I love a good, frugal meal. Especially one that uses leftovers in a different way! So imagine my delight when I found a recipe for Mashed Potato Soup that is easy to modify with whatever you have on hand. The basic recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com/ is:
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (prepared with milk and butter)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh or dried chives
In a saucepan, saute the onion in butter until tender. Add milk, potatoes, salt and celery salt if desired and pepper; heat through. Garnish with chives.
The first time I made it, I added cheese, a bag of frozen broccoli, carrots and cheese sauce and bacon bits.
I made it again last night and used the rest of our turkey gravy, the last bits of yellow and red peppers, a half bag of frozen broccoli, the last few carrots, Mexican shredded cheese and 1/2 a kielbasa sausage cut up.
I never measure anything as I just dump in leftover potatoes and enough milk to make it creamy but not too thin. Hubby loves it and it is a great "clean out the fridge" dinner!
This usually makes it into our menu plan bi-weekly or when our odds and ends container in the freezer gets full!!