Easy Leftover Soup

Posted by Nikki Brown on February 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It has been so cold the last few days here in Atlanta and for me nothing says comfort food like SOUP!  

Let me start by saying..."you can cook"!  This leftover soup is what was in my fridge (literally). Do not hesitate to change a view ingredients, add a few or omit a few.  Making soup can be one of the easiest things to do!!

This particular soup includes...

leftover black beans

leftover black eyed peas

leftover ham (diced)

Leftover bacon (about 2 stripes diced)

Leftover baked potato (chunked or diced)

1 can of corn

1 can of tomato puree

Seasonings --- salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder or real onion, 2 tbsp. butter, 2 tbsp. brown sugar

That's's that easy.  Clean out your fridge and throw it all in a stockpot.  Here are my tips to "making it work"....

1. Use like items that you would normally put together in a meal.

2. Use like seasonings. For example, if the ingredients leftover in your fridge are like mine then you will be seasoning the tomato puree.  You might need to add a little water to thin out the soup. When I use tomatoes, I always add a couple of tbsp. of butter and a couple of tbsp. of brown sugar.  Use salt, pepper and garlic powder in EVERYTHING.  And of course add about a 1/2 cup of diced onion if you have it.

3. Example #2, if you have left over chicken and a few vegetables, throw those in a pot for the start of Chicken soup. Then throw in leftover pasta or rice.  Add chicken stock or even a can of cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom...whatever you have on hand). Remember we talked about seasonings so for chicken soup I always add Montreal Chicken Seasoning.

4. Example #3, use your left over chicken or ground beef to make Taco Soup.  Add whatever ingredients remind you of your favorite mexican dish.  Corn, green peppers, onions, rice, avacado, chicken broth, tomatoes, cilantro. Ok now for seasonings.  For Taco Soup you can use a taco flavor packet or you can add garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin and of course salt and pepper. Don't make the rules in your kitchen.  

5. You can't make it wrong!  It is your soup, made to your liking. So add more veggies, less veggies, pasta, no pasta.  Just trust yourself and enjoy the freedom to add whatever ingredients you like.

BE BRAVE and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Happy Soup Day!


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Reply Christa the BabbyMama
9:14 AM on February 16, 2012 
Nice! I am envious of people who can do this. I know, I know, you say I can cook, too, but you don't live near enough to me to make that happen ;) It's not that I can't follow a recipe - I just don't feel comfortable in the kitchen except when baking. It's not... enjoyable exactly.

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