Before I get into the Unroasted Roasted Vegetable Soup,

I’d like to take a few paragraphs to talk about a fellow blogger, Aly of Fudging Ahead.

If your first thought was I must have won another blog award to be spreading the Blog Love, you’d be wrong.  I’ve won nothing.  Not by anyone else, that is.  I have seriously considered bestowing an award upon myself, though, to make this post legit.  Perhaps the I’m Awesome and I Know It award.  I even made my own crappy graphic that designer pal Calee will probably virtually kick my ass for.

Nah.  It’s not that bad.  As Cinnamon might say, whatevs.  Feel free to swipe it and award it to yourself if you please.  No reason not to give the ol’ self esteem a little boost from time to time.

But back to Aly.

If you recall, Aly won the free chocolate from my first giveaway.  She wrote a post about it you can find here.  But while she seemed to enjoy the chocolate, she kinda missed the concept of it being free and mailed me some local chocolate in return.

Since my original goal was to give away chocolate with no strings attached, I feel a smidge guilty for eating the chocolate she sent me and it has crossed my mind I should mail her MORE free chocolate.  As she could reciprocate back again this could lead to a never ending chocolate cycle.  It’s a risk, but a risk I might be willing to take.

Someone should tell Lindsay that while her baby, Foodie Pen Pals, is awesome, Chocolate Foodie Pen Pals would be even better.  Just a suggestion.  Lindsay?  You reading this?

Alright, back to Aly.  Again.  Aly once admitted to me in an e-mail that creating pretty pictures around food is not a strength for her.  But honestly, that is kinda why I like her.  While some other bloggers may take a “prettier” photograph (her word, not mine), sometimes they all look the same to me.  Oh, is that a placemat you have posed your bowl on?  You don’t say.  And is that plate sitting next to a napkin with a fork on it.  Huh.  Reeeeeally?  I may be the only one who poses cookies in trees, but thanks to Aly I am not the only one who hasn’t fallen into the placemat rut.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

There also seems to be a trend with bloggers and especially on Pinterest of weird food combinations (again I say, feta cheese does not belong with watermelon) or food inside food inside food.  A cookie inside a brownie inside cheesecake inside chocolate cake inside another cookie.  It’s like dessert Turducken out there.  While I tend to find these interesting, I’m not likely to make the recipes.

That’s where Aly comes in.  I find Aly to be quite relatable (even despite some political differences we’ve recently discovered – insert winky face here to convey friendliness) and I actually make her food.  I’m not as awesome as Supermom so I haven’t mastered my time enough to make all of Aly’s food, but still, I make a lot of it.  I mean, I haven’t made the liquid cheesecake recipe (yet) so there’s that.

I did make the Roasted Vegetable Soup she blogged about . . .

albeit an unroasted version of it.  It was quite tasty so I thought I’d share it with you today.  I followed her recipe fairly closely, with just a few minor changes.  For instance, she roasted her veggies and I dumped the whole mess of ingredients at one time into the crockpot and cranked that sucker up to high for a few hours.  Also I skipped the parsnips because they looked like crap at the grocery, tossed in extra carrots, potatoes and stock, and left out the nutmeg and cinnamon.  Oh, and I used garlic powder instead of minced garlic.  And I only pureed half the soup, adding the reserved half back in for some nice texture.  But other than that the recipe was the same.

The flavor combination was tasty and hearty; the texture perfect for a blustery fall day.

This soup could easily stand alone, although we paired it with some quinoa casserole The Husband’s coworker had sent home with him.

Here are Aly’s ingredients with my scant changes

  • 1 pound of carrots (peeled and cut into small pieces) plus some
  • 1 large apple (cored and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 parsnip (peeled and cut into small pieces)
  • 1 pound potatoes (cut into small pieces) plus some
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (or butter alternative)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic garlic powder, plus a few extra shakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 23 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Ground pepper and sea salt

While Aly roasted, I crockpotted.  I dumped all the ingredients in my slow cooker, cooked it on high for 3 plus hours, reserved half the soup, immersion blended the rest and then mixed it all back together.  I added a few dashes of salt too if I recall correctly.

Unroasted Roasted Vegetable Soup.

You should read Aly’s blog.  You should make Aly’s food.  You should make this soup, my version or hers.  Whichevs.  You should also stop back here in the near future for some Aly Fudge and raw pumpkin talk.  The talk is raw, not the pumpkin.  That I cooked.  So, pumpkin raw talk?

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Do you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the snow?  You thought I was going to say rain didn’t you?  Ha!  You should know me better than that by now.  Did anyone notice how I managed to toss a bunch of other awesome bloggers into this post as well?  I’m sly like that.  You should check out these ladies too and urge ’em to claim their very own I’m Awesome and I Know It award.  Cause they’re awesome and they should know it.

Oh, and apparently there is a parody song with the same title as my new blog award by a wannabe rapper.  I only know this because I googled the phrase after I typed this post. I really really really didn’t wanna create a new graphic so I woke The Husband up at 6 a.m. (on his vacation – I’m an awesome wife, aren’t I) and he said I was all cool to post and it was no big deal.  Although he was three quarters asleep when he said that.  So if any of you are offended, blame him not me.  Unless you think it’s a super witty play on silly blog awards, then I did it on purpose.  Disclaimer over.  Have an awesome day.



  1. If there was an all Chocolate Foodie Pen Pals, then I would come back to Foodie Pen Pals. No question. 😉

  2. I think a wannabee rapper should do a song called ‘(Un)Roasted Vegetable Soup.” THAT I might listen to, dawg. Plus, think of what rhymes with carrot–ferret, merit, Dale Jarret, etc. The possibilities are really endless.

    • You ALWAYS make me laugh. And now I want a ferret. Who am I kidding, I’ve always wanted a ferret. If I ever get one I am absolutely naming him Dale Jarret.

  3. Lots of thoughts
    1) I wish I were as good as you at slyly linking up to everyone. I’m sucky and I know it
    2) whatevs…that is totes something I would say
    3) Chocolate FPP- that sounds AMAZING
    4) I’m totes gonna steal the award and award it to myself
    5) Aly is awesome and I love her pictures.
    6) I’m getting an immersion blender for Christmas
    7) “A cookie inside a brownie inside cheesecake inside chocolate cake inside another cookie.” This sentence reminds me of my Phunny Pinterest Phenomenon post. Did you read that one? You should. Its funny
    8) now I’m super curious about whether I am on your political side or Aly’s. Hmmmm how will I ever find out?
    9) Theo chocolate is the bomb. I’m jeally.

    • You’re awesome, too!!! 😀 That’s great that you’re getting an immersion blender. I got mine for Christmas last year, and although it was a bit tricky to pack for the airplane, I didn’t care!

      And yes, you will not be able to find out much about political things 😀 I can admit that I grew up with two hippie parents, soooooo I am a bit on that end, just to give you an idea. But it’s all cool. I’m happy to have differences as long as we all love chocolate.

    • 1) You’re getting way better.
      2) Totes
      3) Um HECK YEAH
      4) Please please do. You are AWESOME!
      5) Lots of awesome going around.
      6) Sweet. They are so much easier to clean than a blender or food processor!
      7) I don’t recall, but I will totes check it out!
      8) Probably mine with a hubs in the service I would imagine. Go 2nd Amendment rights!
      9) I loved the milk chocolate the best, which is unusual for me. So creamy. I found some at out local specialty grocery and picked up the peppermint and toffee as well. They lasted about a day.

  4. I’m famous!! Or some such thing. 😀 Thanks for all of the praise and making my head too big to fit on the airplane I have to be in tomorrow. I actually only blended part of the soup, too, I just was lazy and left it all in there and blended somewhat. I hate completely smooth soups. I am not a big soup person, so chunks make me like it better. 🙂 I also find it funny that you did not roast the veggies because if you had, you could have called this post a Roast, and I would have been all “why am I being roasted?”

    Chocolate foodie penpals would really be awesome. Or just some sort of dessert penpals club. My friend and I like to host dinner parties, and we want one that’s all desserts. It would be madness! But awesome madness.

    I feel like there are other things I wanted to add, but my brain is going a gazillion miles a minute thinking about packing (and I still have work today!), so if I think of it later I will return. This also means I will be returning your email later…tomorrow is flying all day, so we’ll see if I can get to it tonight or not.

  5. You really should get a blog award for your unique blend of nature and food porn:-)

  6. I hate the food inside food inside food trend. Mix two things and call it a day! Well, unless you’re talking vegetables in a soup. Then you can combine several. And some unroasted roasted vegetable soup sounds really good on a crappy day like today.

    • Eh, you can never have too many veggies IMO. Course I’ve never tried to stuff a cherry tomato inside a mushroom inside a potato inside a butternut squash . . . so maybe in that case you can have too many veggies?