Leftovers Soup Recipe

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"Leftovers" Soup

Linda Stevens


Since I throw very little in the way of leftovers away and my hubby HATES leftovers, I am always looking for ways to use 1/2 cup of this and 1/2 cup of that.

Also during the holidays, I always seem to have plenty of leftover turkey. I can only eat so much turkey! But, I find it quite tasty when added to a soup made up of all the leftovers I have in the frig!

Here's my version of vegetable soup, using whatever happens to be available, w/o making a trip to the store - and it's good for you too!

The extra bonus is that it's a great thing to fix to shed those x-tra holiday pounds!

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30 Min


1 Hr 30 Min


1 1/2 c
celery, chopped
1 c
onion, chopped
16 oz
mixed vegetables, frozen
12 c
16 oz
great northern beans, canned
14 oz
diced tomatoes, canned
12 oz
turkey (leftover), chopped
2/3 c
butter beans, canned
1 c
carrots, chopped
15 oz
green beans, canned
15 oz
tomato sauce
3 clove
1 c
cabbage, shredded


1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
cumin, ground
1 tsp
marjoram, dried
1/2 tsp
oregano, dried
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
basil, dried
2 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Using whatever vegetables you have that are on the Weight Watcher's CORE/FILLING FOOD LIST, add 12 cups of water or fat free chicken or beef broth, plus all the seasonings/spices in large soup/stock pot.
Then begin to add the frozen/fresh vegetables, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. If you like your soup HOTTER, you may opt to use ROTEL instead of the plain diced tomatoes.
Note: to keep this soup as healthy as possible I would suggest that you shy away from the starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes. If you must have - a little goes a long way!
I use leftover turkey, ham, beef or chicken when I make this soup. Approx. 8-12 oz. (Just enough to say your soup has meat in it). Since the leftover meat is already cooked, I add it to the soup during the last 30 minutes of simmering so it doesn't dry out. Soup should simmer approx. 90 minutes to allow time for flavors to meld. Even better on Day Two!!
This makes alot of soup. My dutch oven was full to the brim! A generous 2 cup serving is only approx. 4 WW Points Plus.

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Other Tag: Healthy
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