With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Cleaning-Out-the-Fridge Soup

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cleaning-Out-the-Fridge Soup

 Frugality meets nutritious and delicious.
You can make a great pot of soup using up left-overs and staples from your pantry all while keeping your fridge free of ghastly discoveries that come from foods left too long.

Here is what I had left from the pot of soup after two medium-sized bowl were eaten.

So, before your carrots grow roots and your celery goes limp, the onions start sprouting and your leftovers mold, pull out a pot, chopping knife and cutting board and see what yummy soup you can come up with.
Cleaning-Out-the-Fridge Soup


3 carrots, peeled and chopped 
3 celery stalks, chopped 
1 medium onion, chopped 
2 tablespoons oil
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups stock/broth (chicken, beef, vegetable, homemade or store bought) 
1 28-ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes (cut up), or crushed tomatoes
1-2 (or more) teaspoons chili powder 
1/2-1 tsp. ground cumin 
1/8-1/4 tsp. black pepper 
salt (as needed)
1 Bay leaf
1 15 1/2-ounce can cannellini beans, navy beans, or beans of choice.
Chicken, beef, ham or other meat left over and cut into bite-size pieces (optional)
1/2-1 cup of (cooked or frozen) vegetables you have on hand like corn, green beans, snap peas, asparagus, etc.
1/2-1 cup cooked grain such as pasta, noodles, or rice can be added to the broth, if desired. 
Fresh parsley, chopped


Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium; add celery, onions and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook one minute more. And chicken stock, and tomatoes.

Stir in chili powder, cumin, black pepper and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, partially cover with lid tilted, simmer gently, 30-45 minutes.  Stir in beans, additional cooked vegetables, pasta, rice or noodles and meat if using.  If you have salad greens or fresh spinach in the bin, these can be added a few minutes before serving.

Stir in parsley, adjust the salt and pepper and you're done!

Remember, this is a use-what-you-have recipe, so it will look and taste slightly different depending of what goes into it.  If you roast a chicken earlier in the week, make stock from the carcass and save some of the meat for your soup (or use purchased stock).  If it is a beef roast, choose beef broth.  The soup is just as tasty with no meat at all. The flavor of the soup comes mainly from the tomatoes and the stock.  Use a good stock and all of the herbs and spices will just tweak the final results.

If you think your soup needs a flavor boost, add a bouillon cube or a tablespoon of ketchup. If it is thinner than you like, stir in some tomato paste.  

Fresh or dried herbs can be substituted for the chili powder and cumin.  


Ann said...

Looks good. Unfortunately far too much goes in to my refrigerator and spends longer in there than it should. With only two of us here we don't go through things fast enough. I'll have to try this soup

Nonnie said...

Thank you. I'm saving this. We love soup and I hate throwing things away.

Debby Ray said...

Love this idea and I'm sure it was quite yummy too!

Debbie Huffaker said...

Yum...love "Leftover" soup!

Adrienne said...

Your soup looks - and sounds - wonderfully delicious. I love things that just put together. I'm going to make some 'leftover' soup soon.

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Great idea! =)
Your soup sounds delicious!

Gypsy Heart said...

Looks delicious! My mother used to do this and it was always wonderful. She could honestly create a meal that was incredibly good when I thought there was nothing to eat. :)

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EMMA said...

Yum - love the star shaped pasta, really sets the dish off.

Debbie Petras said...

This looks so good. My husband is great at taking my leftovers and making something that tastes amazing. I'll have to share this with him. Of course, I pinned it to my soup Pinterest board.

Blessings and love,

Sue said...

This looks so delicious, Have done this for ever, but for some reason yours looks like it would taste better.~smile~ Love the hot biscuits too! have a great week,

Just a little something from Judy said...

How is it that my "refrigerator soup" and yours look so different? Great idea, although I am smiling as I think of what is in my refrigerator right now:) As always, I found inspiration here.

lindsey said...

We love homemade soup and usually use up what's hanging around in the fridge, this looks wonderful and I love the idea of the little pasta stars :)


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