Soup and Its Aftermath: A Happy Story, Part #Vegan and part #NotVegan

It began thus:

I had a couple of leeks, some green onions, and a serrano pepper that were about to go to Jesus, plus a leftover baked potato and some leftover fried mushrooms.

So I made leek and white bean soup.

What you do is, you saute the cleaned and chopped leek and onions in vegan margarine. You can add sliced raw mushrooms, but I used the already cooked ones. Meanwhile, you empty half an undrained can of white beans (I used canneloni–No, wait, that’s not right … cannellini) into a pot. Mash the other half of the beans and add that. You can put a raw potato cut into chunks, but I used a leftover baked potato cut into chunks. Also: minced garlic.

Put the sauteed vegetables into the pot. Add enough vegetable stock or water and vegetable bouillon to make the soup as thin as you like. Cook until the potatoes are done, if you used raw potatoes.

I put mine in the Instant Pot for 35 minutes so all the flavors got good and swapped around.

Looked like this:

Close up:

It was soooooo good!

I had some left over. I took a notion to make some coq au vin blanc, so I looked up the recipe. It called for leeks, potatoes, and onions, so guess what I did. Go on, guess. Now let’s not see the same hands. Yes, I browned my chicken and put it in the Instant Pot with the leftover soup, deglazed the browning pan with white wine, and added that to the pot. Another 35 minutes, and I ate like a queen.

Go thou and do likewise.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about beans. Or a singular bean.

MA

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One thought on “Soup and Its Aftermath: A Happy Story, Part #Vegan and part #NotVegan

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      Marian Allen

      January 12, 2021 at 9:55am

      I won’t lie: It was one of my favorites. I think Charlie would have said, “Save that recipe.” 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      January 12, 2021 at 1:38pm

      You got something against chicken? Hard to make coq au vin without chicken….

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      Marian Allen

      January 13, 2021 at 8:18am

      It sure was good! Coq au vin doesn’t call for white beans, but they were in the soup, so in they went. They added a creaminess that I liked very much.

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  1. joey

    January 12, 2021 at 5:59pm

    Genius resourceful dining, sounds and looks delicious!

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      Marian Allen

      January 13, 2021 at 8:23am

      Thanks! There’s a show on Netflix called Best Leftovers Ever, and I tried watching it, but it irritated me because the judges told them what to use and what kind of dish to finish with. Bleh. No fun.

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      • acflory

        January 13, 2021 at 3:54pm

        No fun at all. As a teaching tool it may have got a lot of people cooking with leftovers, but the fun is in the discovery. And the eating, although that is always a wee bit of a gamble. 😀

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          Marian Allen

          January 14, 2021 at 9:05am

          LOL! Ain’t that the sad truth? When the judges challenge the contestants to take the leftovers they’re given and make comfort food, I’m like, “Soup, duh!”

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          • acflory

            January 14, 2021 at 4:07pm

            lol – soup is the panacea for all ills. 😀

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