Thursday I made a big pot of lentil/beef soup. Right before it was done, I decided to add some rosemary. Vince really likes rosemary so I went outside and cut three fairly small pieces, came in and washed them, then dropped the whole springs into the soup so I could take them out after a few minutes.
They really weren’t in the soup long. You can see the pot was full and had already boiled over on the stove. Ugh! I hate a messy stove.
I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or what but that rosemary was the strongest rosemary I’ve ever used. It was very overpowering and really, almost all we could taste was rosemary.
Yesterday I decided I was going to save the soup. I added two cans of green beans, a bunch of mustard greens, a can of cannellini beans, two chopped sweet potatoes, another 28 oz. can of tomatoes and more oregano.
There was still a strong rosemary taste but it wasn’t terribly overpowering. When I asked Vince how he liked it, he said “I must like it . . I’m on my second bowl.”
The soup was saved but I took half of the soup out Thursday and froze it . . before I knew the rosemary was so strong. We ate part of what was left and then when I added everything back to the soup today, the pot was overflowing again. Vince said we could just keep adding ingredients every day and have a never ending pot of soup. I’m happy with the way the soup tastes now but I have to do something with the other half I froze. I’ll do the same thing – add beans, greens, sweet potato or plain potato – whatever I have at the time I defrost it.
One thing for sure – we got a ton of soup out of that one pound of lentils and one pound of ground beef.