ffwD: Spur-of-the-Moment Vegetable Soup

After making this week’s ffwD assignment, I understood why Dorie labeled the soup “spur-of-the-moment”. As soon as the urge arises for something warm and comforting to eat, you can chop up “staple” vegetables, saute them for 15 minutes, and then simmer them in broth for another 20, producing an absolutely delicious soup with minimal effort. The recipe is open to interpretation because any available vegetables you have can be thrown in as well.

The only downside for me making this again is that I rarely have these “staple” vegetables (celery, carrots, and potatoes) on hand, which are the basis for this soup. So, “spur-of-the-moment” it’s not. However, I was able to purchase a pre-assembled bag of “stew and soup vegetables”, which included celery sticks, baby carrots, five small red potatoes, and half an onion! I just chopped everything in the bag and tossed them into the soup. I followed Dorie’s suggestion and pureed a bit of the soup for a velvety, almost chowder-like texture (sans the cream), but I also left part of the soup chunky to see the soup’s ingredients as well. As a garnish, I mixed in some shredded cheddar cheese, similar to a baked potato soup.

This spur-of-them-moment vegetable soup was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 09:04:58

    I don’t usually have carrots or potatoes on hand either…but I loved that you could get away with whatever you have.
    Finding the veggie mix at the store sounds like a great time (and resource) saver.

  2. kitchen flavours
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 09:05:07

    This looks delicious! Would be nice to a have some crusty bread to mop up the creamy soup! Lovely!

  3. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 09:50:11

    I too just find what I can when I make a one pot recipe such as soup! Mmmm, this would be perfect today here in MI! Have a great weekend!

  4. Baking is my Zen
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 10:10:09

    I’ll get a spoon… ;D


  5. Three-Cookies
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 10:13:08

    Is it really spur of the moment soup? Looks far too elegant

  6. saffronandhoney
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 10:19:18

    Hearty and delicious!

  7. Jennifer B.
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 11:27:05

    I love the idea of pureeing only some of the soup. The best of both worlds!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 12:09:29

    I like to leave some chunks in my soup too for texture. This weekend is going to be super cold, so we’re going to have some soup too! Have a great weekend!

  9. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 12:42:45

    This looks absolutely fabulous!

  10. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 13:44:34

    You have presented this soup beautifully 🙂
    Looks yum!

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 14:23:21

    Love your soup:) It looks delicious.

  12. nana
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 14:54:56

    That’s a great idea using stew and soup veggies. Makes like easier all around.
    Your soup looks so inviting especially with some of the vegetables kept chunky.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Cakelaw
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 17:15:34

    LOL, I am with you – this was definitely not “spur of the moment”, as I don’t normally have these veges lying around the house either.

  14. teaandscones
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 17:17:31

    Ditto. Pureed some so I could have chunks in a thicker soup. I like the cheese idea.

  15. Norma Chang
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 18:50:55

    This is my kind of soup. I just go to the garden and gather what is available and into the pot they go.

  16. Carine
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 19:06:04

    Yummy soup in a beautiful plate 🙂

  17. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 20:42:18

    Ooh, I love your addition of shredded cheese! And I’ll have to try pureeing just some of the soup like you did 🙂

  18. betsy
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 21:00:09

    Looks perfect for the season even if it couldn’t be spur of the moment.

  19. Elaine
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 21:06:25

    Great idea to puree part of your soup. It looks hearty and perfect for this time of year.

  20. libishski
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 02:07:20

    Wow, that looks so healthy and hearty!

  21. My Kitchen Stories
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 05:31:34

    It looks very very nice.

  22. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 11:42:34

    I love this idea.. I’ve always got veggies that are a little “under the weather” in my fridge, this is a great way to use them up!!

  23. Parsley Sage
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 13:09:28

    Great soup! I always keep a bag of frozen stew veggies in the fridge for soup day 🙂

  24. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 16:09:06

    Delicious soup! Would love a nice crusty bread with it. Perfect meal for me.

  25. Ronda
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 18:11:59

    I am always looking for a fast soup recipe! Looks tasty!

  26. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 18:44:22

    This is one hearty last minute soup… so many elements of goodness peaking through!

  27. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 19:29:22

    Great veggie soup! Always one of my favorites 🙂

  28. Bam's Kitchen
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 21:34:55

    A very hearty soup. That is what is great about making soups, as you can really use anything you have in the refrigerator. Great way to clean out the Fridge. Take care, BAM

  29. Tandy
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 00:37:28

    I would also have to go shopping for the ingredients 🙂

  30. Three Well Beings
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 00:38:41

    It’s finally soup weather where I live! I need fast and nutritious and this sounds like a winner! I love to take good soup for lunch during the work week! 🙂

  31. SHOP épique
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 02:39:11

    wow your soup looks totally delicious!
    would you like to follow each other?

  32. kitchen therapy
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 04:45:24

    I really like the texture of your soup, looks hearty and comforting!

  33. Beth
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 05:23:39

    Your soup looks gorgeous, and so is your soup bowl! What a delicious fall recipe.

  34. Jasline
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 07:12:49

    Mmmm chunky, creamy soup… looks absolutely delicious and comforting!

  35. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 09:18:45

    I love the title Spur of the Moment. My whole life is like that I think. 🙂 Soup looks delicious!

  36. rebecca
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 09:26:25

    looks great and what a lovely bowl

  37. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 10:03:31

    Very hearty looking!

  38. Audrey Allure
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 10:48:31

    Mmm sounds great!

  39. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 11:39:02

    I like soups with pieces of vegetables 🙂 looks delicious!

  40. cquek
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 12:04:57

    These sound terrific and they look great.

  41. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 12:24:19

    I like the idea of pureeing just some of the soup!

  42. Jessica
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 16:36:48

    looks delicious and healthy!


  43. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 18:38:12

    Those soup and stew kits are a lifesaver sometimes! We have sofrito kits and sancocho kits in the supermarket. The sancocho one is especially cool, it has both aromatics and root vegetables to make the hearty beef and veggie soup of the same name.

  44. Arthur in the Garden!
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 19:34:26

    Nice! And on these chilly nights soup is always a good choice!

  45. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 19:34:32

    It looks so creamy and yummy – hard to believe there’s no cream in it!

  46. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 20:06:37

    Looks very rich and delicious for a simple soup–and perfect for fall!

  47. Ryan
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 20:08:35

    This looks so warm and comforting! A perfect cold weather soup. I rarely have celery and carrots on hand too although they form the basis for so many soups and sauces. It’s hard for us to use them up before they go bad with just 2 people in the house– buying the pre-chopped kit is a great idea!

  48. Hotly Spiced
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 23:59:53

    A hearty soup like this is so perfect when the weather is cooler. This looks very warming indeed xx

  49. squishymonster
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 00:00:51

    I love when things that are spur-of-the-moment turn out so deliciously!

  50. eatinglikeahorse
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 00:49:05

    I’m not a huge fan of soup – but this looks so substantial and delicious… I like the idea of just chucking it all in too!

  51. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 14:14:14

    for spare of the moment that soup looks down right amazing

  52. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 15:28:17

    I love the idea of pureeing part of the soup. It does resemble a baked potato soup but alot healthier! 🙂

  53. Ameena
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 19:24:48

    Spur of the moment pretty much describes all of my meals…this looks way better than anything I’ve come up with though!

  54. Mary Hirsch
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 20:05:25

    I’m like you, I generally do not have much fresh produce “on hand”. The cooking-for-one dilemma. Since I hate to throw out spoiled fruits and veggies, I buy to use promptly. But, the grocery stores are close by so it works. Liked your soup and it seemes to be thicker than mine which I like. I think I needed to leave mine chunkier. Nice.

  55. Sara
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 00:11:26

    Love this soup – love that it’s creamy with no actual cream. And what a cool soup bag to be able to buy – super handy!

  56. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:51:51

    wow this soup look so comforting and yummy…I usually have potatoes on hand but not celery or carrot…guess it’s not that staple for me either..

  57. Alice
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 09:54:51

    we added cheese to ours too and it was delicious!

  58. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 11:00:15

    This looks so comforting and perfect for the cold weather. Looks absolutely delicious.

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