Rustic Slow-Cooker French Peasant Soup

As many of you may have noticed, I have been taking part in a number of new recipe link-ups and food related groups this year. Not only is it a great way to get my recipes out into the blogosphere but it’s also an incredible way to find renewed inspiration in the kitchen. Let’s face it, if it were up to me, I could happily live on deviled eggs, biscuits, corned beef, and numerous variations of crockpot sauerkraut. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

In order to add a little bit of variety into my life as well as the food B.O.B. Bob and I eat each week, I decided that it was worth it to juggle subscription deadlines in order to experience some new flavors and be more adventurous in the kitchen. The added bonus is that I won’t be the only one to benefit from this branching out, y’all may get some new recipe ideas out of this experience along the way as well.

The newest group that I have decided to take part in is a monthly event entitled Food n’ Flix, wherein you watch a specifically chosen movie and then develop a recipe inspired by its characters, location, or food shown within. January’s flick is French Kiss, the 1995 romantic comedy featuring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. In it, Kate and Luc travel through France attempting to reconnect with Kate’s ex-fiance Charlie, who has fallen in love with a French tart while there on business.

I’m pretty sure that I did in fact see this movie when it was first released, however, I was pleasantly surprised that I had forgotten most of it, so it was almost as if I was watching the movie for the first time. It reminded me of how much I used to love any movie featuring Meg Ryan and that I’m still a little disgustingly creeped out by Kevin Kline. It’s even worse when he’s faking a French accent. Thankfully Ryan’s amusing antics in the movie help to diminish Kline’s complete creep factor.

It was a little hard to get inspired by the food from this movie seeing as the only food shown was pretty much a cheese plate and at one point an entire cart of upturned pastries. So, for my first Food ‘n Flix event, I’m pretty much sharing a recipe that was inspired by my view of what France is all about when it comes to food; fresh root vegetables dug straight from the fields, French seasonings, and a little bit of cream and butter thrown in to pull everything together. For being so uncomplicated and quick to toss together on a weekday morning, this slow-cooker soup is truly fantastic, and thankfully unlike Kevin Kline, not the least bit disturbing.

*Normally Crockpot Monday‘s post is observed on an actual Monday. Due to timeline constraints, this week it is falling on a Sunday. Think of this as a good thing. A very, very, very good thing; now you have the recipe in time to make it on Crockpot Monday. So, don’t forget to pick up the ingredients today when you visit your local market. It will literally take you all of ten minutes to peel, chop, and toss together this recipe Monday morning before heading off to work.

*You can find the recipe roundup from this month’s French Kiss Food n’ Flix by clicking HERE. Make sure to check out some of the great recipes which were inspired by this movie.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium Red Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 4 Large Carrots, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 Medium Fennel Bulb, Roughly Chopped
  • 4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Herbs de Provence
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Fleur de Sel
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter

Directions:

  1. Place the potatoes, carrots, fennel, broth, Herbs de Provence, Fleur de Sel, balsamic vinegar, onion, black pepper, and pepper flakes into a crockpot, stir to combine, and then cook on low-heat for 8 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, add a little bit of the cream to the corn starch and whisk until fully incorporated.
  3. Increase the heat on the crockpot to high.
  4. Place the corn starch mixture, remaining cream, and butter into the crockpot, stir to combine, and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Suggestions:

  • Garnish the soup with fennel fronds before serving.
  • Serve this soup with thick slices of crusty bread, preferably a French baguette.
  • Feel free to substitute the heavy cream in this recipe with any type of milk or half and half.
  • Use vegetable broth in this recipe if you observe Meatless Monday.

Improvements:

  • Add celery or fresh onion to this soup.
  • Swirl an additional pat of butter into each bowl of soup before serving or top with shredded Gruyère cheese.
  • Use this 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker to make this rustic soup. It’s exactly like mine, which I call Miss O’Hara and have come to simply adore.
  • B.O.B. Bob and I use a version of this Soup and Sandwich Serving Set whenever we eat soup. It makes it easy to enjoy our soup and watch our flix at the same time, without making a complete mess.

Soup and Sandwich Serving Set

Rustic Slow-Cooker French Peasant Soup

Rustic Slow-Cooker French Peasant Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium Red Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 4 Large Carrots, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 Medium Fennel Bulb, Roughly Chopped
  • 4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Herbs de Provence
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Fleur de Sel
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Salted Butter

Directions:

  1. Place the potatoes, carrots, fennel, broth, Herbs de Provence, Fleur de Sel, balsamic vinegar, onion, black pepper, and pepper flakes into a crockpot, stir to combine, and then cook on low-heat for 8 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, add a little bit of the cream to the corn starch and whisk until fully incorporated.
  3. Increase the heat on the crockpot to high.
  4. Place the corn starch mixture, remaining cream, and butter into the crockpot, stir to combine, and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
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Want to participate in Food ‘n Flix? Drop by the Food n’ Flix site to learn more. You don’t even have to be a food blogger to get in on the fun. Simply check out this month’s featured movie, watch it by yourself or as a family, and then develop a recipe inspired by the characters, scenery, or food portrayed in the flick. Next month’s movie is Pan’s Labrinth for those of you who want to join in on the fun.

I’ll also be linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands this week for Meatless Monday.

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  • Welcome to the Food ‘n Flix club, Colleen! Your soup looks incredible – what I wouldn’t give to be sitting in the French countryside, enjoying a bowl of this…mopping it up with some crusty bread…washing it down with some wine. Sigh. 😉

    • You and me both Heather…only I’ll take a nice French beer!

  • Ali Mageehon

    This is such a beautiful soup – it looks so comforting. I love the addition of fennel. I can totally see how you were inspired to do this from the movie. I felt the same way – not much actual food, but all the scenes of Paris and France were definitely inspiring.

    • So pretty…maybe it’s a good thing there wasn’t a lot of food to make us all hungry while watching it! The cheese was bad enough!

  • ooh all the spices in here! This looks so hearty thanks for linking up for meatless Monday today

  • Sahra

    That looks delicous!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • Wendy Klik

    I’m so glad you decided to join us at FnF, Colleen. This creamy soup with chunks of veggies is screaming “eat me”.

    • Thanks Wendy…I wanted to begin FnF last month…but I am really bad at scheduling!

  • Leena

    The Food ‘n Flix idea/group def brings out a new creative flare for cooking recipes. I think I may try this idea with my photography too!
    As always, it looks great Colleen, keep up the great work!

    • Thanks Leena. I’m not a huge movie watcher either, so this is really a fun way to branch out in cooking and movie choices.

  • What a beautiful dish and your photography is so lovely. I want to check out the crockpot sauerkraut, too. Yum. Glad to have you join Food ‘n Flix. See you next month!

    • Thanks Terri…I’m pretty happy with how this dish tasted and looked…it doesn’t always work that way! The sauerkraut is amazing…you must try it!

  • welcome to FnF, so glad to have you. OK so funny we have the exact opposite reaction to the 2 actors lol. Butlove this elegant soup, not peasant about it.

    • Glad to be a part of the group and looking forward to the next movie which is not something I would not normally watch!

  • Miss Whisk

    It’s soup season and I can’t get enough soup. This looks delicious and filling. Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

    • More than happy to…Meatless Monday is a rare thing around here. I love the concept but am really bad about remembering what day it is!

  • Heather Petrey

    Yay! A meatless recipe! Looks like I need to a get a crock pot…

    • They do make life easier! Just make sure to do your research first…all crockpots are not the same!

  • Camilla Mann

    Yum. So happy to have you in Food’N’Flix. I think you’ll have fun with us!! And this soup looks amazing.

    • Thanks Camilla! It should be fun! I already ordered the next movie!

  • That looks So good! Your posts always make me hungry! 🙂

  • Thanks for another yummy recipe! Honestly idk what got my attention more the soup or the cute spoon!

    • It is a cute one…one of my antique finds! I love that it’s not shiny…my face doesn’t show in it when I photograph food…always a problem!

  • Jeffrey E. Segura

    I love how it looks creamy and enticing! Good thing it’s lunch time around here lol

  • I wish I could live on a diet of deviled eggs!! Yum!

  • Amy CookingAdventures

    This looks like absolute perfection! And your pictures are gorgeous!