It’s the end of the week and chances are, your refrigerator is filled with a mishmash of leftovers from thoughout the week. Rice from Monday’s burritos, Tuesday’s green beans, a couple slices of pork loin from Wednesday and onion slices from last night’s hamburgers. Enough food to fill your refrigerator, but not enough food to complete a meal for your family. Or is it?
Here’s a recipe for a soup starter that works with almost any smattering of ingredients. Simply start with the soup base, throw in your leftovers, simmer for a while and ta-da, Leftover Soup is served! (Of course, there’s no need to tell anyone that it’s Leftover Soup; call it your “secret recipe” soup.)
Leftover Soup Starter Recipe
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs tomato paste
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
If using any raw vegetable ingredients (diced onions, chopped carrots, etc.), heat the oil in a large soup pot and saute the vegetables on medium-high heat for approximately 4 minutes, or until slightly tender. Add the tomato paste to the pot and cook, while stirring, for one minute. Add the chicken stock and water. (If you want to add uncooked pasta or grains to the soup, this is where you would do it. Add your pasta or grains, bring to a boil, then cover the pot and simmer until tender. Add leftover ingredients after the pasta/grains are cooked through.)
Now for the fun part — add your leftovers! Keeping the pot at medium-high heat, add leftover ingredients to the mix. Rice, pork, ground beef or turkey, cubed chicken, pasta, vegetables, spinach, beans, red potatoes… get creative! You can’t go too wrong, although I would probably avoid adding fruit. After adding your leftovers, bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer covered for 25 minutes. If adding fresh spinach or leafy greens, stir them into the soup 5 minutes before serving.
Yummy soup and a clean fridge. Enjoy!
Photo by Mickelodeon.