Round out the old year with clean-out-the-fridge soup

If “clean-out-the-fridge soup” makes you think of a stew with corn and okra and kidney beans, you’re not making it with stuff from my fridge.

My fridge is a strange composition of good-for-you veggies, condiments and cheese. A lot of cheese.

I live way too close to Wisconsin, me thinks.

Anyway, cheese is a great accompaniment to soup.

Today’s clean-out-the-fridge soup was made with:

  • Nearly a head of wilted celery.
  • A container of sliced white mushrooms.
  • Three carrots.
  • A wrinkly green pepper.
  • Fresh ginger (peeled and sliced).
  • An onion and a potato (from the pantry).

Saute half the mushrooms in olive oil and remove from pot. Chop all vegetables and saute in more olive oil. I would have added a few cloves of fresh garlic, but I couldn’t find it when I was sauteing (it was hidden by some cheese). Add a couple cups of water and bouillon cubes (or chicken stock) and simmer for 30 minutes. Add a generous tablespoon of dried parsley and pepper.

Transfer hot mess to a blender and blend until smooth. Add back to pot. Add sautéed mushrooms and season to taste. I added a little brown sugar (too much celery made my concoction a bit tart). I also found some apple butter and red curry paste. The red curry paste was inspired — it added a note of spicy hot to the bowl.

Now serve with a dollop of sour cream and pumpkin seeds (and on the side, cheese; don’t forget the cheese). Delicious!

Now you’ll feel healthier and your refrigerator will be one step closer to clean.

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3 responses to “Round out the old year with clean-out-the-fridge soup

  1. Oh, YUM!

    But we call this dish “Musgo Stew”. You open the fridge, start pulling out containers and packages, all the while saying, “This musgo, this musgo, this musgo . . . ”

    😀

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