Minute Minestrone

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What do you do when you’ve got the leftovers of a spaghetti dinner? Well, besides having spaghetti again? 

I know some folks would mix up a Baked Spaghetti dish, but my people aren’t fans of that. So, I needed a different option to make the most of our leftovers.

If you’re doing the Pantry Challenge with us, you’ll understand the importance of making the most of last night’s supper. Not only are you being a good steward in not wasting the food, but you’re also saving money by stretching that meal and the effort it took to make it.

My solution to my leftover spaghetti dilemma was to make minestrone. I call it Minute Minestrone because it really did take just a few minutes to pull together since the pasta, sausage, and sauce were already made.

Soup is a great way to make the most of what you have.

If I were a different kind of food blogger I might have used a different cooked pasta, like a shell. It would have been prettier. But I’m not that blogger. I made a choice between pretty and “using what we got”. If you’re going to make this soup without the leftovers (which you can totally do), consider using a smaller, prettier pasta. If you’ve got spaghetti, just chop it into bite-sized pieces.

You can transform almost any leftovers into a great tasting soup. Really, you can. Try Thursday Night Soup to get you started.


About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Jada says

    Gonna have to try that one! My husband loves Minestrone.
    I may not blog everyday of the challenge, but I did today!

  2. Cheri A says

    Brilliant!! I have a little leftover spaghetti and some sauce leftover from Monday night. I think I’ll make some soup today. 🙂 I

  3. I made your Minute Minestrone soup and it was excellent, my husband and I both loved it. Thanks for the inspiration! I loved that it was a great way to use up a partial jar of spaghetti sauce, I always seem seem to put those in my fridge and then never figure out what to do with them, so they get moldy and gross and we need to throw it away.

    I posted about my version of the soup on my blog

  4. Rebecca says

    This is what we are having tonight. Food is tight so I’m mixing up something I really don’t have to stress about. And this seems perfect, im just going to do a couple things different. I’ll post it later to share.

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