Soup. No matter what time of year it is, I can always eat soup. I love the smell of the house when a pot of soup is in the making. The mirepoix fills the air with a familiar scent that reminds me of my childhood and gives me this overwhelming sense of comfort. Do you like how I used the word mirepoix? My sister is a family and consumer sciences teacher and recently taught me what this word means. It is simply the combination of onion, carrots, and celery which is the start of many of my soups and dishes. Fancy, dancy. Well, now I taught you something!
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but we use lots of beans in our house. Soups, salads, stir-fry dishes, curries, rice dishes, casseroles, and more….we use some sort of bean. I have a whole shelf of a variety of canned beans. If you didn’t know me, then you would think I was preparing for some sort of storm. Believe me, if you have beans you will always have a filling meal with the addition of some veggies and possibly a grain.
Before I go into my recipe, I just want to let you know I am currently typing from my newly remodeled office. Woot woot. While my husband was away, I primed, painted, and remodeled my space. I finally have a place to hang my diplomas and certifications! I love it. But I will tell you this, painting is some tough work. We will be hiring someone to paint the rest of the areas of the house. It’s a ton of work and takes some skill (like a steady hand!). My estimation of one full day of painting really took me three days. I am tackling the upstairs powder room and the master bathroom and then I am retiring my brushes and rollers, hopefully forever.
Ok, let’s get cookin. Grab your ingredients, fill your house with the wonderful scent of a home cooked meal, and definitely enjoy the left overs for the next few lunches because this soups only tastes better the next day. I hope this soup fills your belly with the lovely combination of fresh ingredients and reminds you that less is always more.