Friday, June 13, 2014

Leftover Roast Beef Soup

My husband is a real meat and potatoes kind of guy.  I'm pretty sure that if I fed him meat with a side of meat, he would be completely okay with it!  Needless to say we have a lot of roast beef meals in our house.  I try to make one up as often as possible, but being as how there are only two of us, we tend to eat for 2-3 days and it can get a bit boring.  I'm not really a huge fan of leftovers, so whenever I can I try to repurpose the meal so that it doesn't have a "leftovers" feel to it.  

When I was little, my Dad always made hot roast beef sandwiches for us the day after Mom cooked up a roast.  He would take the leftover roast beef, slice it nice and thin, then fry it up in the leftover gravy and serve it over warm buttered toast.  I remember looking forward to the leftovers more than the roast beef itself.  While I still enjoy eating my leftovers this way once in awhile, I've been trying to eat a bit healthier lately so soup has been a good choice. 

This soup can be made with whatever leftovers you have on hand.   I like to think of it as a cross between french onion soup, leftover roast beef, and whatever else I have in my fridge.  If you had roasted veggies or mashed potatoes with your roast, go ahead and throw that into the broth as well. As a general rule I like to make sure that I only have 1 type of starch (potatoes, noodles, rice, quinoa), but I will literally throw whatever veggies I have on hand into this - I hardly ever make this soup the same way twice! 

Ingredients
- 2 tsp butter or olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 medium zucchini, diced
- 2-3 slices of leftover roast beef, diced 
- 1 L beef broth
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup noodles of choice

Directions

Preheat a medium saucepan over medium heat.  

Add butter or olive oil and sauté onion for 2-3 minutes until lightly translucent.  

Add zucchini, and lightly sauté for 1-2 minutes.  

Add leftover roast beef, beef broth, worcestershire sauce and pepper and turn heat to high.  

Once boiling, reduce heat back to medium and add noodles.   Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, or until noodles are completely cooked. 

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