02 November 2008

Uh-oh! Soup

Forgot that I had Soup Collective today until... about half an hour ago. Thankfully, a quick search of the fridge revealed there was plenty to work with. So, Uh-Oh! Soup:


  • Lamb stock
  • Onion (small)
  • Spring onions (a few)
  • Mild red peppers (many)
  • Pinto beans (soaked)
  • Rice (cooked)
  • White wine
  • Italian spices
  • Garlic powder
  • Bay leaves (if you're into that sort of thing)
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • UPDATE: Large number of pre-cooked greens - collards, mustard greens, kale. Could be engineered to cook these simultaneously but that's not how this went


  • Chop onions finely, peppers coarsely
  • Heat oil on medium-low in a large pot
  • Add onions (both) and sauteé for a minute or so
  • Add bay leaves, garlic powder, Italian spices and continue to sauteé, adding more oil as necessary
  • Add pinto beans and sauteé
  • Add peppers and cook until they begin to soften
  • Add wine and cook until it begins to reduce
  • Add stock and as much water as is necessary
  • Cover, and cook for... as long as necessary
  • When soup is basically ready, add rice and cook for another couple of minutes - should soak it up fast
  • Add pre-cooked greens and cook for a while longer. Make sure greens are cut into smaller pieces or, as I did, retrieve from pot with slotted spoon and cut with scissors. Also - make sure you made the greens spicy (helpful when mustard greens are part of the equation)


  • Not sure yet! Will update later
  • Okay - delicious.
UPDATE: Okay, bit the bullet and added leftover greens and broth. We shall see!

UPDATE 2: Despite idiotically burning my tongue, greens definitely add a kick and heartiness. Good call, JKD.

UPDATE 3: Still needs a little more time for beans to properly soften but, adding a little more water, it proceeds apace. Also, no need for rice with greens now providing plenty of body.

UPDATE 4: Okay. Success - this is a damn fine soup, somehow. smalljones advises that this verges on Caldo Verde - and me with leftover mashed potatoes sitting unused in the fridge! Oh well - next time, and this functions well as is.

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