The best part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Wait, the best part is the pie. The second best part is the leftovers.
Since we managed to keep it fairly light on T-Day, we have a ton of food left. I’ve got plans for several different leftover experiments in the next few days, but yesterday was gray and gross and all I wanted was soup. So we threw together a minestrone and managed to use up some leftovers while we were at it.
It was really easy. Here’s the recipe:
- Heat a small diced onion and two peeled, chopped carrots in some olive oil over medium heat. I used a big soup pot and that was a good call because the volume ended up getting a little out of hand.
- After 5 minutes or so, add whatever other veggies you feel like including. We used: 5 chopped celery stalks, leftover green beans, a small chopped zucchini, a can of white beans, drained and rinsed. Since we had this as a main course, the beans were pretty much a requirement.
- Heat everything through for about 2-3 minutes. Add a can of diced tomatoes with their juices (or fresh, but we didn’t have that on hand), 5 cups of broth/water (or a combo), and some salt and pepper. We didn’t add anything else for flavor, because the green beans were sauteed with thyme.
- Bring it all to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes, until all veggies are soft.
- Add maybe 1/3 of a cup of some kind of small pasta. We used ancini de pepe, which takes 4-6 minutes to cook and is very cute. You could also use orzo, broken pieces of spaghetti, whatever. Bring the heat back up when you add your pasta, and then cook for the amount of time recommended on the pasta package.
- Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parm.
- Get out a really gigantic glass container for your insane leftovers.
It was really good. I just had more for lunch. But now we have leftovers leftovers. I don’t think it’s supposed to work that way. But hey, it’s cold and rainy and there’s a chance of snow, so we might be living on minestrone all weekend.
Now I’m going to take one for the team and eat more pie. Next time I need to plan better so that I can give some away. Especially now that I know it’s not embarrassing.