Adding extra foods and leftovers to soup is a great way to make a more satisfying meal. Add the foods below while heating the soup to make sure they are heated all the way through.

Try adding:

  • Cooked grains – rice, pasta, barley, quinoa, bulgur
  • Cooked vegetables – potatoes, carrots, peas, corn
  • Greens – spinach, cabbage, kale
  • Cooked legumes – chickpeas, black beans, lentils, kidney beans
  • Cooked meat and meat alternatives – chicken, pork, beef, canned meats, hard-boiled eggs


Black Bean Soup – Stir in 1/2 cup salsa and cooked rice into canned black bean soup as heating.

Chicken Soup – Add in any leftover cooked vegetables, rice or meat from the night before

Vegetable Soup – Add in leftover meat from the night before, or canned beans or chickpeas to help add some protein to the meal.

Pumpkin or Butternut Squash Soup – Fry sausage in large saucepan, add spices such as peppers or sage, add soup and heat.

Beef Soup – Make into fast and easy version of French Onion Soup. Melt 1 Tbsp. oil or butter in med-high heat pan, add 2-3 sliced onions, cook 5 min. Add 2 Tbsp. water to take the browning off pan, repeat again in 5 minutes, should be cooked in 15 minutes. Add onions to beef soup, serve with toast topped with melted cheese.

Split Pea Soup – Dice regular ham & crisp it in a large sauce pan with a small amount of oil. Add soup and heat.

Tomato Soup – Heat soup and add a hard boiled or poached egg. Top with your favorite dried spices (basil, oregano, pepper) and cheese.