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Fall is soup season. As soon as the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to fall, I’m ready to make soup. Having hearty flavors simmering on the stove and making our house smell good is a welcome change of season in the kitchen. Plus, when it’s cold outside, soup is so warming, isn’t it?
Quick way to have soup? Yes, open a carton and warm it up but what’s even better? Turning a carton of soup into a fulfilling meal! While soup is nourishing, the hungry people I live with want more.
“That’s all we’re having? Soup?” Is what I usually hear after a busy day of school, sports, and work.
But tonight that ‘soup’ is going to be so much more! Using what’s on hand (and in the pantry + refrigerator) and what’s still growing in the garden, ‘soup’ got transformed into a glorious batch of spaghetti.
How can you do this at home? Easy. First, keep this soup handy – it’s my favorite fall and winter lunch with grilled cheese sandwiches – creamy organic tomato from Pacific Natural Foods. They’re local to me (in Oregon) and are a non-gmo good to their employee type-a-company.
And, round up what’s in the refrigerator, pantry, and garden. We had mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic. Dried herbs and fresh herbs got tossed in, too. You could use more peppers and diced tomatoes if you don’t have mushrooms.
Here’s the mushrooms, peppers, herbs, garlic, and red pepper flakes all cooked up and ready for soup to get added.
It was an absolute hit – and we ate it the next night, too! For the leftover night (also known as round-two), we added 1 pound of cooked spicy Italian sausage. Not only did it add flavor but it stretched this dish into two complete dinners.
Once the soup went in to the pan, the color was so vibrant.
Served with a green salad and you’ve got a home run – all from soup!
- olive oil
- 1 bell pepper (or several small mild green ones)
- ½ onion
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
- fresh herbs if you have them oregano, thyme, basil
- 1 pound mushrooms
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cartons of Pacific Foods organic creamy tomato soup
- 2 cans (14.5 ounce) organic diced tomatoes or 4 cups of cherry tomatoes
- 1 pound whole wheat pasta
- Fill a pot with cold water for cooking the pasta.
- Prepare all vegetables by chopping and dicing them.
- In a large saute pan, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
- Add onion, peppers, mushrooms, and herbs (in that order – to cook each equally) until soft, about 7 minutes. Remaining olive oil may need to be added if pan is too dry.
- Add garlic to sautéed vegetables, herbs and stir for about 1 minute.
- Add 2 cans of organic diced tomatoes and stir (or fresh cherry tomatoes) and bring to a simmer.
- Add 1 to 2 containers of Pacific Foods organic creamy tomato soup to herb and tomato mixture.
- Bring spaghetti sauce to a boil and simmer until ready to add to pasta.
- Pour sauce over drained pasta and serve, enjoy.
What could be easier or tastier? Green salad and dinner is ready.
Soup is a warming meal but this is a quick and easy way to go from simple to scrumptious using leftovers and the added bonus having more leftovers! That’s my kinda meal.
What’s your favorite soup? Do you use soup as a starter for another dish?
Please join Pacific Natural Foods in the fight against childhood hunger. For every dish made with one of their products that you (or anyone) takes a photo of and shares on social media using #NourishEveryBody and @PacificFoods, Pacific Natural Foods will feed one hungry child. They’re counting how many kids they’ve helped and you can help boost the number. Learn more about how Pacific Natural Foods is feeding hungry kids.
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