Instant Chunky Soup

Philippines
June 2, 2017 6:14am CST
There were only 3 small potatoes and 1/4 kilo (250g) of presauteed ground (minced) pork. At first, I wanted to simply cook it in soy sauce, and maybe add liver spread/liver pate, but I would have to walk to the sari-sari store to buy one can, and didn't feel like doing so. As the minutes ticked by, I was still undecided because I felt it won't be enough. I glanced at the pantry and realized I could make soup instead. I started heating a carton of beef stock and dumped the garlic, onion, ginger and pork in it. I added a can of diced tomatoes, the potatoes, and the small piece of squash from the fridge. When they were tender, I added a can of creamed corn, ground pepper, laurel leaf, a cube of beef bouillon, the leftover tomato paste someone put in the freezer, and some water. It felt like the parable of the barley loaves and fishes - from 3 small potatoes and some ground pork to a pot of chunky soup. It felt good to use up all the odds and ends in the kitchen. After eating this soup with buttered bread (pandesal), I saw the wrinkled sweet potatoes in the basket. I'll try to add them to other dishes next time. Ingredients: garlic, onion, ginger, 1/4 kg or 250g ground (mince) pork, carton of beef stock, can of diced tomatoes, diced potatoes, diced squash, can of creamed corn, ground pepper, laurel leaf, cube of beef bouillon, tomato paste and water.
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13 responses
@much2say (39824)
• United States
2 Jun 17
It's a good feeling to create something yummy out of this and that. I think we have a few small sweet potatoes we need to use up too!
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• Philippines
2 Jun 17
i try to stick to first in, first out, and i make sure the ingredients are just right. i don't like opening cans, pouches and packs then leaving half or a quarter. but the others do and it's there for days so i find ways to use them up.
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@much2say (39824)
• United States
10 Jun 17
@hereandthere I try to do that too, first in/out . . . but sometimes food gets lost/hidden as I have forgotten about it .
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• Philippines
10 Jun 17
@much2say the fridge was stuffed for a few days earlier this week. others have been doing the cooking, which is good, since it's their stuff they put in there anyway.
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@prashu228 (25797)
• India
2 Jun 17
Soup sounds delicious..
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• Philippines
5 Jun 17
yes, it was.
@GardenGerty (100474)
• United States
2 Jun 17
Great way to eat well and save money.
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• Philippines
2 Jun 17
i don't cook much, but i like it when i'm able to use up stuff lying around.
@thelme55 (14722)
• Germany
6 Jul 17
Yummy. Now I am getting hungry
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• Philippines
6 Jul 17
when we have soup, i eat it with toasted, buttered bread. skip the rice.
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@thelme55 (14722)
• Germany
6 Jul 17
@hereandthere that's what I do too.
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• Philippines
6 Jul 17
@thelme55 but i have family members who will eat rice with anything and everything!
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@m_audrey6788 (13664)
• Philippines
2 Jun 17
Oh I also cook simple soup like chicken soup with carrots and potatoes
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• Philippines
5 Jun 17
i like adding vegetables to soup, so it's not just liquid.
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• Philippines
6 Jun 17
@hereandthere ..Nice..
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@Nawsheen (23067)
• Mauritius
2 Jun 17
Glad to hear that you managed to make a great soup. The way you described you cooked it makes me want to taste this soup
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• Philippines
2 Jun 17
i don't really like cooking, but what i don't like even more is seeing a little of this, a little of that that's not being used up for days now, so we either make soup or pasta.
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@Nawsheen (23067)
• Mauritius
2 Jun 17
@hereandthere thats a good thing actually
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@acelawrites (11804)
• Philippines
2 Jun 17
It is really good to be creative in the kitchen; you can save a lot by using whatever is available in the pantry.
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• Philippines
2 Jun 17
i don't like it seeing ingredients that are "alanganin" so i use them all to make soup or pasta.
@shivamani10 (11228)
• Hyderabad, India
2 Jun 17
I think potatoes will change the taste of this soup. Is it not?
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• Philippines
2 Jun 17
i think the sweet potato would make it sweeter.
@ShifaLk (7480)
• India
6 Jun 17
Heyyy wow...yum
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@LadyDuck (163963)
• Switzerland
2 Jun 17
So you left out the potatoes after all. There is always a way to use potatoes.
• Philippines
2 Jun 17
i did use the potatoes, but i should have added the sweet potatoes, too.
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@LadyDuck (163963)
• Switzerland
2 Jun 17
@hereandthere Oh, I see, we do not eat sweet potatoes.
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• Philippines
2 Jun 17
@LadyDuck it's pretty common here. some eat boiled sweet potatoes when they're dieting, as a substitute for white rice.
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• Philippines
3 Jun 17
Kitchen ingenuity! I also learned to whip up my own soup recipes by making do with whatever ingredients I have in the fridge and in the cupboards. I'm happy when I'm able to make something out of leftovers.
@ridingbet (55961)
• Philippines
3 Jun 17
wow, you should be a competitor, should there be a Pinoy Master Chef here in our country. well done, as what chef Gordon Ramsay says.
@jstory07 (68331)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Jun 17
That soup really sounded good. Did you enjoy it.