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Mother's Vegetable Soup Recipe

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This recipe for Mother's Vegetable Soup, by , is from Godwin Family Reunion Cookbook 2007, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Darrell R. Word


(1) ground black pepper (3 tsp.)
(2) Mrs. Dash (1 tsp.)
(3) salt (1-1/4 tsp.)
(4) garlic (4 cloves -- chopped.)
(5) chicken broth (1 ea. 16 oz. can.)
(6) chicken bouillon cubes (10 ea. Wyler's.)
(7) carrots (6 ea. large -- sliced.)
(8) bell peppers (2 ea. -- chopped.)
(9) onions (3 to 4 medium -- chopped.)
(10) celery (6 - 7 ribs -- chopped to 1/2 in chunks.)
(11) Irish potatoes (5 medium -- diced 1/2 - 3/4 in.)
(12) cut okra (2 lb. frozen.)
(13) black-eyed peas ( 2 ea. 16 oz. cans Bush.)
(14) large butter beans ( 2 ea. 16 oz. cans Bush.)
(15) green beans (2 ea. 16 oz. cans.)
(16) corn (1 lb. frozen.)
(17) English peas ( 1 ea. 16 oz. can.)
(18) chicken rib meat (1 ea. 12 oz. pkg. HEB fajita meat -- fully cooked -- cut to 3/4 inch pcs.)
(19) noodles (3 c. large elbow or shell.)
(20) tomatoes (1 ea. 28 oz. can -- diced -- Hunt's.)

Put ingredients (1) through (10) into a 2 to 2.5 gallon pot and add 2 qt. of fresh water. Stir and bring to a light boil for about 20 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients, except for item (19) -- noodles -- stir and bring to a light boil for about 45 minutes (stirring frequently to avoid any bottom sticking). Check to see that potatoes, carrots, and okra are all tender. Then add the noodles, item (19) and let simmer another 20 to 30 minutes until noodles are soft.

Note: Many of the vegetables used here are already cooked. Of course, fresh vegetables are always better when you have them; but cooking time and appropriate salting, and other preparation must be allowed for in such cases. Note also, that canned vegetables are all added with all of the included liquid in the can; and use of fresh vegetables can require some additional water.

End of directions.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
about 20.
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
about 2 hours.
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This kind of soup was, with no doubt, one of my most favored meals at home when I was growing up. When I knew Mother was making soup, I looked forward to it and enjoyed every aspect, from the wonderful smells to the warm, spicy, delightful taste that could brighten the foggiest days. Mother never wrote down a recipe for her soup (as far as I know); and she sometimes made it from whatever she had to work with. But it always included the certain ingredients that were critical to the tastes that made it special for me. I have tried to include those herein.

One can of course vary the types of beans and meat and can add various other mild vegetables. In addition to serving in a soup bowl, with crackers or other foods, it is also delightful served over fresh cornbread that has been sliced and opened hot. Here's hoping you enjoy this kind of soup as much as I do.





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