Mustgo Soup, Leftover Magic

Heather says:

This soup goes perfectly with the announcement of today’s contest. While you’re digging through the fridge, pull out all of the things that are on the edge of needing to be tossed out.

Here are the items that Must Go:

  • 1/2 meatloaf
  • celery
  • a few green beans
  • a tomato with a bad spot
  • pasta from Friday’s chicken parmesan
  • some cabbage
  • tomato paste leftover from another recipe
  • green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

What does one do with this motley assortment? Well, I decided to go with a beef base and Italian flavors.

To this I added from the pantry:

  • garlic (2 cloves, minced)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (mostly for color)
  • Better Than Boulion (Beef) 2TBSP
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp olive oil (not picture)
  • 2 qts water (not pictured)

First I sweated the celery, onions, and garlic over med low with 1tsp of olive oil.

I added 2 qts of water and the beef base.

I crumbled the meatloaf into the soup and added the remaining ingredients.

I brought the mixture to a simmer and seasoned to taste.

As a final touch I topped each bowl with shredded cheese.

Not too shabby for practically free; it’s a great way to create meals out of things that may otherwise go to waste. What version of Mustgo Soup can you create?


  1. says

    Good for you! I have several friends who can’t even see everything in their refrigerators!

    When I need to use an odd assortment of foods, I go to Using their ‘ingredient search’, I can type in the items I have, and it will give me a list of recipes that use those ingredients. I can even exlude ingredients, if I need to narrow down the search. Best of all, there is a 5 star rating system that lets me know if the food will actually be tasteful!

  2. says

    that looks fantastic! I wish I had some similar leftovers in my fridge! I don’t imagine mine usually go together so beautifully :)

  3. says

    Ann, that is a great tool.

    Amy, you’d really be surprised at what works together. Next time you’ve got a handful of leftovers drop us a line and I’ll see what I can come up with, using bouillon and spices.

  4. says

    Bramble- depending on the age of the hamburger casserole, take a pic and send it to us! 😉 I’ll leave the *cooking* suggestions to Heather. 😀

  5. bridgett says

    I was inspired to make a must-go minestrone last night. Honestly, it was pretty good.

    Thanks for this website. I’m enjoying it!

  6. says

    I’m planning mustgo soup this week! The parents came this weekend, cooked a bunch of food, and now I have lots of little leftovers.

  7. Kris says

    Much like this, I keep a “leftover bowl” in the freezer. When there’s a little bit of this or that left after dinner that isn’t enough for someone’s lunch, stick it in the bowl. I do avoid fish. When it’s full, I cook it all up, sometimes adding a little broth. It usually has a minestrone kind of flavor.

  8. deneicer1 says

    I suppose that the next step of meal planning is to plan the week’s worth of meals to end up with an awesome selection of leftovers for Mustgo Soup!


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