Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thrifted Soup? (Plus Writing Ops)

I often read or write about thrifted things like tea cups, furniture, clothes, etc. But can food be thrifted? I think today’s soup will be called Thrifted Soup!

I looked in the refrigerator this morning and saw leftover salsa from the weekend. It was not very spicy, and I wondered how I could recycle those tomatoes. Then I saw some mushrooms I forgot to cover, and they were pretty dried out. Hum. Sighting of pieces of lingering turkey sausage...I knew I was going to try to salvage this collection into soup.

I put onions, mushrooms, green pepper and a fistful of garlic to sweat in a wee tad of olive oil. I added a dash of Worcestershire, a can of chicken broth, and the salsa. A little bit of a sip…yep, tasting fine! Now what additions? Two potatoes, a piece of surplus chicken shredded, the turkey, a very wrinkled zucchini, and a dab of frozen corn. While getting the corn, I saw a cup of frozen dried peas from New Mexico that I had cooked in beef broth. Bingo, they would add to the soup.

Oh, with a little grated smoked Provolone tossed on top of each bowl, this soup made an impressive lunch today!

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irishoma said...

How creative!
Your post brought back memories. My dad used to throw vegetables into a stock pot and make the best soups.

Linda O'Connell said...

My husband calls your concoction Mustgo. Yours sounded yummy. Thanks for the writing tips.

BECKY said...

When I lived in Germany many, many years ago, my best friend (Army wife) used to make what she called "Garbage Stew"!! I never did like that name! Ewww...Yours is much better!
Thanks for the writing ops, too, Claudia!