2/01/2013

End of the Week Soup

January was an odd month.  The weather was crappy for the first half, but then turned extremely pleasant the second.  Bret worked a lot, I mean a lot a lot.  That, and after the whirlwind of guests and activities during the holiday seasons, we didn't get out to do anything too crazy.  There just wasn't a whole lot of time or energy available. 

This is a long winded way of saying, I have been cooking a lot at home, but nothing too exciting.  At the same time I have been working on my creativity in attempts to utilize the stuff in our pantry, freezer & fridge.  One evening I combined a 2 lb bag of frozen green beans, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, a hefty sprinkle of cheese and a box of instant stuffing to make an easy casserole.  It was pretty tasty too! 

Last night was another one of those nights.  It was the end of the week and I was running low on veggies.  I was also concerned about using up the remaining mushrooms in the fridge.  This soup was inspired by the mushrooms and a Pea Soup recipe found in Chef Irvine's (Kitchen Impossible) new cook book.




End of the Week Soup


Ingredients:

2-3 Cups Sliced Mushrooms (I had a partial pack of whole buttons to use up)
1 Onion Diced
2 Cloves Garlic Diced
2 Tbsp Oil
1 lb Package of Basic Frozen Veggies (I used a Pea & Carrot Mix)
3 Cups Water and/or Broth (Milk would probably go well here too!)
4 oz Cream Cheese
Salt & Pepper to Taste


Instructions:

In a stock pot saute mushrooms, onions and garlic in oil  for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.

Add water/broth and bag of frozen veggies to the pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 min.

Blend until smooth in the pot using an immersion blender or after carefully spoon/pouring into a blender.

Add cream cheese to soup and blend until incorporated.

Season to taste.

Enjoy!


Waiting for the simmer.

Not particularly photogenic, but when has pea soup ever been photogenic.
We enjoyed this ugly soup with a chicken thin sandwich on the side.


Good news.  With the new month, brings new fun.  We are going to a wedding this weekend!  Not ours, and actually, I probably won't know many people there.  None-the-less, I am sure there will be lots of good food and dancing :)

 

What's your favorite way to use up veggies?


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