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Soup 101

You can quickly make great soup out of any leftovers. It's a great way to clean out the bits and pieces in your fridge before they turn green and moldy. Make the basic broth, then add whatever you want, in any proportions: any amount of anything tastes great in a home-made soup.

Clean-the-Fridge Soup

3-4 servings
prep time: 5 minutes (to clean the fridge or chop any veggies)
cook time: 5-10 minutes

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (or one clove garlic, chopped)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or water with Better than Bouillon)
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies (raw or leftover)
  • 1/2 cup pre-cooked beans (or 1.4 cup cooked meat)
  • 1/2 cup leftover cooked pasta, brown rice, or bulgur
  1. Put oil and garlic in a large saucepan, and cook any raw veggies for about 5 minutes. If your veggies are already cooked, warm them for just a minute in the hot oil and garlic to give more depth and flavor to your soup.
  2. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Add any other ingredients and warm through.