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Old 01-05-2020, 06:58 AM
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Default Po Man's Soup in NC

Something I grew up with, my grandparents and my mom. I sent this real time cooking recipe to my kids on the 2nd anniversary of mom's passing yesterday, I told them to keep it alive.

Of course in their day, all fresh from the garden . Good on a cold day. Good memories.

Ingredients
5 medium russet potatoes
3 medium yellow onions
1 can tomato sauce 14 oz.
1 can diced tomatoes 14 oz.
1 can stewed tomatoes 14 oz.
1 can shoepeg corn 11 oz.
8 oz. frozen butterbeans
½ tbsn garlic powder
½ tbsn onion power
½ tbsn salt
½ tbsn black pepper
32 oz. water




1. Empty all cans into large pot with the 32 oz water. Turn on medium heat and go cut taters and onions.

2. Add approx. 5 cups of diced potatoes, don’t cut too small.



3. Add approx. 3 cups of sliced onions, sliced not diced.



4. Add all seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. (Note 1 tbsp. as measured shown here, great taste but too much black pepper for kids. Reduced all back to 1/2 tbsp).



5. Turn on high and bring to a hard boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir continuously.





6. Turn heat down low or a 2 on the dial to prepare for 1 hour simmer.



7. After boiling has ceased to a minimum, cover with vented lid and let simmer for 1 hour. Stir periodically, every 10 to 15 minutes.



8. After 45 minutes pull out one large spoonful in a bowl and let cool. Check seasoning here and adjust as needed. Finish simmer.



9. After 1 hour simmer is complete, it is ready to eat OR it can be simmered longer as desired. Let your fresh bowl of soup cool for 10 minutes.



10. Serve with grilled cheese, peanut butter, or pimento cheese sandwich. Don’t forget the saltine crackers.


Old 01-05-2020, 04:06 PM
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I’m from NC also. My grandparents were from the mountains and we ate this a lot when I was young. Thanks for posting this detailed recipe. I will definitely be cooking this.
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Growing up, we ate a similar soup as well. It was basically a combination of tomatoes and whatever vegetables were available out of the garden. Parents would make a huge pot and can it for the winter months.....
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Mom made alot of very similar soup. She canned it in qts and half gallons. Great food. I prefer to leave potatoes out when I can it and add them later. It always tickled me as she started with a modest pot and it always ended in one huge pot or even more. With a good garden it's not hard to get carried away making soup. That soup with grilled cheese or a fried pork tenderloin sandwich is high on my list. It never snow that I don't at least consider making it.
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Mind if I toss a bit of cow in there?


great looking soup
Old 01-07-2020, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by meritmat View Post
Mind if I toss a bit of cow in there?


great looking soup
Absolutely! I was going to ask for suggestions what might you add to this soup to make it better.

A pack of stew beef is all it needs. I guess that's why my folks called it "Po Man's Soup"
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Originally Posted by meritmat View Post
Mind if I toss a bit of cow in there?


great looking soup
Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
Absolutely! I was going to ask for suggestions what might you add to this soup to make it better.

A pack of stew beef is all it needs. I guess that's why my folks called it "Po Man's Soup"
It's called "Po Man's Soup" because a "Po man" can't afford meat.......
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season and Brown the beef, then add onion and celery cook for awhile until meat it tender,
and then add all the rest and simmer until ready to eat

I am not much into bell peppers, but like some jalapenos added
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That would be great with clams or mussels too!
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Yes......My mom called it succotash soup and added okra some times.
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Mom put celery in everything she cooked. I was never really a fan of the taste so I'm glad to leave it out.

I will try a small pack of "stew beef" added next time, seems it would be best to add it after the hard boil for small pieces, I'll test this and see.
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Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
Mom put celery in everything she cooked. I was never really a fan of the taste so I'm glad to leave it out.

I will try a small pack of "stew beef" added next time, seems it would be best to add it after the hard boil for small pieces, I'll test this and see.

Growing up, I too was not a big fan of cooked celery and still today don't miss it if it's not in something. For me, I'll use a potato peeler and get the ribs off and chop it very small to use to cook with.
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When our kids were small we used to make something similar called stone soup, from the children's book. Basically someone in a village had nothing to eat so started with water and a small stone, soon one by one neighbors added one ingredient or another and they ended up with a big pot to share. Still have that smooth stone in the utensil drawer.

Try sautéing the onions in a little oil first to carmelize them to add a litle more flavor, adding the garlic (I prefer jarred chopped over powder) a few minutes in. You can also saute some carrot with the onions, celery too. Then add the tomatoes and potatoes. For seasonings i would add a bay leaf or two and some thyme - these will definitely add to the flavor profile. Instead of salt use chicken bullion. Frozen vegetables could be added in the last 15 minutes as they don't need to cook very long.

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Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
I will try a small pack of "stew beef" added next time, seems it would be best to add it after the hard boil for small pieces, I'll test this and see.
Add the beef to the pot with oil and onions first and sear to brown the meat. It will add much more flavor than just boiling.
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Great suggestions. Thanks!
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'Bout that time of year.........daughter and family have the rona and I'll be taking them a batch tomorrow!

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Soup looks good, but I doubt that it'll conquer the Chinese virus, but certainly can't hurt. Need plenty of protein in it......
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Huh. That looks quite like a "Brunswick stew" recipe that I found a few years ago - minus the meat.

"BS" is in quotes, because like a lot of things, it's been modified so many times, it's more of generic term than a specific recipe.

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