Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dress up your soup (and raid your pantry)

Shredded Monterey jack, pickled jalapenos and a squeeze of lime.

How do you undo the fiscal damage inflicted by the beast that is Montreal shopping?

You can start by raiding your pantry. For motivation, check out eGullet's "a week without shopping" Klatsch.

In this vein, the super-hot BAFoodist has, this month given us 5 things to do with a can of tuna, so I thought it appropriate to give my take on one of my favorite pantry staples — Campbell's tomato soup.

Above is my favorite combo. Others include:

— Lipton's noodle soup (stir a packet in to the prepared soup)
— white kidney beans, pickled jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream
— cooked rice and dried oregano

I scoured the internet for some other ideas that did not involve merely adding pepperoni to the soup (wow, do people like that combo), and I found a few great new ideas:

— a dollop of creme fraiche and chives — great way to use up left over creme fraiche (which doesn't last more than a week in the fridge)
— crushed tomatoes and dill — which I would top with mound of lump crab meat (you know, if I had that laying around)

So, there you have 5 mostly sophisticated recipes based on one basic pantry staple. Now what shall I tackle next....?

I'm looking at you canned salmon....




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