Two Meal Ideas To Make With Leftover Vegetable Soup

So, remember the veggie and bean soup I made a few posts back?  I made waaaaaay too much of it and I didn't want the leftovers.  I wanted soup when I made it but then I was over it-I do that sometimes!  So, I made two dishes out of the soup-broth and all- and I want this post to show you that it's easy to make soup into a non-soup dish.

For the soup, I used filtered water and spices for the broth and added a ton of veggies and some cannellini beans. My first dish was a pasta dish, I used the broth in place of oil and by the end of the cooking time, the broth was absorbed into the veggies.  I used peanut sauce for both recipes.

Rice noodles with veggies and peanut sauce:

2 oz of dry rice pasta
Leftover soup including broth
3 cloves of black garlic (explanation below)
2 tbsp of peanut butter
2 cloves of fresh raw garlic
2 tsp of powdered ginger
Juice from 2 lemon slices
Filtered water to thin it out

Prepare the pasta according to the package.  Add the black garlic to a large saucepan.  When it starts to heat well, pour the soup and broth into the saucepan and turn the heat on medium. Put the peanut butter, fresh garlic, ginger, and lemon juice in your food processor and process on high.  Add enough water so that the peanut sauce is a light brown color and is watery.  You want to make enough peanut sauce to cover all the pasta and veggies.

Drain the pasta and combine it with the veggies.  Pour over the peanut sauce and enjoy!

Black garlic is fermented garlic.  I found it at Trader Joe's and I'm not looking back.  It's less potent in taste than raw garlic but it's supposed to be twice the antioxidant power.  I've never seen it at TJ's before so I'm not sure if it's everywhere but I saw it at the West Side NYC Trader Joe's.  Once I see it again, I'm going to stock up on it!  It's got a sweet, not bitter taste and it's an awesome addition to dinner.  It looks pretty unappetizing but I assure you it's yum.

Brown rice with veggies and peanut sauce:

Prepare the rice according to the package.  Prepare the peanut sauce and veggies as above.

Awesome stuff.  Two fabulous dinner ideas.  These are also great dinner ideas if you're trying to clean out your fridge and use up veggies before they spoil.  I used brussel sprouts and a yellow pepper to make tonight's rice because I used all my leftover soup for the pasta recipe yesterday. Make fresh garlic a staple when you're making a veggie stir fry.  Also, try the fermented garlic if you can find it.

I'll have a Friday post and then I'll be on vacation this weekend with my family in the Poconos.  I can't wait to sit around the bonfire with some hot chocolate!  Stay tuned next week for a chocolate chip muffin recipe too :)

Happy Wednesday!  What is your favorite dinner dish to make?