After ten years of soup recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, do you still need proof that combining any fresh ingredient -- fruit, vegetables, sausage or leftover turkey -- with a well-stocked pantry will produce a very fine soup? You can do it, and do it without a recipe; the secret is to be fearless and plunge right in. That's the way this sausage and black bean soup started out, but it ended up being so good that I'm glad I took notes as I was making it, so you can replicate it in your own kitchen. The soup began...
Until I learned to cook, I was always a little bit afraid of chowder. I can't imagine why. Chowder began as a throw-together dish made by fishermen on the dock, using the odds and ends of what they had caught. So, really, how complicated could it be? Not difficult at all, as it turns out. Sauté aromatic vegetables in fat (butter or bacon fat), add flour to make a roux, pour in some stock, and when it thickens, add the fish. You can use any fish, or a combination of fish, or fish plus shellfish. I buy packages of frozen...
Native Americans believe in the power of the Three Sisters: beans, corn and squash. This recipe brings them all together in a soup that you can make ahead and freeze, for days when you need some extra magic in your life.
For those hot days when you just don't want to turn on the stove, the oven, or even the grill, try this chilled cucumber and avocado soup. No cooking required!
This quick and easy chicken and corn chowder is a true meal-in-a-bowl. Use leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken, and frozen corn kernels, to make it fast.
You'll find versions of this seafood chowder throughout Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada. It's easy to make at home, with fresh clams from your fish market, and any other seafood you enjoy. Gluten-free, too.
Combine some of Canada's best food products -- bacon, potatoes and cheese -- combine in this creamy, rich, comforting soup.