Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kitchen Cabinet and Freezer Soup

I promise I’ll get a little more excited about MoFo next week.


For now, I’m keeping up by doing two things I normally wouldn’t do: I’m telling you I’m not feeling well, and I’m posting on a day I might normally skip. I only mention that I’m not feeling well because it is very relevant to tonight’s supper.

I wanted soup, but I still don’t have much food on hand and wasn’t feeling up to shopping. So this is what I made with stuff I have on hand. This soup requires zero work and is already making me feel better. Or maybe relaxing for the first night in more than a week is helping me feel better.


After lunch, I tossed everything in my slow cooker. I used a large can of plum tomatoes, frozen cannellini beans, frozen chopped green bell peppers, an onion, a shallot, some garlic, a bouillon cube, some tomato paste, and some orzo tossed in near the end. I also used some red and black pepper, dried oregano, and some pesto paste squeezed across the top and then mixed right in.

I served this up in a big bowl wrapped in a kitchen towel and ate on the couch, while watching a movie. I think after some rest tonight and this good soup I should be feeling better soon. Want to know a secret? The frozen green peppers are coming full circle, because they were originally purchased to be an ice pack.

Normally I would say have a great weekend, but instead – see you tomorrow!


  1. My fiance isn't feeling well either, so I made soup for dinner too. Great minds think alike! I love making soup. it's the best way to use up random stuff from the refrigerator.

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

  2. Your soup sounds good. I also made soup last night, but I am saving that recipe for Saturdays post. I wasn't able to get a post in last night...bummer. Looks like I will have to make up for that this weekend. I hope you are feeling better today!

  3. soup can cure all. it has some serious magical healing powers. hooooray for sitting down and relaxing a ton whilst enjoying your bowl of soup. and a soup that pretty much made itself. so awesome! why did i not know about pesto paste?! seriously?! some days i think i live under a rock that's in the back of a very dark cave. ah ha ha! i hope you're feeling better today, Jessica!

  4. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Glad you were able to find proper nourishment without leaving the house.

  5. Feel better! This soup looks like it should help though! Johanns the one in charge of making feel good food around here because I'm the one who whines until he makes something warm and yummy!

  6. You can never go wrong with Pesto; I'm convinced of it!
    The spelt sticks were really good; but at 9 grams of fat per ounce; I'd rather be eating chocolate; so i probably wouldn't buy them again. BTW; that bag has 10 servings in it; and you see how small it is-mean the raw revolution bar was half the size of the bag!!

  7. I hope you're feeling better! That soup does sound like it would do the trick. That pesto paste added the "Midas touch" to an already great-sounding soup.

    At least the weekend is here! Take care...get better soon!

  8. It looks good. Hope you're back to yourself. I don't have a slow cooker. Do you use yours a lot?

  9. Thanks, everyone - I felt much better after stopping to rest.

    Jenny, I use my slow cooker pretty often. Mostly I use it for dry beans as well as soups, stews, and chilis because I feel comfortable not monitoring it. When I simmer things on the stove top, I worry about fires and things boiling over. I don't worry about the slow cooker that way. Plus, it's very energy efficient.

  10. Thanks for the advice. I have accidentally let my bean water boil out a few times, and I get very distracted with the kids so I'm thinking this would be a good idea for me! Like the energy efficient bonus.