Because when the temperatures drop and your body goes into hibernation mode, there’s no such thing as too much soup…at least not in our house. This soup was inspired by the cold snap as well as the plethora of fresh vegetables in our refrigerator teetering on overripe. It was also exciting because it was the first adventure with our giant new soup pot from Ikea! (Ah, simple pleasures…) As I’ve said before, we hate to waste food, so we decided to make something where we could use everything in our refrigerator. And I do mean everything. If it was a vegetable or semi-liquid, it went in.
So this dish began like so many others…come on, you know the drill. Slice up some fresh garlic and throw it in your soup pot. Let that saute as you chop up whatever other veggies you have in your refrigerator. We used zucchini, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and a yellow bell pepper. As those are being cut into perfect bite-sized pieces, you can throw some water and instant veggie stock mix into your pot while adding your veggies as they’re ready.
We then added half a jar of marinara sauce (which is totally optional) that we hadn’t yet used up as well as the rest of our tomato paste. We didn’t have very much left at the time, and if there is one thing I would change about this soup, it would be adding more tomato paste. It was tasty just as we made it, but I think extra tomato paste would have given it a little more thickness and a little more flavor.
As those boil, add in a can of beans of your choice. Today, we added white beans in addition to chopped basil, tabasco sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder. You can add more or less tabasco sauce depending on how spicy you want your soup, which I think is directly related to the outside temperature.
Let that all boil together and give it a taste test or two to make sure you have the flavor you’re going for. Then serve as a first course or a meal and enjoy! The best part was we were able to eat soup for a week when we didn’t have time or energy to prepare a whole lunch or dinner. Next time we might even freeze some, but it didn’t last long enough to freeze this time. I’m pretty sure that’s a good sign. 🙂