cook it down a little to thicken, add oregano and you have Pizza Sauce. The possibilities are endless!

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Gather Canning Equipment:

  • Boiling Bath Canner, Rack, Lid
  • Jar Lifter
  • Canning Funnel
  • Magnetic Lid Wand
  • Kitchen Timer
  • 7 Quart Jars regular mouth, lids, and bands
  • 12 Quart Stock Pot
  • 8 Quart Stock Pot
  • 1 Quart Sauce Pot
  • 4 cup glass Measuring Cup
  • Metal Strainer
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Clean Dish Cloth
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Immersion Blender
  • Bowl for discarded seeds (Chickens love them)
  • Paring Knife and Cutting Board

Gather Ingredients:

  • 5 gallon bucket full of Tomatoes (Roma, pear-shaped paste tomatoes are best)
  • 4 large Onions, sliced
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice

Gather Family and Friends:

  • Canning is not difficult but can be time consuming.
  • Always much more fun done with company (Verdie was known to stop by to help Olivia Walton now and again).
  • Passing these skills down to the next generation will enable them to provide for their families.

Directions:

  • Heat 12 Quart Stock Pot for a few minutes. Add Oil. Add Onions. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Wash and quarter the tomatoes.
  • Add quartered tomatoes, skins and all to stock pot.
  • Cover. Simmer for one hour. Stir often.
  • Meanwhile, fill Canner half full with water. Add rack and lid. Bring to a simmer.
  • Fill the 1 quart sauce pot with water and bring to a simmer. Add lids. Don’t boil!
  • Blend with immersion blender on high till smooth.
  • Remove lid from canner. Raise the rack above the water level. Place jars on rack to keep hot.
  • You can also lower rack into the canner and immerse the jars to keep  them sterilized.
  • Place metal strainer over the 8 quart stock pot.
  • Using glass measuring cup, pour the hot liquid into metal strainer.
  • Use the rubber spatula to press the tomato sauce through the strainer.
  • Discard the seeds in a bowl.
  • Remove one canning jar from canner and place on a towel.
  • Place 2 Tablespoonfuls of Lemon Juice into the canning jar.
  • Using the glass measuring cup, pour the hot tomato sauce into the jar.
  • Leave ½” headspace. (The space between the jar contents and the top of the jar.)
  • Wipe the rim clean.
  • Using the magnetic wand remove a lid from simmering water and place it on the jar.
  • Twist on a band fingertip tight only.
  • Place on the rack in the canner.
  • Continue until all 7 jars are filled and in the canner.
  • Lower the rack if you haven’t done so.
  • The water must cover the jars by 1-2 inches. Add hot water if needed.
  • Cover the canner and bring to a full boil.
  • Reduce heat to maintain a gentle rolling boil.
  • Begin the process time. Set timer for 35 minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Remove lid and raise the rack.
  • Use jar lifter, remove jars and place on a heavy kitchen towel a few inches apart.
  • Let them sit untouched for 24 hours to cool and seal.
  • Check each jar to be sure it sealed by pressing center of lid. If it “clicks” it is NOT sealed. Refrigerate it and use it within a few days. The center of the lid should not move at all.
  • Remove bands and wash jars in soapy water.
  • Label the lid with contents and year.
  • Store on shelf in a cool dark place.

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Broccoli Soup

My dear friend, Karen, dropped by for a visit last week. We enjoyed an afternoon of  “catching up”, Bible Study, and brunch. I served taco salad and this hearty soup. It hit the spot on a rainy spring day! Princess made a batch of chocolate chip cookies the night before. They ended the meal on a sweet tone.  They are so good. I’ll have to share that recipe with you later…

While I enjoyed Karen’s company,  the soup simmered. Later, I served it to my family for an evening meal. 🙂 They loved it!

Give it a try for your family. It’s very easy!

Broccoli Soup ~ BackToFamily.net

  • 20 ounce broccoli, frozen
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cups whole organic milk
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8-12 ounce Cheez Whiz
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Bring broccoli, broth, onions, and celery to boil.

Simmer 15 minutes.

Add milk, flour, butter, and Cheez Whiz.

Simmer for another 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Pumpkin Chili

Looking for an easy meal that’s also healthy?

Try this recipe we had for supper last evening.

If you’d like leftovers (chili is always better the next day!), you might double it.

We had very little left as my family loved this.

Pumpkin Chili ~BackToFamily.net

Pumpkin Chili

  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 can Pumpkin
  • 1 can Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Water
  • 2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
  • ½ tsp. Cumin
  • ½ tsp. Italian Seasonings
  • ½ tsp. Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 10-12 drops liquid Stevia (or 2 Tbsp. Sugar)

Brown beef and onions. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer an hour.

See? I told you it was easy.

AND it’s made with items I always keep in my pantry and freezer.

Very convenient for a last minute meal.

Full disclosure: I needed a quick meal and did not simmer for an hour but maybe 15 minutes.

P.S. You don’t need to tell your family it has pumpkin and stevia in it. They won’t be able to tell! 😉

Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

 

Last night, after a busy day I needed a quick supper.

I pulled out a new-to-her cookbook Princess picked up at a charity second hand sale.

I found this recipe and added a few special touches.

Everyone loved it. It is supposed to serve 16. Our family of five did not leave much in the way of leftovers. 🙂

Give it a try! 
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