Last Wednesday was my day off from work. It was dark, rainy and just plain dreary. What better day for soup and corn bread. My car was in the shop for an oil change that day, so I had my husband's car. I drove him to work early in the morning, but didn't leave the house for the rest of the day.
Later in the day, he called for a ride home. I said we're having soup and corn bread for dinner!! Soup? he asked. When I walked out the door to go get him, it was literally like walking into a wall of humidity. It was so hot and sticky, I couldn't believe it...LOL I cranked up the a/c in the house and went to get him. Gray and rainy outside and cool inside, so it worked for me!!
Here are 2 easy recipes for when it's cool and crisp in your part of the world...or hot and you still want to eat soup.
Pantry Soup and Easy Corn Bread...
Easy Corn Bread Recipe...
You have 2 choices for the easy corn bread recipe.
My mom was famous for her Jiffy Mix recipes, so these bring back lots of memories for me!!
First recipe is one small box of Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix "AND" one small box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. That's one cake and one corn.
Mix both boxes together and all the ingredients that are called for on both boxes. Mix and pour into 8"x8" or 9"x9" greased pan. Baked at the time and temp called for on the box. May take a little longer because there is extra batter. Just bake until golden brown and tooth pick comes out clean.
Second option...one "Large" Yellow Cake Mix (any brand) and 2 small Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.
Mix together all boxes and ALL the ingredients called for on each box. Pour batter into 13"x9" greased pan. Bake at 350*. I made this large batch and I think I baked it for about 4o minutes or so. Definitely use a tooth pick in the center, because it's gets high in the middle.
It was yummy...here's that crooked edge that needed to be cleaned up, remember...LOL Click HERE if you have no idea what I'm talking about!!
Now onto the soup.
Pantry Soup Recipe...
What is pantry soup, you ask? Well, for me, it's anything I have in my pantry. Maybe I should call it Lazy Soup, because I didn't feel like going out to the store to buy ingredients for chicken soup!!
Here are the ingredients I used. You can definitely mix it up for what you have in "your" pantry and refrigerator!!
I browned one pound of ground beef in a stock pot.
Drain some of the fat.
Add one chopped onion, 2 stalks chopped celery and one finely chopped carrot. Cook til tender.
one jar of prepared spaghetti sauce
one box OR 2 cans beef stock
one can drained corn
one can drained black beans
1/2 cup (measured dry) of your favorite small pasta. I used the little stars. You can cooked them separately, so they don't soak up all your broth.
Simmer until warmed through. Great for crock pot too!!
I couldn't resist adding a little dollop of sour cream to mine! It was delicious.
Here's to cooler days ahead and lots of yummy soup recipes.