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What do you do with leftover mashed potatoes & spinach? Make soup!

I love to cook. I love to feed people even more. I am absolutely terrible at judging how much food will be enough, and the thought that anyone could ever leave my table still hungry… well, that’s justĀ not an option! So I end up with leftovers. A lot! One of my favorite things to do with leftovers is make soup. I’m a big fan of soup and it’s easy to just do whatever slicey-dicey needs to be done and throw everything in the crockpot to cook for 4-12 hours. Today’s recipe uses leftovers, but not the crockpot. I find it to be a really good lunch recipe, since it’s very microwave friendly.

It’s easy to make, and easy to tailor to your own tastes.

To make about 2 cups of soup, take about 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes (I make mine using Potato Buds brand flakes & almond milk)

Break the potato up into smaller lumps with a spoon or fork

Add about 1/2 cup of almond milk (or whatever dairy/substitute you used to make the potatoes)- how much you need will vary due to the thickness of the mashed potatoes and how thick you like your soup.

Plus 1/4-1/2 cup of spinach (leftover cooked or frozen chopped works best)

Add a light sprinkle of garlic salt (I use Auntie Arwen’s Blatantly Gahaaarlic Salt- yummy stuff from a truly awesome lady!) and any other seasonings you want

Give it a good stir

Microwave it for about 2 minutes and stir again. Add more milk/substitute, if desired.

Stir in a tablespoon or 2 of sausage crumbles, real bacon crumbles or meatless sausage crumbles, if desired

Microwave for another minute or 2, until heated through.

Top with a bit of parmesan cheese, if desired, and a few slices of chives or a pinch of parsley to garnish.

Sit down with a spoon and enjoy!

You can change the add-ins for completely different flavors- loaded stuffed potato soup with cheddar, sour cream and bacon, is always a hit around here. The other thing I like about this recipe is that it can be assembled dry- potato flakes, milk powder (optional), dehydrated spinach & seasonings- and taken in a jar for a nice hot lunch on the go. All you need to do is add hot water!

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