Soup365 #97: Mélange de garde-manger

Image by Flickr user Chiot's Run

Doesn't that sound nicer than "random crap I found in the pantry?" Which is, of course, pretty much what went into this soup. The pantry was looking a little overfull of odds and ends, I was tired and not feeling particularly creative, and we sure did need to get rid of those last few frankfurters before something dreadful happened to them (or us, upon eating them).

But somehow the whole ended up being more than the sum of its parts. Fisher ate three bowls; Rhys ate two (huge) bowls; no one minded the presence of the can of bean-n-bacon soup (a blast from the past, indeed!) a bit.

Mélange de garde-manger aux saucisses allemandes [doesn't that sound fancy as all get-out?]
Serves six, or four if you have hungry children

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
10 to 12 ounces frankfurters, kielbasa or other light fully-cooked sausage, quartered lengthwise and sliced
3 cups chicken broth
2 tsp seasoned salt, or what I used, which was Montreal Steak seasoning (downmarket but soooo good)
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes with chiles
1 can bean-n-bacon soup (if you're feeling fancy, use the Pacific Natural Foods organic kind and cut the chicken broth down to 2 cups; if you're feeling impoverished or anti-elitist or like using what's sitting around, use the Campbell's/store brand kind)
Crumbled feta cheese for serving

Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until partially softened, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes more, or until sausage is just beginning to brown.

Add chicken broth, seasoned salt, diced tomatoes and canned soup. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until you're ready to eat. Blueberry muffins would be a lovely accompaniment; if you mix and bake them while the soup is simmering, the two should be done just about simultaneously.

Serve with plenty of feta garnishing each bowlful.

Image by Flickr user Chiot's Run. / CC BY-NC 2.0

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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4 Responses to Soup365 #97: Mélange de garde-manger

  1. Mark Horner says:

    I remember a “soup” that I had with kielbasa and lentils and I remember they went reaally well together. I wish I could remember where, but maybe you could find something like that for a future soup. Or maybe you’ve already done it, which is what I’m remembering 🙂

  2. Chiot's Run says:

    I’m doing this as well (as you can see by the all empty jars in the photo). I made chili with some dried heirloom beans from the pantry, venison and beef stock from the freezer and a bunch of home canned items. I used up a few jars of tomatoes, some salsa, some fire roasted red peppers and a jar of roasted jalapenos. I also was able to use up a few jars of chutney and my last jar of five pepper relish. And threw in a bottle of dark beer for good measure!
    It was a surprisingly delicious batch of chili. And of course we topped it with some frozen corn.
    I enjoy this pantry purging time of the year. Good food and you feel liberated for a summer of canning and freezing to fill it up again.

  3. Molly says:

    That chili sounds delicious! It’s great to be able to use up bits & pieces of food. I am envious of your stash of home-canned goodies… hope to be able to do more canning this year. (I am definitely making a double batch of chili sauce. That was my favorite canning project from last summer.)

  4. Evonne says:

    All I can say is YUM!

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