36 Quick Soups
Experienced cooks know that a well-stocked kitchen can yield dinner on most weeknights. That is especially true when it comes to soups.
We asked some of our favorite cooks to start with their three favorite pantry items, match them with ingredients they usually have on hand and devise recipes that take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Each requires a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Pantry/fridge/freezer items are marked in bold. Our contributors came up with a total of 36 quick soups. That should be more than enough to see you through the rest of whatever cold weather we're having.
-- Bonnie S. Benwick
KIM O'DONNEL writes A Mighty Appetite, washingtonpost.com's food blog. Her "Kitchen Witch" column appears in the Atlanta newsweekly Creative Loafing.
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS SHE LIKES TO HAVE ON HAND: cumin seeds (toasted), chipotle en adobo, toasted pumpkin seeds.
ALIZA GREEN, a Philadelphia-based food writer, chef and culinary instructor, is the author of "Starting With Ingredients" (Running Press, 2006).
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS SHE LIKES TO HAVE ON HAND: Korean red pepper flakes, dried oregano on the branch, Japanese curry powder.
DOMENICA MARCHETTI wrote today's Food section feature on chowders. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS SHE LIKES TO HAVE ON HAND: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, dried porcini mushrooms, smoked Spanish paprika.
MITCHELL DAVIS , vice president of the James Beard Foundation, is the author of "Kitchen Sense" (Clarkson Potter, 2006).
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS HE LIKES TO HAVE ON HAND: trahana (Greek pasta), pancetta and dried porcini mushrooms.