My Husband’s Easy Potato, Ham and Vegetable Soup with Mini Farfalle

Have I ever told you that my husband makes the best soups. Yum, Now I’m Hungry !

Ingredients, (try to use organics whenever you can)

  • 2 cups, Organic Chicken Stock
  • 4 cups, Organic Potato Leek Soup
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon find ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher coarse salt
  • 1 cup chopped ham, (uncured nitrite and nitrate free)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped baby carrots
  • 1 small yellow squash, (6 inch)
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped leak, (not of the base or the leaves, only the white part between)
  • 2 medium peeled russet potatoes, (diced on average 1 inch squared)
  • 1 cup mini farfalle pasta

Directions

Put the liquids in a cooking pot, (2 cups, Organic Chicken Stock) and (4 cups, Organic Potato Leek Soup) in a 6 quart, (minimum), cooking pot.

You don’t have to use either of these brands, but these are what my husband uses, (If you want to achieve the wonderful flavors that my husband did). You don’t have to buy anything organic, this is what we prefer. If we can’t find something at the grocery store, we usually find what we want online through Amazon.

I love this GreenLife brand, Soft Grip Diamond Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 6 QT Stock Pot with Strainer Lid.

This stock pot is dishwasher safe according to the manufacturer, (but I do wash it by hand).

Once the liquids are in, turn the heat on low under the cooking pot.

Add the seasoning, (½ teaspoon Italian seasoning) and (¼ teaspoon find ground pepper).

You may already have Italian seasoning at home. We like this brand, and it’s organic.

Add 1 tablespoon kosher coarse salt.

You don’t have to use kosher salt, but you will need to use coarse ground salt, to come close to the same taste.

Add the meat, 1 cup diced ham, (Uncured Fully Cooked, Nitrite and Nitrate Free, No MSG, No Artificial Ingredients & Made with Organic Honey).

As with other food items recommended here, you don’t have to use this brand of ham. Try and find one that is uncured, fully cooked, has no nitrites or nitrates added, has no MSG or artificial ingredients, is minimally processed and is made with organic honey. If you can’t find these exactly, do the best you can to get something close to this.

We found this Royal brand bamboo cutting board on Amazon, as part of a set of 3, (one small one medium and one large size).

You may not know this, but bamboo is a hard wood. Bamboo is not a tree, but a grass. Even though it is a grass, it is harder than oak. Bamboo will grow to maturity, ready for harvest, in 3 to 5 years. Oak matures in 20 to 30 years. It makes more sense to harvest bamboo than oak for the sake of cutting boards. The next time you want to buy yourself a nice set of cutting boards, save a tree and purchase bamboo cutting boards.

Always scrape cut foods from a chopping block with the blade up, (be very careful to avoid injury, as the blade is sharp). Scraping with the blade up reduces damage to your cutting board and helps to keep your knife sharper longer.

Add 1 cup, cut baby carrots.

Cut Baby Carrots

Add 1 cup shredded or julienned carrots. These are organic julienned carrots. You can cut up a carrot yourself, but this is so much easier.

When you are done cutting food, make sure to wash the cutting board with hot soapy water, then stand it to dry. Periodically, it is good to treat the surface of the wood with food grade mineral oil.

Add 1 small yellow squash, (6 inch), diced on average, 1 inch square.

Grown in my own garden

Add ½ cup chopped celery.

Fresh celery right out of my garden. Did you know, if you grow celery, you can cut a stock or 2, right off the plant, and the plant will still keep growing. This way, as long as the plant keeps growing, you can get more fresh celery, another day.

½ cup chopped leak, (not of the base or the leaves, only the white part between).

Add the potatoes, 2 medium peeled russet potatoes, (diced on average 1 inch squared).

Heat on low for an hour and ½.

1 cup of farfalle pasta is added to the soup, 20 minutes before the soup is to be served.

These are good brands. We try to use organic products whenever possible, but we can’t always find them and some I don’t like the consistency of, once it’s cooked. Frankly, I really like the consistency of Barilla brand mini farfalle.

Serve hot.

The salt and pepper shakers were handed down to me from my mom.
The flatware is Oneida. The pattern is called Copeland. It is nickel free (identified as 18/0).
The plate and bowl are from my 222 Fifth, pattern Christmas Lane Red, Dinnerware.
There are 8 items in this picture, sitting on the table cloth and placemat. 2 of them, I found while treasure hunting. Ask me about treasure hunting some day.

Making Your Place Settings Shine

Flatware

I’m allergic to nickel. Did you know, as of the time of this writing, up to 17% of women are allergic to nickel and 3% of men are too. Most flatware found for sale has nickel in it.

The Copeland pattern is nickel free and is still available through Onida.com. I found a similar pattern on Amazon, also by Oneida. The pattern is called Reyna. It too is 100% nickel free, identified as 18/0, (18% chromium 0% nickel).

If you like this pattern, but aren’t able to find it, in the link above you may see other patterns you like. Just make sure you select a pattern that says it is 18/0 if you want nickel free flatware.

Dishware

The plate you put your food on, can set the mood for the meal. I have several dishware sets. I use different patterns to serve up a meal (depending on how I want to dress up my table). At this time, I do not find my 222 Fifth Christmas Lane pattern available.

I hope you are able to find the right look for your table.

I did find the following 222 Fifth brand patterns still available for purchase. Just click any link or picture to go to Amazon for a better look at these beautiful dish sets.

Blue Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (squared plates)

Turquoise Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (squared plates)

Yellow Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (squared plates)

Black Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (round plates)

Dark Blue Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (round plates)

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