Basic leftovers get thrown into a pot for a tasty and wholesome winter soup in minutes.
On hot and lazy evenings when I really cannot be bothered doing much cooking, I whip up a batch of soup. Often my go-to recipe is Minestrone, which I adore for two reasons: I’m obsessed with Italian food, and Minestrone means a chance to clear the fridge of leftovers. If you had a chance to read my post about OzHarvest, you’ll understand how determined I am to reduce my own personal wastage, and advocate tips and strategies. For this reason, I have now introduced the new “Up-cycled Food” link, under “Recipes”, at the top of the website. Simply click this box for great recipes that you can make with your leftovers. I made this soup with Mum a couple of days ago using practically anything we could. Leftover sausages from Saturday’s brekkie, roast veggies from dinner, and chicken and corn from Sunday’s lunch. It’s quick, simple, satisfying, and essentially a free meal.
Prep time 5 mins | Cooking time 15 mins | Serves 6-8
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 200g brown onions, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 200g can chopped tomatoes
- 100g leftover cooked sausages, sliced
- 100g leftover roast vegetables, chopped into 2 cm pieces
- 100g leftover chicken, chopped into 2 cm pieces
- 100g leftover boiled corn, stripped from the cob
- 200g spiral pasta (optional)
- 1 cup cold water
- Crusty bread, to serve
Heat the oil in a heavy based casserole pan over a medium flame. Add the onions and garlic and stir until the onions are lightly browned. Then simply add the chopped tomatoes and the sausages, vegetables, chicken and corn, or 400g of the leftovers of your choice. Cook stirring for 5 minutes until it has come together. Top with cold water and bring to the boil.
Add the pasta at this stage, if you are using it, and cook for the duration stated on the packet, until al dente. Season to taste. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot with bread.
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Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,