What exactly does one do with the leftover veggie tray after a social gathering? Usually everything has been onced-over and isn’t looking too great. Maybe this minestrone recipe will change your mind. I dare you to keep that post-party veggie tray and to re-wash all of the veggies. Go ahead a cut them up too. Get ready for the fastest and freshest minestrone you can throw together in minutes. This recipe is a loose suggestion, meaning I didn’t quite measure out any of the veggies or really any of the ingredients for that matter. This is a hopeful estimate of what I concocted up that late Saturday evening after our guests left. Please use your judgement for quantities; the “eyeballing” method is amongst my favorite. You can do it.

Leftover veggie tray minestrone soup ingredients:

  • 1 medium leftover veggie tray/platter consisting of: celery sticks, baby carrots, broccoli florets, grape tomatoes, sliced red & yellow bell peppers, asparagus spears
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, rough chop
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree, canned
  • 4-6 cups veggie stock or water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp each of salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh basil, ribboned

Leftover veggie tray minestrone soup directions: wash all leftover veggies well. Dice the celery sticks into pieces. Slice the baby carrots into thin rounds. Cut the grape tomatoes in half. Cut the broccoli florets into pieces of the same size. Cut the yellow & red bell peppers into bite size pieces, as well as the asparagus. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the roughly shopped garlic and sauté to a light golden brown. Add the diced celery, and sauté until fragrant. Next, add the baby carrot rounds, and sauté for about 5 min. Add the halved grape tomatoes and cook until soft. Add broccoli and bell pepper pieces. Now, add the tomato puree, onion & garlic powders, and the salt & pepper. Let everything simmer for about 10 minutes before adding the broth or water. After adding the liquid, bring the soup to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve with the fresh ribboned basil.