Easy Rustic Italian Pasta Soup is the quickest soup recipe you will ever make as it is made from leftovers! How can you not love a recipe that makes leftovers taste like you spent all day in the kitchen?
I have a different kind of recipe for you today as you make this fantastic tasting Easy Rustic Italian Pasta Soup from leftovers. The leftovers come from making this Crockpot Italian Chicken with Pasta (GF) recipe and somehow managing to have leftovers!
You might be asking if you have leftover chicken pasta, why don’t you just eat those leftovers the following day? Well, of course you can and they will be delicious. But, do you have a member or two in your family that runs and hides when you mention leftovers for lunch or dinner?
Not that hubby Steve actually runs and hides when I say we are eating leftovers, but he would prefer to eat something new and creative every meal. Now this is not bad thing. But let’s face reality. Leftovers often occur when making recipes.
Many times you have leftovers because you plan for them. Other times one or two family members are not home for dinner. Some recipes make several servings and unless you cut the recipe in half, you have leftovers to contend with.
Personally, I love leftovers. I could eat the same thing 3 or 4 times in a row and not mind. I like the convenience of not cooking for the next day or two.
Also, if we are not going to eat the leftovers in the next day or two, I like to freeze them to eat the following weeks. That way when they show up on the table, they appear, let’s say fresh, so hubby eats them better.
Now, back to where we started with making soup from leftovers. Another technique for using up leftovers is to turn them into a new, different type of recipe. In this case, making soup out of chicken pasta.
Once you get the hang of this idea, you can easily apply this technique to other crockpot or casserole recipes. It’s just a matter of adding tasty liquid to leftovers and turning them into soup. Of course, you can also add other ingredients like lean or starchy carbs to expand the leftover base so you have enough soup to feed your family.
This technique is also a great way to use up some of those small containers of food that get placed in the fridge to eat later and later never comes. After a couple of days, it’s surprising how much cooked food gets tucked away in the fridge.
So, combine it all together, add liquid, maybe some herbs and spices, meat if needed, and enjoy a fantastic tasting soup. Add some crusty bread and butter and your family will gobble up your tasty mystery soup in no time at all.
A key ingredient that can help make leftover soup taste fabulous is vegetable juice, either homemade or purchased from the grocery store. Vegetable juice is so rich and tasty. It adds punch or zip to dull tasting food. And it’s rich in vitamins C and A.
Now store-bought vegetable juice like V8 is high in sodium. So if salt is an issue with you or someone in your family, buy the low-salt option.
One cup or 8 ounces of V8 Vegetable Juice has:
Vitamin C – 71.9 mg or 120% DV (Dietary Value)
Vitamin A – 2000 IU or 40% DV
Sodium – 481 mg or 20% DV
Potassium – 469 mg or 13% DV
Dietary Fiber – 1.9 grams or 8% DV
Calories – 51 or 3% DV
V8 Vegetable Juice is extremely low in calories. It is also a good source of calcium, iron, and protein. One 8 ounce of vegetable juice contains two servings of vegetables. That goes a long way towards meeting the 6 or more servings of vegetables recommended each day for a healthy diet.
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Just look at that robust soup warming up in the pan! Can’t wait to dig in. To make this colorful and comforting Easy Rustic Italian Soup, you first need leftovers from my Crockpot Italian Chicken with Pasta (GF) recipe. Simply combine 2 servings of leftover chicken and pasta with water, bouillon cubes, and vegetable juice in a medium saucepan. Heat and serve. That’s it besides adding a little shaved parmesan cheese for garnish!
Hope you make this recipe because it’s:
Easy to make
Packed with vitamins and minerals
Full of flavor
Lots of lean protein
I love to make this robust soup because it simply tastes great. Besides all the easy to make and using up leftovers stuff, making food that tastes great is what really matters. It’s what makes coming to the table so worth it.
Don’t have any leftover pasta? Toss in a can of your favorite beans.
Need to add more volume to make another serving or two? Add your favorite canned or frozen vegetable. The more the merrier.
Sub vegetable broth for water and chicken bouillon cubes or chicken broth.
If you make this delicious Easy Rustic Italian Pasta Soup recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you and your family liked it. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your awesome creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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P.S. Need more tips for how to make delicious homemade soups? Check out this article on how to add acidity (lemon juice, V8, tomatoes, etc.) to perk up a dull soup.