I think I need to add a new section to my blog and call it ‘Fridge Finds‘ or something far more creative (which won’t come to me until I wake in the middle of the night I’m sure). I make a surprising number of dishes from foods I find in the fridge. Leftovers and veggies whose time has come lead the way; it’s simply a combination of items that I discover in the fridge that culminates in a meal that we love; much like what happened with this Carrot, Potato and Red Pepper Soup
Soups and casseroles are often the results of these finds and with fall in the air both work well. I’ve been on a soup kick lately though; combined with a new found love for carrot soup (who knew this lowly veggie could reach heights of nirvana with just a bit of spice), and with a huge bag of them from Costco that we weren’t getting through quickly enough, I went on a fridge hunt and found a nice red pepper that I believe I heard crying, ‘Use me, Use ME!’
So this week it was this carrot and red pepper soup with potato. Not planned at all…nope, simply a fridge find. I put a potato or two in a lot of soups including this one; not just for flavor but also to thicken them without adding more butter and flour; great for those with gluten free requirements.
Another favorite I made recently was this Broccoli with White Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Croutons. Homemade croutons are so easy…try them once and you’ll see. You will NEVER, EVER go back to a box!
I would be remiss if I did not include my most favorite soup ever; not a fridge find so much as a pantry one. Have you ever bought WAY too many onions and they all seem to be ready to bloom at the same time. I have; especially since I continue to buy some things in bulk at Costco that I really need to close down since both of my girls are now on their own. Potatoes and onions…I’m talking to you! So a few weeks ago I discovered almost a whole bag of onions that I had forgotten; with one sprouted I new it was time to use them and this soup combined with some chicken and beef stock made that an easy choice. This French Onion Soup is not just good but it’s such a big part of my young life; I think friends and I ate this at the Clayton, MO Famous and Barr at least once a week; probably more. So don’t wait til you have to use some onions…make this soup now!
I have always loved Cream of Mushroom Soup; since realizing how easy it is to make from scratch, those red and white cans have not graced our cupboards (plus betting Campbells does not include white wine right?)
More? Sure, here are some additional favorites:
- Carrot Ginger Soup – A lovely soup that is garnished with butter, chile, green onion and peanuts; we LOVE this soup!
- Chicken Soup with Dumplings – the same recipe my grandmother and mom used; just the best!
- French Onion Soup with some Italian Style – A quick version of French Onion soup (and a recipe for making caramelized onions in a crockpot).
- Red Lentil Soup with Ham and Curry – The best tip for making soups that need a ham bone too!
- Split Pea Soup – The ugly duckling of soups; not pretty but SO very good!