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36 Quick Soups

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Experienced cooks know that a well-stocked kitchen can yield dinner on most weeknights. That is especially true when it comes to soups.

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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

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.

CANNED TOMATOES
Tomato (Sorta) Mediterranean Style
Tomato With an Indian Twist
Tomato With a Mexican Twist

SWEET POTATOES
Sweet Potato-Apple Puree
Sweet Potato Hummus
Sweet Potato-Coco Loco

CANNED WHITE BEANS
Bean 'n' Bacon
White Bean and Roasted Pepper Puree
White Beans and Greens

Aliza Green

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.

CANNED BLACK BEANS
Velvety Black Bean Puree With Sherry
Southwest Black Bean
Chunky Cuban Black Bean

FROZEN WHITE CORN KERNELS
Zucchini, Corn and Tomato
Pennsylvania Dutch Corn and Potato Chowder
Northwest Salmon and Corn Chowder

DRIED MUSHROOMS
Italian Clam and Porcini Mushroom
Hungarian Mushroom
Shiitake Mushroom Hot & Sour

Domenica Marchetti

DOMENICA MARCHETTI wrote today's Food section feature on chowders. She can be reached at domenica@domenicacooks.com.

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS SHE LIKES TO HAVE ON HAND: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, dried porcini mushrooms, smoked Spanish paprika.

CANNED CHICKPEAS
Chickpea and Chestnut
Chickpea and Pasta With Rosemary
Cream of Chickpea and Shrimp

COCONUT MILK
Virginia Peanut With Coconut Milk
Chicken-Coconut
Spicy Butternut Squash and Coconut

PASTINA
Pasta and Potato With Paprika
Pastina in Chicken Broth
Quick Minestrone

Mitchell Davis

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.

FROZEN PEAS
Chunky Potato Pea
Minty Pea
Mediterranean Pea

ISRAELI COUSCOUS
Lemony Spinach With Couscous
Couscous and Mushroom
Minestrone

FROZEN SHRIMP
Shrimp and Egg Drop
Curried Shrimp and Tomato
Shrimp Chowder


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