Busy Day Soup

Last night I didn’t get home from my extremely busy day until after 9pm. At that time of night I don’t want to eat anything heavy, let alone spend an hour in the kitchen slaving away.

Enter Busy Day Soup.

Using items on hand you can create your own unique soup that’s quick, easy and tasty, too. This is one of my favorite things to make when it’s only me and I have just enough energy to lift the spoon to my mouth.

For this soup I use a few fresh ingredients and a few ready made ingredients to keep it simple. You’ll find your own balance as you see what is on hand. I usually use ramen noodles instead of real pasta, saving my pasta for a soup that I am going to serve to guests, but I was out and had a bit of tubettini on hand. ABC pasta is great fun, too! or you can break long pasta into smaller macaroni sized pieces.

Busy Day Soup

2 T olive oil
1 celery rib diced
1 onion diced
2 handfuls of frozen mixed veggies
1 generous handful of small pasta
any sort of greens
2 cups canned or boxed broth (I used Trader Joe’s low sodium vegetable broth)

Heat olive oil in 3 quart sauce pan. Add onions and celery. Over medium-high heat, saute until soft, but not browned. Add frozen veggies and stir until thawed. Stir in broth and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add small pasta (I used tubettini). Cover and simmer until pasta is soft. Throw in some green leaves (I had some Mesclun mix on hand and pulled a few red cabbage leaves, spinach leaves and chicory leaves out of the package and tossed them in. If you are short on greens, throw in some celery leaves for a fresh taste. Stir until just wilted. Serve with toasted bread.

Other items to consider adding:
tinned tomatoes
tinned beans
diced zuchini
diced yellow squash
chopped parsnip
frozen squash
leftover cooked chicken diced
leftover rice

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1 Comment on Busy Day Soup

  1. megan
    February 20, 2004 at 12:04 pm (13 years ago)

    tasty! i’ve been making black bean soups lately – also very easy and quick. what i do is drain a can of beans, put it in the pan with 1/2 cup of salsa, 3/4 broth (chicken or veggie), and a load of ground cumin. heat until hot, blenderize or food processorize some of it (or mash the beans with a potato masher) to thicken it up a bit, and top with sour cream or shredded cheese. you can also throw in veggies (celery and onions are both good) or you could use fresh veggies and canned tomatoes instead of salsa.
    i like this blog of yours… šŸ™‚


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