This time of year I always have a pot of soup simmering on the stove.  I never use a recipe and most times just make do with what I have on hand.  Heat up a little olive oil in a pan, toss in onions, celery, carrots and garlic and then let your own tastes and creativity take over.  There is no better comfort food than soup!

Some of my favorite or go-to ingredients:

Olive Oil





Canned tomatoes

Chicken or Beef Stock or Water

Black Beans

Garbanzo beans





The seasonings and toppings really depend on my mood.

Cumin and red pepper combined with crush tortillas give my soup a Mexican flare.

Italian herbs and sea salt with a handful of pasta give the soup a Minestrone feel.

Ginger, garlic and soy topped with rice add an Asian Twist.

So if you’re wondering ‘What’s for dinner?’ try a soup.  It takes less than ten minutes for me to get my soup bubbling and after twenty minutes of simmering I’ve got a hearty meal.

Start with the basics: onions, carrots and celery.

Sautee veggies until soft.

A hot bowl of veggie and bean soup topped with rice.