Saturday, February 12, 2011

What to do with Leftover Noodles?

We eat a LOT of pasta.  At least 2 times per week - sometimes up to 4 times in one week!  And we never seem to be able to correctly measure how much dried pasta will make the right amount of cooked pasta.  We're all a little paranoid that we won't cook enough, so we over-compensate and cook too much.  Every time.  gah.

I do NOT like throwing food out.  It is food.  It costs money.  Many many many people do NOT have the luxury of throwing food out and I refuse to waste that luxury or treat it as anything less than a luxury.  Because it is a luxury.  Part of being grateful is consciously using and enjoying what we have been given.

I do NOT like microwaved second day pasta.  It's just not good.

My solution?

Second Day Noodle Soup (aka Minestrone).
It is very simple if you have even the most basic of soup making skills.
Start with the start of all soups - the holy trinity of onion, garlic and celery - sauteed in a little olive oil. 
Add a can of tomatoes with juice and your leftover spaghetti sauce. 
Add some veggie/chicken stock if it needs it (or even just water). 
Add a can of kidney beans (rinsed of course!). 
Add some carrots and whatever other veggies you have sitting in the fridge asking to be used up (peppers, mushrooms, peas, spinach...). 
Throw in a bay leaf, some oregano and some basil.  Simmer till the veggies are tender. 
Add the leftover noodles and simmer till they are warmed. 
Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread and YUM - there is Second Day Noodle Soup.

Even the littlest of little people will eat this one up.  It has noodles in it right, so it must be good!

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