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Poor Surfer Soup

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Today was a pretty gloomy day by Southern California standards. So gloomy in fact, that my orthodontist told me “she had to turn her windshield wipers on the automatic setting (not just flicking them on yourself every time you get a few drops on your windshield).” She described it as “raining cats and dogs,” which I found hilarious. I know my New England peeps had some snow last week… and for that I’m sorry.

Getting my braces tightened (I got baby blue bands this time), plus  having some “nasty” weather put me in a soup mood. Homemade soup is so easy to make and tastes way better than canned. I call this “Poor Surfer Soup” because it is ridiculously cheap to make. There is no meat, and nothing that is hard to find in the store. You probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry already. I’m not going to say that this is the most creative or impressive dish, but it is really tasty and filling.

This is a perfect soup to have right before you take a nap on the porch futon, snuggled up with Hunter under a blanket.


Poor Surfer Soup


  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery with leaves, washed and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch or so pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • EVOO
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup pasta (your choice, I used mini rotinis)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large stockpot drizzled with EVOO to coat bottom, saute onion, garlic, celery, carrots, thyme and bay leaf over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Add beans and simmer for 20 mins over med-low heat, stirring every so often.
  4. Add pasta and cook for amount directed on box (it was only 5 minutes for mine), while simmering. (May have to add a minute or two more until pasta is tender)
  5. When pasta is done, remove from heat and add parsley, season with salt and pepper to finish.
  6. Eat soup and take nap immediately afterwards.

My rescue boxador, Hunter. So in love with this guy!


Author: The SEA SALT

Cooking and surfing in Southern California

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