Bare Cupboard Soup

Bare Cupboard Soup

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7izlczsbj0/UQMUCPaYzZI/AAAAAAAAIlk/MlTm6tOa6cQ/s1600/DSCN5492.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7izlczsbj0/UQMUCPaYzZI/AAAAAAAAIlk/MlTm6tOa6cQ/s400/DSCN5492.JPG" width="400" //a/divBare Cupboard Soup, based solely on what I had available in my cupboards and refrigerator-- and the whims of my tastebuds-- was the perfect ending to a chilly New York State day.br /br /bBARE CUPBOARD SOUP/bbr /(2 servings)br /br /iIngredients.../ibr /br /1 tablespoon oilbr /1 small carrot, dicedbr /1 stalk celery, dicedbr /A pinch each of salt, pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, crushed red pepper flakesbr /1/2 large (6 grams) beef, chick or vegetable bouillon cubebr /1 cup waterbr /1-ounce tomato pastebr /6-ounces waterbr /15.5-ounce can great northern beansbr /br /iDirections.../ibr /br /1. In a 2-quart saucepan, sauté carrots and celery in oil for approximately 5 minutes.br /2. Measure salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, parsley and crushed red pepper into a small dish. Add 1/2 bouillon cube, crushed. Add to saucepan all at once.br /3. Stir in 1 cup water, tomato paste and 6-ounces water (measured in tomato paste can).br /4. Raise heat slightly and cook 8-10 minutes.br /5. Stir in great northern beans and heat about 5 minutes more until beans are hot. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lgq5f8TpAKo/UQMUBqvUadI/AAAAAAAAIlY/21v6U0q1ILo/s1600/DSCN5490.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="382" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lgq5f8TpAKo/UQMUBqvUadI/AAAAAAAAIlY/21v6U0q1ILo/s400/DSCN5490.JPG" width="400" //a/divbr /br /bWhat happened to/b the remaining 5 ounces of tomato paste, you ask? I laid out a small square of wax paper on a small plate. Divided the remaining paste into 5 “plops” and set it in the freezer. Once frozen, I placed it in a small freezer bag, ready to pull out whenever I need more.br /br /bWhile in the freezer/b, a quick look reminded me that the cupboards are not quite so bare as I thought. There’s a couple of a href="http://stepbystepinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/01/grilled-turkey-olive-burgers.html"turkey-olive burgers/a left, a half pound of bacon, and a href="http://stepbystepinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/08/homemade-vegetable-soup-and-homemade.html"vegetable soup/a I made last week.br /

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