Soup from Leftover Scraps

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Making soup from leftover scraps can be surprisingly good. Use up your leftovers, and freeze your vegetable scraps to make a low cost nutritious soup.


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November 9, 2006

Get more servings out of leftovers by adding more ingredients. For example, if you have some leftover vegetable soup, but only enough for a couple servings, add some chicken broth and a can of vegetables or tomatoes. Another thing you can do is combine leftovers; leftover sauces can be used in casseroles, leftover rice can be used in casseroles and soup, left over meat and can used in numerous dishes, etc.

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Save all your vegetable peelings and ends, along with meat bones, in the freezer. When you have enough, make a broth that can be enjoyed as is, or as a base for other soups. I used the Instant Pot soup setting, which is 30 minutes after coming to pressure. If you are making it on the stovetop, allow a couple of hours.


Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 5-6 quarts


  • 1 gal sized freezer bag of vegetable ends and peelings
  • meat bones (omit for vegetarian)
  • water to cover
  • salt


  1. Put the contents of the bag in the soup pot or Instant Pot liner. Add water to barely cover. Add salt if using.
  2. Cover Instant Pot, seal and cook on Soup setting. If cooking on stove, simmer a couple of hours.
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  4. Remove all bones and vegetables with a slotted spoon.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings. Use as is, or add rice, noodles and/or additional vegetables.
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