Every week (or just about) I make this soup with leftovers from what I’ve cooked the few days before. I call it “pantry soup” because it’s something you can use almost anything in your pantry for, and super simple to make. Usually, I take whatever leftover meat (grilled chicken in this case, but feel free to use grilled pork, leftover steak, or keep it vegetarian and leave out the meat which I do as well sometimes) and add it to a plethora of vegetables and seasonings from my freezer/pantry and serve it over cornbread. It’s super simple and very good! Even my very picky 1 year old loves it.
Chopped up leftover meat (or none if you’re doing meat free)
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 potato chopped (in this case I used a sweet potato, but I also use red potato, purple potato, or whatever is in my pantry and desperately needs to be cooked before it goes bad)
1 bag of frozen vegetables (in this recipe I used a bag of mixed frozen veggies, but use whatever you’ve got. If you have baby carrots in the fridge chop those babies up and throw in a can of corn. Use whatever you have!)
1 can of beans – do not drain prior to putting in soup – (I used Great Northern Beans here, but use pinto, black, etc.)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chiles
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp cumin powder (optional for smoky flavor)
1 chicken bouillon cube
About 3 cups of water
Drizzle of olive oil
1. Throw your chopped onion, garlic salt, pepper to taste, and olive oil in a pot and saute on medium high for about 15 minutes. Then add chopped garlic and saute a few more minutes. Then add all your veggies in there.
2. Chop up your leftover meat and throw that in there as well. In this case, it was leftover grilled chicken.
3. Add your canned goods to your soup mix, Italian seasoning, cumin powder, chicken bouillon, and water. You want to use enough water that everything is covered by about 1/2 inch. Bring to a boil and let it simmer with the lid on for an hour before serving. I like to serve mine over cornbread and top with chopped green onions and Louisiana hot sauce! Yum!