Clean-out-the-Refrigerator Soup


This can be as varied as the contents of your refrigerator!  A great way to use up little bits of meat and veggies.  Using fresh veggies much improves the overall quality of your soup-BHL


1 Tbsp Flying Olive Mushroom and Sage Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 large onion, roughly chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ left-over roasted chicken, skin and extra fat removed

1 stalk celery, chopped

1-2 carrots, peeled and sliced thin, divided

½ cup white rice

1 medium zucchini, sliced thin

1 cup peas

1 cup corn

1 cup fresh green beans cut into 1" pieces, stems removed

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

Parsley, about a Tbsp, chopped

Seasonings of choice: sage, thyme, garlic or onion powder, and red pepper flakes-- whatever you like and that goes well with the veggies you've chosen

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Parmesan Cheese, shredded, if desired


Fill a large 5 quart pot about ½ way and turn on high.

Add the Flying Olive Mushroom and Sage EVOO to a skillet and add onion.  Let simmer for about 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent.  Add the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant.  Add these to the boiling water.  Turn down heat to medium.

Break or cut apart the chicken and submerge in the water.  Add half the carrots and all the celery and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until chicken begins to fall apart.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.  Place a colander in a large bowl and pour the juice and chicken into the bowl taking care not to splash the hot broth.

Return the broth to the pot and let the chicken cool until it can be safely handled.  When cool, pick the meat off the bones, cutting any large pieces apart.  Return these to the pot with the broth and turn the heat to medium.  When hot, add the rice and let cook about 10 minutes.  Add the rest of the vegetables, except mushrooms, adding the ones that require more cooking first, waiting a minute or two, and adding the next.  Once all are added, cool a bit of soup on a spoon and try a taste.  Add your chosen spices, salt and pepper.  Just before serving, add the sliced mushrooms to each bowl and, if desired, a sprinkling of Parmesan Cheese.  Wonderful with homemade croutons!

Submitted by Barb L.