The leaves have changed colors and there’s a chill in the air. You know what that means, don’t you? When the weather gets like this, I say “It’s time for soup!”

When it’s rainy and wet outdoors, I often like to stay home, wear my tattered sweats and a t-shirt, be cozy and put a pot of soup on my stove. But if I’m missing some ingredients, then it’s a bust and that moment of inspiration is gone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t decided what you want to make yet because when you have some staples on hand, you have a base and will still be able to have something simmering in your soup pot.

Here’s a list of a few non perishable items that I love to keep on hand:

  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Low sodium vegetable stock. I also keep a box of organic vegetable cubes (you just add boiling water to it) that have no msg and less sodium.
  • Chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans, navy beans (pick your favorites). I stock a can or two of each; if you use dried beans, some varieties have to be soaked overnight first.
  • Grains like pearl barley and bulgar
  • Pasta and rice
  • Dried herbs

I think that this is a great starting point! Start sifting through your recipes and add the ingredients needed to your grocery list. On Monday I’ll be posting one of my family’s favorite soup recipe – be sure to look for it:)

As always, I’d love to hear from you!
What are some of your favorite soup staples to keep on hand? Please share them in the comments below!!

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