This And That Soup

AKA “Must-go’s…”

Every week I go through my refrigerator and freezer to see what needs to be used up. Usually I end up clearing out the refrigerator and make a one dish meal out of what I call the “must-go’s”, but this week I decided to also use up some small amounts of meat and chicken I had in the freezer that really wasn’t enough to make one meal out of unless I put it together… So I came up with what I’m calling “This and That Soup. Now, the good thing about this soup is that it will change every time I make it because I won’t always have the same ingredients that need to be used up. So it will be an interesting surprise. Here is what I did this week…

I had a small amount of homemade chicken soup, minus the noodles, in the freezer. It had some nice chunks of chicken meat in a rich garlic broth. I also had a small bag of beef stew meat.

I floured the beef stew meat and browned it on all sides in a small amount of oil.

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I removed the meat from the pan and deglazed the pan with extra dry Vermouth. You could use white wine if you don’t have Vermouth, but I love the taste the Vermouth gives the soup.

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I add the beef stew meat back into the pan along with the homemade chicken soup. Brought it to a boil then reduced to simmer until the broth started to thicken. I transferred the entire contents of the pan into a crock pot and added in a bag of Sweet Kale salad mix, without the dressing.

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I also had a green bell pepper, a small zucchini, some fresh broccoli and cauliflower that needed to go so I chopped them up and put them in the crock pot as well. Then I added fresh chopped thyme, rosemary and a plethora of spices such as: garlic, onion power, no salt seasoning, Chinese five spice, smoked paprika, ground ginger, red pepper flakes, celery flakes, curry powder, dry mustard, a packet of splenda, rice vinegar, A1 steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and some sesame oil… of course I don’t know how much of anything I just put some in, tasted and adjusedt as needed…

I set the crock pot on high and went about my day until around 4:30 when I cooked some Country Pasta wide egg pasta to serve the soup over. Oh, my, my, my… did our house ever smell gooooooooooood!!!

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When it was time to eat I served the soup over the noodles and served some saltine crackers on the side. YUMMMMMMM… The broth in the soup was absolutely delicious if I do say so myself. The meat was so tender, and the kale, and other vegetables were cooked just right. This was a one of a kind comfort food for sure, and it’s healthy!! I had the best time creating it and that’s why I love cooking. I’m already looking forward to next weeks ‘must-go” meal.  Who knows what I will come up with next… 🙂

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Stay Tuned!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katsbynp
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 21:46:47

    That soup looks delicious. You are very talented in putting your leftover together. I do put leftovers in a makeover recipe but love your idea of even using 2 meats. Thanks for sharing

    Reply

    • beyondcinderella
      Feb 12, 2014 @ 22:09:03

      Thanks Kathy, it was really good. It’s all just a matter of thinking outside the box and putting together things you love in a different way… I love the creativity of it all. 🙂

      Reply

  2. gotham girl
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 20:17:28

    Always love your this and thats!

    Reply

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