Almost anything can be turned into a satisfying bowl of soup. So long as you have the basics - stock, veggies and salt and pepper - you can whip up a delicious, spoon-able supper.
Which makes it an ideal way to use up leftovers, especially anything with veggies, beans and/or grains.
Just look in your fridge - chances are last night’s meal can be magicked into an entirely different dish.
Here are a few ideas to get your started...
Roast dinner soup
Cover roast potatoes, parsnips and boiled veg - cauliflower, carrots, broccoli etc - with a little stock. Boil and then simmer for 10 minutes before blending.
You can make a vegetarian version, or use a chicken carcass to make stock and stir in strips of leftover roast chicken before serving.
Check out this roast dinner soup at Recipe This, which even includes Yorkshire puds.
Leftover Thai chicken soup
Whip up a spicy, tangy Thai chicken soup with leftover roast meat. Or throw in the rest of last night’s takeaway. Veggies, noodles, chicken and prawns will come back to life with stock and perhaps an extra pinch of chilli flakes.
Minestrone in minutes
Stews, casseroles and slow-cooker marvels filled with beans and veg can easily be transformed into a classic minestrone.
Throw them into stock with a little tomato purée and simmer for 15-20 minutes. You can even add leftover cooked pasta - and if it’s mixed with a tomato-ey sauce, all the better.
Use this minestrone recipe by Sainsbury's as a guide.
Blend leftover vegetable curry with a can of coconut milk for a fabulously fragrant soup with minimal effort.
Empty that bag of frozen peas (or even cooked peas from last night’s supper) into a pot sizzling with sautéed onions or leeks, along with stock, fresh mint and any other greenery.
A tomato classic
Cook up tinned tomatoes with onions, garlic and herbs, blend and stir in the scrapes of that pesto jar in your fridge door. This is a great way to repurpose leftover arrabiata pasta sauce.
Still some left in that tub of sour cream or crème fraîche? Stir that in for a luxurious touch.
Mash it up
Yep, you can even make soup from leftover mashed potatoes. And it could well be the creamiest, most satisfying bowl you’ve ever had. Check out this mashed potato soup recipe by Noble Pig.
Use your loaf
Stale bread is a key ingredient of the classic Italian dish ribollita. In fact, it’s the key ingredient, giving the soup its unctuous texture.
You can throw in leftover cooked veg and tinned beans too. Check out this stale bread soup recipe by Simple Provisions.
Sauté onions or leeks, add tinned sweetcorn and fish stock and simmer for 10 minutes before blitzing. Then flake in leftover cooked fish, maybe stirring in some cream for extra silkiness.
Throw in cooked potatoes, carrots, parsley and diced tomatoes too, if you have them.
A little chilli
A classic or veggie chilli can be reborn as a hearty soup just by throwing in an extra can or two of chopped tomatoes and a little stock or water before reheating.
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