Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Soup’s On


I love to cook. I especially love to cook for a crowd — brunch, dinner, bake sales — I’m not picky. And I love to cook with people. My fantasy is to one day have a big, wonderful-to-cook-in kitchen filled with friends cooking and laughing and eating (sort of like The Big Chill, without the suicide first).

Much as I love all of that, though, the reality of being a self-employed mom of many hobbies is that I don’t always have the time or energy to cook. Thus, I (like most of my kind) have favorite go-to recipes, sometimes considered “cheats” because they are thrown together with ingredients that are often ready-made themselves. Sort of like a recipe hack

This is my favorite cheat of late. Minimal prep work for maximum impact. This delicious soup is made by combining a couple different frozen seafood packages from Trader Joe’s with some canned, diced, organic tomatoes, and hot pepper flakes. That’s it! But it tastes so good when you want a hearty dish with a little kick. Paired with some homemade bread (5 minutes, people!) and a glass of wine and you’re set. 

I’ve served this many times and it’s always well received. Try it! Tell me what you think.
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s frozen Cioppino Seafood Stew
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s frozen Seafood Blend
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes
  • red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper 
Heat the cioppino sauce in a pan until it begins to simmer. Add the tomatoes and heat to a low boil. Add in all the seafood and cook through (about 12 minutes). Add pepper as desired.

Bon appetit.


BLOGitse said...

looks goooood!

greetings from Cairo, Egypt!

Strongrrl said...

Welcome, Cairo!

Wow, I apologize for teasing you with Trader Joe's when I'm guessing the nearest one is something like 10,000 miles away.

How did you find my site? I noticed you do a lot of photography, but didn't see a bio on your site. Where are you from originally? And how did you end up in Cairo?

Great to meet you.


Amy said...

I soooo wish we had Trader Joe's. I am hoping one of these days they will get around to putting one here. Right now I will just have to drool on my screen instead :)

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! ((hugs))