So there I was, desperately trying to finish my manuscript due December 15th. Outside, the driveway was so icy that it made the short trip to the mailbox treacherous. I didn't want to change out of my comfy writing clothes. I didn't want to leave the house. But I wanted soup. Homemade soup.
Problem was - with my deadline, I didn't have a lot of ingredients to work with, nor time to search out a new recipe using what little I had on hand.
So...I improvised. My favorite thing to do in the kitchen. What follows is a relatively quick and easy recipe for soup that I will most definitely use again. I know it will never come out exactly the same, but isn't that the beauty of experimentation?
My husband and kids loved this. A broth-based soup rather than a cream soup, it's very fresh and full of flavor. Yum!
So, what did I have in the house to create this delicious concoction?
Here you go...
WHATEVER IS IN THE HOUSE SOUP
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cans cannellini beans, drained
8 cups vegetable broth
2 pinches rosemary
1 pinch ground white pepper
2 pinches oregano
2 bay leaves
1 16 oz bag of frozen vegetables, I used a "San Franscisco Blend" because that's what I had in the freezer.
So many good recipes start with sauteing onions and garlic in olive oil, so that's how this one begins. Once onions and garlic have softened and started to brown, add drained cannellini beans. Keep on low heat and stir occasionally.
While the beans simmer to soak up flavor from the onions and garlic, pull out a large soup pot. In it, combine broth, rosemary, pepper, oregano, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for about an hour or so.
Add frozen veggies to beans/onions/garlic. Cook through.
Add veggie mix to broth. Remove bay leaves. Serve.
Easy as anything. And incredibly delicious. Nice and hot to chase the chill away.
Oh, and in case you're wondering whether I made my deadline - I DID!! Woo-hoo. Weirdly, even though I was under the gun writing it, this might very well be my favorite WHChef adventure yet.
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