Here's what I had on hand:
- leftover meatballs
- about a quarter of a jar of spaghetti sauce
- small bowl of mac & cheese with peas
- half of an onion
- about a quarter of a bag of frozen peas and carrots
- a freezer container full of leftover veggie broth-about 4 cups (each time I steam veggies, I carefully save the broth in a freezer container. I just keep adding to it until it's full. It makes a wonderfully flavored broth. I laughed as a new bride and my mom suggested this. Sorry, Mom! Now I'm starting to learn.:-))
- 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes
- about a 1/2 cup of mixed dried split peas and lentils
- spices-oregano, basil and thyme
- water to thin to a good soup consistency
When the dried peas were soft and pretty much ready, I added the meatballs and leftover cooked pasta, plus a little water so it wasn't so thick. I also added the spices at this time.I continued to simmer the soup until it was all heated through and we were ready to eat!
I sprinkled each serving with the last shreds of mozzarella cheese from the bottom of the bag and served the steaming bowls of soup with homemade wheat bread.
I don't know what was better-the delicious soup or knowing that this soup was almost "free" because I used up all sorts of leftovers that some people would have just thrown out!
You can do this too. Just gather items you have on hand-some kind of cooked meat, cooked pasta, rice or potatoes, assorted veggies, spices and ingredients for whatever kind of broth you want. This takes some trial and error-some will turn out better than others, but don't despair. You can do this!
So look in your refrigerator today: You just might have everything you need for a yummy one-of-a-kind soup!