Hearty Cauliflower Soup

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When I was getting ready to fix lunch today, I found three containers of leftovers – steamed cauliflower, mashed potatoes and some carrots from our Sunday roast beef dinner.  I decided to use everything up and make a cauliflower soup which had a great flavor and was thick and substantial.   It made a nice lunch along with a warm roll on a chilly November day.

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUP

  • 3 slices bacon
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups steamed cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cooked baby carrots, cut into slices
  • Salt/pepper to taste

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In a large pan over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until crisp.

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Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel.  In the bacon grease, brown the chopped onion until soft.  Add the chicken broth.  Turn up heat to medium-high.

In a small cup, mix together the milk and flour; add to broth mixture.  Add the mashed potatoes and stir or whisk until smooth.  Stir in the cauliflower and carrots.  Continue to cook over medium-high heat until bubbly and hot, stirring occasionally.

Place soup in bowls and sprinkle with reserved bacon which has been crumbled.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

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A Summer Supper from Leftovers

sunflowerAfter cooking dinner for guests on Sunday, I had some leftover grilled chicken and some pasta – very small amounts.  I also had one large ripe peach and a little bit of rhubarb from my garden.  I thought if I put all of the small amounts together in the right way, I might have a nice supper for myself.

I used the peach and rhubarb along with some staples to make a Fruit Betty.  I found this recipe in a 1976 Redbook cookbook which I had gotten way back in the day for subscribing to Redbook magazine.  It’s been a good source for me all these years, although I had never made this dish before.

While the dessert was cooling, I put together a simple  salad with the chicken, pasta, some onion, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and one of my favorite dressings.

It was a very easy, fast and tasty meal.  I might have to come up with these particular leftovers again sometime.

RHUBARB AND PEACH BETTY

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut in 1″ pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh peach slices
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 slices white bread, cut in 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 Tblsp. granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a medium bowl, combine rhubarb, peach slices and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

In a small skillet over moderately low heat, melt the butter.  Add the bread cubes and raise heat slightly, toss cubes with butter and heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.  Watch the bread cubes so that they don’t get too brown.

Place half of the fruit in a 4 to 6 inch buttered baking dish.  Top with half of the bread cubes.  Repeat layers.  Sprinkle top with 1 Tblsp. granulated sugar.

Bake uncovered @ 375 degrees F for approximately 40 minutes.

Serve with half-and-half cream. 

withcreamI really enjoyed this dessert.  It’s good warm from the oven or at room temperature and the cream is perfect to temper the tartness of the fruit.  Actually, I have more leftovers to contend with since the recipe made 3 servings, but I don’t mind a bit.

CHICKEN AND PASTA SALAD FOR ONE

  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • 2 oz. grilled chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped sweet onion
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Red Wine Dressing
  • 2 Tblsp. fresh basil for garnish

RED WINE VINEGAR DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise)
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tblsp. red wine vinegar
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • Grating of black pepper

Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Toss together the pasta, chicken and vegetables.  Add the Red Wine Vinegar Dressing and garnish with fresh basil. 

chpastaforoneThis is a very good light salad.  Of course, any vegetables and herbs could be substituted – this was what I happened to have in the refrigerator.

Being frugal and using up all the leftovers is a pretty good idea.