Our fridge is looking mighty bare since we’ve returned from vacation, but a grocery run was not in the plan for yesterday. Instead, I took advantage of the cooler weather and threw together a soup using random odds and ends from the fridge, cupboards, and freezer. I actually really love garbage soups. They use up leftovers and are totally customizable. Here’s what went in to ours:
- 2c. cooked chickpeas from the freezer
- 1 1/4c. dried lentils
- 1 1/4c. dried pearl barley
- 1/3c. tomato paste
- 5 cubes potato puree baby food that Leo never liked
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- minced garlic (I like to be heavy handed with the garlic)
- oregano, cumin, salt, cayenne
I sauteed the carrots and onion in a generous amount of olive oil, adding in the garlic a few minutes later. Then I dumped in the rest of the ingredients along with 6+ cups of water, brought it to a boil, and simmered it for an hour. Topped with nutritional yeast and served with a side of cornbread. Easy, filling and gives us leftovers for our oh-so-bare refrigerator!
What’s your favorite kind of soup?