What to do when the leftovers start disappearing and one has not made the soup! When, the ingredients change and you do not end up with what you thought....the orzo disappeared, the spinach had its own private trip, but the chicken remained! I seem to be good at falling back and regrouping.
Today is Saturday Soup Swappers and I was challenged to use up my leftovers! One or more of the soup's ingredients was to be leftover from another meal. For me the count went from three to one! Today's theme was selected by Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories. Thank you, for reminding me that leftovers do not have to be an exact repeat of a previous meal and that improvising can be a good thing.
Leftover Chicken, Pasta and Leek Soup
2 cups chicken pieces
2 leeks, cleaned and sliced into half moons
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 can diced tomatoes
1 large potato peeled and diced into small cubes
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup water, plus additional if needed
1 sprig rosemary, leaves striped, finely chopped
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 cups noodles or any small pasta
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
In a large pot heat one tablespoon butter and olive oil. When hot, add the leeks, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables soften. Add the can of tomatoes, chicken, potato, beans, chicken broth and water. Stir. Allow to simmer until the potato has started to soften. Add additional liquid if needed. Add the pasta and cook on medium until softened. Taste the broth. We found that the addition of a bouillion cube enhanced the flavor.
Add a splash of sherry vinegar and serve.
The Saturday Soup Swappers is a group of bloggers brought together by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm. The group gets together on the third Saturday of the month to share soups or stews based on a theme selected by one of the members. If you are interested in joining in on the fun, follow the link above for more information. All are welcome!
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