“What’s in the Pantry?” Soup

There are times when you don’t know what to cook. During those times I look in the fridge or in the pantry and see if I get inspired.  This time I looked into the pantry and decided on a soup.  Janna liked it and encouraged me to put it on the blog so it is never forgotten. Enjoy!

"What's in the Pantry?" Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Steve Cylka


  • 5 pork chops
  • 3 cans of beans or veggies (I used a can of chick peas, a can of kidney beans and a can of corn)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 onions , diced
  • 6 cloves garlic , diced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilies
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 1 cup macaroni (barley or rice would work too!)


  • In a soup pot, add pork chops and bay leaves. Add lots of water (around 10 cups) and bring to a boil, for about an hour, to make a broth.
  • Remove pork chops and let cool.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except macaroni and parsley.
  • Let the soup cook at a low rolling boil for about an hour.
  • Take the meat off the pork chops, cutting into small pieces and put back into the soup. Finally, add the macaroni and parsley and cook for another half hour. Serve!


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

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