Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crock Pot Chunky Artichoke Soup

This soup taste great, but it's a little involved to make, like I had 3 pots on 3 burners on the stove at once.  If I would have had 2 more arms and hands I would have been able to take pictures, but since I don't I only got a picture of the finished product.  I can, however, talk you through how I made this rich and creamy soup loaded with vegetables to make you feel healthy and it's great to put in the crock pot and come home to on a cold winter day.

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground hamburger, 1stick of unsalted butter (divided), 1/2 cup chopped carrots, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup chicken broth, 2 (8.5 oz) cans of quartered artichoke hearts,slightly chopped, 1/3 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1 T. onion flakes, 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp. dried thyme,1/4 tsp. dried oregano, 1/4 tsp. sage, 1 cup whipping cream.

Directions: Brown ground hamburger in a skillet over medium heat until brown.  In another heavy skilled melt 2 T. of butter over medium heat.  Add carrots, celery and mushrooms and saute until the vegetables are soft.  In a sauce pan, over low heat, melt remaining butter and add flour.  Create your rue by stilling constantly for 5 minutes.    

Place the vegetables in the slow-cooker.  Add broth, artichoke hearts (with juice) salt, pepper, onion flakes, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano and sage.  Add the meat and the rue and stir through.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 2.5 hours.

Beat cream in a small bowl until frothy.  Blend into the soup just before serving; then serve immediately.

This post was linked to: Melt in your Mouth Monday on Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Hunk of Meat Monday on Beyer Beware, 2 Maids a Baking on 2 Maids a Milking, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Hearth N' Soul, Made from Scratch Tuesday on From Mess Hall to Bistro, It's a Blog Party33 Shades of Green, Trick or Treat Tuesday with Inside BruCrew Life,  and NapTime Creations Tasty Tuesday Party and SoupaPalooza. 
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April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your soup sounds lovely, and I like that it can be made in the crockpot. It certainly has got lots of lovely vegetables in it and I just love artichokes. The spices you have used sound great too.

Jocelyn said...

This sounds like a great soup. I love that is uses a crockpot. I am all about throwing dinner into it in the morning and having it ready for later:-) Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!