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A Big Pot of Soup

by Meghann on December 15, 2011

As soon as I hit publish on this post I’ll be in the car and on my way to to my parents’ neck of the woods for the weekend. I have a doctor’s appointment in the morning and two bridal showers to attend over the weekend. Should be a good time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Usually when I go out of town – and Derek stays at home – I feel less guilty leaving the fridge full of good food and leftovers because I assume Derek will cook some fabulous meals while I’m gone and use up any remaining veggies or meat that I’ve left behind. That’s a good dream, but it’s rarely reality. Usually I come home and find empty bags of frozen Voila meals in the trash and all the veggies still right where I left them in the produce drawer.

This time, instead of leaving all of the veggies behind and crossing my fingers he’ll make something with them, I decided to take what ever food we had in the fridge and make one giant pot of soup with it. This way Derek has a couple of easy and healthy meals that he can just grab from the fridge while I’m gone and no food goes to waste.

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And when I say I grabbed everything, I really meant everything.

  • 6 mushrooms
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cup baby lima beans
  • 1/2 container of carving board turkey
  • 1 can vegetable broth (that I refilled with water twice)
  • barley
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic salt
  • chili powder

When ever I cook with fresh vegetables I like to chop the ones that take the longest to cook first, add them to the pot, then work my way down to what takes the least amount of time.

9 times out of 10 the first vegetable is the carrot.

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Then the onion

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Then everything else.

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I also like to do my first round of seasoning while the vegetables are ‘sweating’ in the pot before the broth is added. That way I know the vegetables are locking in a nice coat of extra flavoring.

The thicker cut of the carving board turkey was perfect for throwing into the soup. The addition sort of reminded me of a left over Thanksgiving soup. I’m pretty sure the only times I’ve ever had shreds of turkey in soup have been the week or so following Thanksgiving thanks to left overs.

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After the turkey is added, in goes the broth.

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I used one can of broth that I refilled with water twice for a total of approximately 6 cups of liquid. Give or take.

Then I added about a cup of quick barley.

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And seasoned with round two of seasonings.

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The soup was brought to a boil, then to a medium-high for 10 minutes.

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I loved it. The soup was easy to make, used up all of the vegetables in the fridge, and taste great. Win. Win. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A piece of toast with homemade apple butter on the side.

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A crumble cookie for dessert.

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And now my belly is full. Time to hit the road!

1 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

That was sweet (and smart) of you to do for him!

Have a safe trip!
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2 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Sounds (and looks) delicious! Have a great trip!
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3 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

your soup looks delicious! i love how simple and tasty soups can be. hope you have a great trip!
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4 Cait's Plate December 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I really need to make a big pot of soup – I’ve been craving it! Of course this weekend when I finally have the time now it’s supposed to warm up!
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5 christine @ BookishlyB December 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I’ve never seen instant barley before! I love adding it to things but it can take awhile to cook. I’m going to have to look for this.
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6 Emily December 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Nice! Now no food will go to waste while you’re gone!
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7 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

What a great way to use up a bunch opf leftover produce!
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8 Emily G. @ From My Messy Desk December 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Yum! I have a huge pot of minnestrone in the crock pot!! Cannot wait for dinner tonight!
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9 Amanda December 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

You’re such a nice girlfriend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t go wrong with a giant pot of soup!
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10 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

souuuuuup! have you ever heard the saying “that smells like soup” ….. random thought of the day.
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11 Army Amy* December 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I just have to say that it’s so sweet that you cook for Derek. I don’t normally cook for my husband unless he asks for my specialty (grilled cheese).*
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12 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

That sounds like a good soup! And how sweet Of you to do that for him! Now let’s just see if he eats it!
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13 Marissa Elliot December 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

is that deli turkey in the soup???? :/

14 Shannon December 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Awesome idea. I wish I had thought to do that since I’m leaving tomorrow for orlando then a pre-christmas cruise with my family. I was trying to use up a couple of the veggies today, but soup is the perfect solution!
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15 Allison December 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

I really need to just start dumping the things leftover in my fridge into the crock pot and making a random soup rather than letting them all sit there and spoil! I always feel so guilty for letting food go to waste but I’m not a big fan of leftovers :Z
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