pantry soup

this past sunday, i was trying to use up some veggies that were on their last leg.  it is soup weather in sf right now so i thought that this would be the perfect thing to make and eat throughout the week.  this sort of soup is actually one of the very first things i ever cooked for myself in high school.  back then, i rally had no idea what i was doing so i tossed everything into the soup pot.  now, i have learned enough about flavor profiles and textures to come up with soups that work well while i am cooking.  this is really, really variable so use what ever you have on hand.  if you wan to make it more minestone style, just add some pasta.  if you eat meat, add some bulk sausage (sweet or spicy) while you are sauteeing the veggies.  this is most excellent with a good piece of bread with melty cheese.

pantry soup or mushroom, kale, and white bean soup
1 medium onion chopped

2 stalks celery diced

1 large carrot diced

2-3 cloves of garlic sliced thin

large handful of mushrooms sliced or quartered

several smallish potatoes diced

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 bunch of kale, cleaned and center rib removed, in small pieces

1 can of white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 box or so vegetable broth

generous splash of wine (whatever you are drinking)

2 sprigs of thyme

handful of chopped parsley

the rind of your parmigiano reggiano cheese (please save this!  it is so flavorful!)

parmigiano for serving

heat a splash of olive oil in your soup pot and sautee the onion, celery, and carrot until the onion becomes translucent.  add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown a little.  add the potatoes and cook for several more minutes.  add the tomato paste and stir to coat the veggies.  add the drained beans and deglaze the pan with the wine.  add enough vegetable stock to cover and dump the kale and thyme into the pot.  bring to a simmer and add the parmigiano rind and season well.  simmer for at least 15 or 20 minutes and keep tasting and adjusting the seasoning.  right before serving, toss in the chopped parsley.  ladle out generious portions and top with grated parm.  sit in front of your fireplace or space heater and enjoy.


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