There is something so satisfying about going to the store and spending next to nothing for everything you need for a good hearty meal (or two). For me, the ultimate embodiment of that is this soup recipe. What made me think of sharing this with you? Well, quite the opposite. Last weekend we decided to have a special Saturday night at home and cook a nice dinner for ourselves. On top of the fact that I am less than enticed by the restaurants we have tried since we’ve moved here, a fancy dinner at home usually costs as much as a cheap dinner out, so I usually prefer the at-home route when it’s all about the food (I realize that sometimes it is good to get out of the house for other reasons). We went to the fish store and got a bunch of shellfish and made a wonderful bouillabaisse. I was actually pretty sad that I couldn’t photograph any of it (it was way too dark) because it was absolutely delicious and felt like such a special meal (hopefully I will re-make it in the eventual future and share it here!).
I debated for a very long time whether to post this recipe. I made this soup for the first time before this blog existed. I got the recipe off of 101cookbooks.com and it was perfect. I ate it all week for lunch and didn’t get sick of it one bit. Beyond its deliciousness, there are so many things that I love about this recipe. First, it doesn’t call for any stock (I have still yet to find a vegetable stock that my boyfriend and I both like) but it is still incredibly flavorful (usually I have to add a lot of additional seasoning to make water based soup taste). Second, it’s hearty, warming and healthy feeling when you eat it. Last, I have most of the ingredients on hand at all times, so it’s a great recipe to have for a day that I don’t feel like going to the store.