My dear friend Tony was moving back east and I headed over to his place to send him off and say my farewells. Tony is a misplaced Massachusetts man who decided he had had enough of the left coast. Well, yes there is more to the story, but for this blog we will suffice it to say, it was time to go find his dream job in his dream town.
Tony was packing and getting ready for a long drive cross country. While he was finishing off the move-out-throw-out process, discovered he hated the case of V8 he had just purchased. Yes, an entire case. That’s Costco for ya. I hadn’t even had a V8 in probably 10 years. Wanting to help out in any way I could said “I’ll take it” and ended up with that case, minus one can. Hmmmmm. I was quickly reminded, but not until I took it home and off his hands, how much I dislike the taste too! Yeah I know it’s suppose to be good for you but so is a lot of other things and …………
Once I unpacked this case wondered if there was some way I could redeem this humble can of veggies. Soup! It’s soup. Yes, that was the only way I could think of redeeming this versus pouring it down the drain. I might have dropped it off at a food shelter if I knew where one was. Come to think of it, I should find out where one is!! But I digress.
Six cans of V8 later, not to mention a whole slew of other lovely tasting ingredients, I am happy to report a new soup to add to my soup log book. You can obviously add whatever veggies or meats you want. Heck it could be sauce for your lasagna or pasta, but I was going to keep warm with a bowl of soup.
1 chopped onion
3 Cloves Garlic
6 Cans of V8
1 1/2 cup of Peas
1 1/2 cup of Corn
2 cup diced celery
1 cup white wine
3 T of olive oil
5 T chopped Italian parsley
Saute onion in the olive oil. Add 3 cloves of garlic when your onions are almost transparent. Add any dried spices you wish to incorporate here. I usually will add some Italian seasonings if I don’t have enough fresh herbs. Next add your celery, carrots, wine, and simmer low for 20 minutes. After that time add the peas, corn, and any other of your quicker cooking vegetables. Easy breezy. Make sure you serve with warm bread.
My great friend Tracy told me that her husband drinks beer with a healthy shot of V8. Hmm. Interesting. So, there are many ways to get those veggies into our stomachs!
And I am happy to report that Tony made it safely to Massachusetts in something like 3 1/2 days. Impressive. But if you have ever driven cross country with animals in your car……it is so not fun getting them into a hotel at night. So kudos and may there be a dream teaching job without any V8 in the cafeteria for Tony.
My mini apron was splashed with some V8, but what’s an apron without any stories. Bigger the stain, better the story.