Chunky Hunky Man Soup

Does your hunky man hate soup? If so, I have created the perfect recipe that will make you both happy! To me, a fresh soup every week is the best part of winter, and it is even better if you can share it with others. I even eat soup for breakfast these days as an alternative to my old favorite oatmeal. Some of the soup haters out there think that it doesn't count as a real meal and is too watery, so I created this recipe that is chunky, full of flavor, and guaranteed to please your biggest critics. 

I made this soup on New Years Day for my own special hunk and our friends. It was the perfect mix of sweet and savory, and it was a wonderful way to start out 2013!

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 1 large leek, chopped (whites & greens)
  • 2+ Tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch of celery, chopped
  • 5-7 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 12 mushrooms, chopped
  • 6 parsnips, peeled & chopped
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cups of chopped steak (I used leftovers from a garlic roasted bottom round roast)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh, organic rosemary
  • 2 quarts of organic chicken (or beef) broth/stock (no sugar or preservatives added)
  • pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. CHOP EVERYTHING! (I've warned you about this before.. it takes a while but is totally worth it!)
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat
  3. Add onions, leek, and garlic and saute for about 10 minutes until soft
  4. Add all other veggies and cook for another 10 minutes
  5. Add steak, rosemary, and broth and bring to a boil
  6. Cover pot, turn heat to low, and cook for 45-60 minutes until everything is soft
  7. Eat this soup with your hunky man - mine likes his grains, so I threw some farro in there for a little extra chunk