Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 15 – 20 minutes
Serves: You Decide
2 slices bacon, chopped, or about 1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup liquid – skim milk, chicken broth, tomato juice, broth from cubes, etc, heated in microwave
Leftover meat, chopped
Leftover vegetables, chopped
Leftover pasta, rice, fried or mashed potatoes, etc.
Leftover fruit, chutney, etc.
Salt, pepper, hot sauce, etc.
Sauté the bacon, onion and garlic until soft. Stir in the flour and combine well. Slowly add the hot liquid, stirring to avoid lumps. Add leftover meat, vegetables, starches and other leftovers. Stir until hot, about 5 – 10 minutes since the ingredients are already fully cooked.
Add more liquid as needed for volume and to keep soupy. If you’re short on leftover vegetables, add a can or two. Limit the starches; a little is a lot. Once the soup is hot, taste it and add salt and pepper. If the soup tastes flat, add more garlic, Tabasco or other spices.