Garden Dump Soup ~ Plus a Wild-Caught Chinook Salmon!

11 Sep
Garden Dump Soup

Garden Dump Soup

Our kindly neighbor in back gifted us with two giant zucchinis and a large summer squash just before we left on our trip to the coast last weekend. I packed the largest zucchini and my mandoline and made a huge pan of Zucchini Lasagna in our RV’s convection oven, so that made use of one.

A couple days after we got back, I discovered the other zucchini and squash in the vegetable bin plus a half bag of baby spinach. AND our tomatoes had gone gangbusters while we were gone!

Garden Fresh Veggies

Garden Fresh Veggies

Soup was the only thing that came to mind where I could use that many veggies at once, so scoured our freezer for a bit of protein to go with it. I found a 1/2 pound of ground turkey, and about a 1/4 pound of homemade ground hot Italian sausage, which I figured needed using up anyways. Last, I grabbed a quart of homemade beef stock out of the freezer, as I had 6 quarts of that and only 2 quarts of chicken broth.

Basically I chopped it all up, sauteed the veggies and meats, then threw the rest of it in a stock-pot with some seasonings and spicy oregano from gardening and voila! Garden Dump Soup. Maybe I should have called it Garden and Freezer Dump Soup? Also at the very end I tossed in a cup of elbow macaroni to thicken it up a bit. Either way, this wowed the hubs, who went back for second and thirds, and he kept asking me what I was going to call it for my blog. I finally came up with this name.

What’s good about a soup like this is you can use anyΒ  vegetables you have on hand, your preference of broth, and any kind of ground meat and pasta. So versatile! If you don’t end up using any ground hot Italian sausage I would recommend adding a 1/2 teaspoon or so of dried Italian seasoning and perhaps a pinch of red chile pepper flakes. But that’s just me.

Even better, the next day I made myself a hearty breakfast (it was workout day) by plopping a farm-fresh egg into it and simmered it to perfection. Yay!

Perfectly Poached Egg in Soup

Perfectly Poached Egg in Soup

Garden Dump Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 extra-large zucchini (about 3 cups chopped)
1 large summer squash (about 2 cups chopped)
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
3/4 to 1 pound low-fat ground meat or combination of meats
Ground black pepper and Mrs. Dash or salt, to taste
4 cups broth or stock of choice, preferably homemade or low sodium
4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (or canned)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
4 ounces fresh spinach, chopped (about 4 cups loosely packed)
1 cup dry elbow macaroni
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional for garnish

Chop and mince up everything to prep. Add the oil to a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Veggies and Ground Meats

Veggies and Ground Meats

Add the ground meat, veggies (except tomatoes, and spinach if using), onion, garlic, and seasonings. Cook for about 15 minutes until the meat is cooked pretty much through.

Add the stock or broth, tomatoes, and oregano plus other herbs/spices if necessary.

Tomatoes and Oregano Added

Tomatoes and Oregano Added

Bring to a simmer, then add the elbow macaroni or other small pasta. Simmer until pasta is done then add the chopped spinach (if using) and cook until wilted.

Wilting the Spinach

Wilting the Spinach

Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve in bowls with optional Parmesan cheese. Filling and super yummy!

Garden Dump Soup

Garden Dump Soup

p.s. Never Forget! 9-11-01

 

Download and Print this Recipe

Download and Print this Yummy Recipe!

p.p.s. My hubby caught a 40-inch 24-pound Chinook Salmon out of the Siletz Bay last weekend! Woo hoo! Here’s a few photos (or 6 or 7), if you don’t mind me sharing. My turn next. πŸ™‚

Hooked

Hooked

Netted!

Netted!

Paul and his 40-inch Chinook Salmon

Paul and his 40-inch Chinook Salmon

Fresh Chinook from the Ocean

Fresh Chinook from the Ocean

Victory Walk to the Weighing Station

Victory Walk to the Weighing Station

Weighing the Salmon

Weighing the Salmon ~ That’s One Happy Man!

 

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57 Responses to “Garden Dump Soup ~ Plus a Wild-Caught Chinook Salmon!”

  1. Gerlinde @ Sunncovechef September 11, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    What a great looking Chinook Salmon, did you freeze most of it? Garden Dump Soup is a great name for your soup. I love it.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 11, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you Gerlinde so much! Yes, after we ate our share and gave some to our friend that took us out on our boat, we froze the rest. We’ll be smoking some of it soon, and the rest I’ll be looking for new recipes. πŸ™‚

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  2. Lynz Real Cooking September 11, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    I love the pictures! Wow he has a right to be so proud! Love the name of your soup!

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  3. gina@mytinytexaslife September 11, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    I LOVE soups like this and the poached egg is a creative touch. Way to go in the big fish. Bet that took awhile to get in the boat. 😊🐟🎣

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 11, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks Gina! According to hubby, it took over 20 minutes, but according to my watch it was less than 10. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

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  4. D. Wallace Peach September 11, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    That soup is so colorful, Kathryn, and great for this time of year. πŸ™‚ Love the fishing photos too. A beautiful day and I imagine that salmon put up a good fight!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 11, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks Diana! Yes, those Chinook are sure fighters! He’d run and take the line any time he saw the net go in the water, but he finally pooped out enough. πŸ™‚

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  5. Kat Myrman September 11, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    Wow! This looks amazing! I am definitely going to have to try this! Yum! And nice fish! 😊

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  6. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso September 11, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Love such soups with fresh tasty ingredients.Great looking salmon! πŸ™‚

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  7. lynne hoareau September 11, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Oh yes, that is a happy man for sure πŸ™‚ Well done to your hubby. Your soup sounds amazing, hearty and exactly what I could do with now πŸ™‚

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  8. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser September 11, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Wow-great salmon catch for Paul-you’ll get the next one KR!!! Love soup as you know year round here-nothing like fresh veggies! Woo-Hoo.xoxoxo ccc

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  9. Adam J. Holland September 11, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    I love recipes like this! Looks delicious!

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  10. Ruchisvegkitchen September 11, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    Looks delicious

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  11. Teagan Geneviene September 11, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Wow that’s a big fish! Love the picture — he looks so proud of it.
    Kathryn you are so creative. I admit that at first I cringed when I saw the word “soup” — we’ve been in yet another heat wave. But this sounds so delicious. I love hearing about how you come up with beautiful meals with whatever you have on hand. Mega hugs!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Thank you so much Teagan! It’s starting to cool down here already, I sure wish I could have your heat wave! Hugs back! xoxo

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      • Teagan Geneviene September 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

        Mid 90s and high sweltering humidity? I don’t think you really want that. So I’ll just wish you perfect weather. πŸ˜€ More hugs.

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  12. cookingwithauntjuju.com September 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Garden dump or refrigerator dump! This is the best kind of soup when you throw in everything that you can. That is some fish πŸ™‚ We were thrilled with 7 lb. bass in our pond but this salmon sure does beat that.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Hey a 7-pound bass is nothing to sneeze at either! Way to go! Thanks Judy, I was sure glad to finish off the neighbor’s bounty without it going to waste. πŸ™‚

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      • cookingwithauntjuju.com September 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

        That’s my problem, using up my veggies before they go bad. Why do so many things come in at the same time? Tell your hubby – good job πŸ™‚

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      • anotherfoodieblogger September 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

        I sure will, thanks!

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  13. Karina Pinella September 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Mmm, I’d like to dump this in my stomach. Looks so good

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  14. Freda @ Aromatic essence September 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    Love this freezer and garden dump soup πŸ˜€ Moreover love the poached egg to top it all off !!! Yummmmm!
    The chinook salmon looks great!

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  15. annasdiabetes September 12, 2016 at 12:57 am #

    Reblogged this on websaladbar and commented:
    I just love the name of this soup! Sounds fantastic! Will have to try it in my crockpot

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  16. Michelle Williams September 12, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    YES! I love this soup! And the egg…wow! Congrats to your hubby. That is one beautiful looking salmon.

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  17. Conor Bofin September 12, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Great salmon. I love the poaching of the egg in the soup. I must remember to try that.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      Thanks Conor, it sure was exciting to photograph the catch, but too bad it wasn’t me. Next time? I hope so. πŸ™‚

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  18. Linda September 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    Fresh salmon!! Nothing better!! Also the garden dump soup looks tasty! πŸ™‚

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  19. Sadie's Nest September 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    The soup looks perfect for this time of year! And congrats on that salmon! I bet that gave a sore arm!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you Sadie! Well hubby did say his arm was getting tired (after only 10 minutes) but I respect that. I am sure I would barely make it that long but sure will try if I catch one!

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  20. all-TIM-ate September 14, 2016 at 4:44 am #

    That looks so appetising

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  21. Jill Barth September 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Woah, look at that baby! Incredible!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks Jill! We are headed back there for a week next week, it’s MY turn to catch one like that! πŸ˜€

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  22. FrugalHausfrau September 26, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    Awful name for such a lovely soup!! IT really looks great and that egg idea is genius! Like a Ramen…I love the photos of hubs and fish and you’ve got to admire a guy that can catch a fish like that and who knows how to clean and fillet it the right way, lol!! There’s no way I could clean a fish and I remember camping with my son and a friend of his when they were about 11 – they brought their fishing poles and unfortunately, they each caught one…luckily near the cleaning shed they saw a couple of guys and asked them to show them how. They were so proud!!

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  23. Cooking For The Time Challenged October 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    Yummy soup! Can’t believe you just threw it together. Love the salmon photos! Beautiful fish! Almost looks too good to eat.πŸ˜‰

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  24. anotherfoodieblogger September 14, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks for share! xo

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