Getting Creative With Leftovers

I am not great with recipes, but I do love to stir it up in the kitchen from time to time.  I consider myself a creative cook because I generally cook by taste and I love to make up my own concoctions.  I always try to make sure that I’m not wasting any food, however, I find myself getting bored with leftovers.  Last night I made a great soup using all of the leftovers from the previous night’s dinner.  I started by adding a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of my large stock pot.  Next, I sautéed up some onions, carrots and fresh garlic.  Once my onions became translucent i added in the steak from the night before (cubed), the asparagus from the night before (chopped), a handful of frozen organic peas, and some dried italian seasoning.  As the flavors began to culminate I added a 32oz container of organic beef broth.  This was about as easy as it gets!  For the final step, i threw in a package of whole wheat gnocchi.  Five minutes later my soup extravaganza was complete.  I garnished with a little parmesan cheese, because, as any of my italian friends out there would agree, soup is just not complete without that sprinkle of cheese (this trick was passed down to me by my italian grammy Carmel.)  Ok …so for any of you out there saying, “well that’s great but what did you feed the baby for dinner???” Not to worry, this was the perfect meal for him as well, simply strain the liquid and serve the veggies, meat, and gnocchi.  He was so happy to eat what we were eating and he made sure he told me he wanted a second helping!

If you are feeling really ambitious, try making your own gnocchi from scratch.  Here is the closest recipe I could find to my grammy’s:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/how-to-make-gnocchi-like-an-italian-grandmother-recipe.html