We have recently found a great CSA that we get a weekly box of veggies through and now we always have fun veggies stocked in our fridge! As a result of that, we always have some of the “staples” (ie. carrots, onion and potato) leftover each week that we just didn’t manage to use and this French Fridays recipe came at a great time!
Spur-of-the-Moment Vegetable Soup is a perfect recipe to use up all sorts of odds and ends in your fridge and pantry!
We went ahead and included all the veg (maybe a little more than called for) that Dorie’s recipe indicated and then added a can of black beans and red kidney beans as well as some shredded and chopped cabbage, leeks, and the harlequin squash we received and hadn’t figured out a use for! It was a fantastic way to use up some veggies that were starting to go limp and the halves of things that we had used during the week for other dinners though!
Faced with the decision to blend some of it to thicken the soup, I took my immersion blender to it and went half and half. This apparently disappointed the husband a bit because we have been having a few things that are blended like the soup, but it was soon forgotten after a couple of spoonfuls of the soup!
At the last minute, I added a bit of finely chopped, flat-leaf parsley and sprinkled on some cheese to finish it. Those were perfect additions and just the thing the soup needed.
Certainly a keeper!
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