1. OK, so if you read THIS POST, you know that one of my favorite things to do is take favorite tried 'n' true flavor combinations and serve them up in new and different ways.
2. And if you read THIS POST, you know that I recently reconnected with a dear friend, Cheryl, from very early childhood.
Add 1 + 2 and what do you get? A KILLER soup recipe that she recently shared with me. It's one of Cheryl and her husband's favorites, and now, it is also one of ours!
Here's the recipe, as Cheryl sent it to me:
Now since I view all patterns, recipes, etc., as only general GUIDELINES and not strict instructions (LOL!) here was my tweaking:
I used fresh mushrooms (12 oz) because I had them. I added several cloves of fresh garlic, used 2 onions, and a mix of red, green, and yellow bell peppers because we love them. I used 8 oz. of a specialty-brand pepperoni stick, cutting it into slices and then fourths, like Cheryl does. Probably went heavier on the herbs, I seldom measure!
AND I didn't use a crock-pot because my crock-pot is too small, so I simmered it on top of the stove in my dutch oven for a few hours. BUUUT, I can see how it would be GREAT in a crock pot, and super quick and easy -- thus easily meeting criteria ;o) for my "Week Night Wonder" category. I was also a little fussy about the cheese (fresh mozzarella) and bread we used (after all, it is Pepperoni PIZZA soup, the cheese and "crust" is critical!) I chose a rustic artisan loaf, cut lengthwise, and oven-toasted till lightly browned and crunchy. *YUM YUM YUM!*
So thanks, Cheryl, for a recipe we loved and will definitely REPEAT... (in fact, Barry is already asking for it again!) I will think of you every time I do.