Building a Soup Pantry

There’s something about a great bowl of soup that is so comforting! Soup, a nice hunk of bread and butter, and a tossed salad or fruit and a great meal is born. So what prevents us from making it more often? I’m convinced that half the battle is having the ingredients needed on hand soooooo . . . here are my suggestions for having items handy to make that great pot of soup and some strategies for making it.

In the pantry
Kitchen Basics chicken stock
Kitchen Basics beef stock
Canned diced tomatoes (regular and fire-roasted)
Canned beans (red, kidney, garbanzo, navy, or pinto)
Dried herbs and spices (basil, oregano, thyme, sage)
Small pasta or noodles (stuffed tortellini are good)
Dried chiles
Dried mushrooms

In the refrigerator
Hard cheese (parmesan, pecorino, or grana padano)
Lemons or limes
Sesame oil

In the Freezer
Ground Beef

Strategies for Soup Making
1. Chicken stock added to leftover chicken gravy or beef stock added to leftover beef gravy make a great base for soup.
2. Beef stock added to leftover spaghetti sauce makes a great base for Italian flavored soup.
3. If you have time, soup will have a richer taste if you saute diced celery, onion, and carrots in butter or olive oil for a few minutes before adding the broth or stock.
4. Remember that uncooked pasta or rice will absorb twice it’s bulk in liquid as it cooks so make sure you have plenty of broth to allow for that OR cook the rice or pasta separately and add it to the soup at the end of the cooking time.
5. If a soup tastes a little dull, a squeeze of lemon or lime juice will brighten the flavor.

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6 Responses to “Building a Soup Pantry”
  1. Joy Howard says:

    I’d add cans of pumpkin to your soup pantry. Pumpkin soup variations (curried, spiced, sweetened w/honey, etc.) are usually quick to make and great with biscuits for a quick and delicious winter meal.

  2. Mikal says:

    I also keep Homemade Egg Noodles in the freezer and V8 juice and vegetable stock in the pantry for soups. The V8 juice is great with a beef stock for a vegetable beef soup! The vegetable stock is great for vegetable and chicken soups. I’m always trying to sneak vegetables into my diet!

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