Cook's Hideout: Refrigerator Soup

March 03, 2014

Refrigerator Soup

Blogging Marathon# 38: Week 1/ Day 1 
Theme: Soup or Salad with Sides 
Dish: Refrigerator Soup with Zucchini Tortilla/ Omelette 
It's time for another blogging marathon, BM# 38 and my theme for this week is 'Soup or Salad with Sides'. Valli wants us to pair soups or salads with a side dish. So for the first day I made a very simple soup. 'Very simple' is the key word here, you might actually feel cheated when you read the recipe, it is THAT simple.
March is already here, but winter with bitter cold decided to stick around for a little too long this year in our neck of woods. This season's 13th storm is on its way as I type this post -- but thankfully it's only going to 1~2" of snow instead of the 8~12" as predicted.
Refrigerator Soup
With that weather report, you know why I have a soup recipe today. That too a super simple one. I was watching the Rachael Ray show the other day and saw Jacques Pepin make his refrigerator soup. It sounded so comforting and perfect to eat in this weather, so I made it the very next day with whatever veggies I had in the fridge.

Refrigerator Soup
One of the amazing thing about this soup is you can use any veggies you have left in the fridge. Soup can also be thickened with just about anything -- polenta, couscous, oats etc. All you need to do is experiment with the soup and find the best combination you like.
Refrigerator Soup

Ingredients: Serves 2~3
Water - 3cups
Bouillon Cube - 1 (I used a no salt added-vegan bouillon)
Zucchini - 1 medium, chopped
Carrot - 1 small, finely chopped
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Spinach - 2~3 cups, chopped
Lettuce - 1~2 cups, chopped
Polenta - 2tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Cheese - to serve (optional)
Butter - to serve (optional)

  • In a medium sauce pan, bring the water to a boil. Add the bouillon cube and all the vegetables; simmer for 4~5 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
  • Stir in the polenta (or any other starch that you are using) and simmer for 3~4 minutes or until the grains are cooked.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese and stir in butter (if using) and serve hot.
I served the soup with zucchini tortilla/ omelette for a complete meal.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 38.


  1. wow very inviting soup and such an healthy combo of veggies :) perfect for the chilly weather !!

  2. Yummy soup and love the smokey click

  3. Most of my soups are made this way only :) Lovely concept.

  4. Love that steaming soup click pavani!! Looks very warm and hearty!! :)

  5. The name of the soup itself is very attractive, inviting bowl..

  6. Very wonderful soup , love to sip some from that bowl......

  7. Yuumy soup, very tasty and appealing soup

  8. love it.. looks so comforting and inviting!!

  9. Wow beautiful pictures and a wonderful soup pavani...that surely makes a complete meal..

  10. Such a simple soup and gorgeously presented!

  11. Sounds so simple and looks delicious.

  12. a great way to use leftover veggies

  13. Soup looks delicious. Simple to prepare too. Love it.


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