Recipe by Donna P, Corvallis (“This is my ‘recipe’ although I use the word recipe here very loosely – since this is more of a broad style of food with lots of different variables.”)
MONEY SAVED: $10-20?
“This dish is very much inspired by the no food left behind concept and a love of noodle soup. It can be made vegan, vegetarian, kid friendly, carnivore style – any way you like since it is based on the foods that you are already eating. It’s a non-traditional take on a family favorite.
The foundation for this delicious and nutritious soup comes from a stock made from food scraps. As I go through the week, I have a gallon sized ziploc that I keep in the freezer. Whenever I am prepping food, I save the scraps that I am cutting off of the produce, like onion butts, carrot tops, chard stems, mushroom stems, bits of ginger that have gotten tough, meat bones – pretty much anything that isn’t funky or rotten, but just isn’t what you want in your main meal. This is a great way to get added nutrients in your diet from food that would pretty much be going to the compost!
(The one exception is that I tend to leave out things like broccoli stems or too much cabbage, since they they can start to smell a little too sulfurous if they are cooked too long.)”
Take the freezer bag full of food scraps out of the freezer and add to a large pot of boiling water. I usually add about twice as much water to dry ingredients.
🌱 Add a bit of salt to taste, red chili flakes if desired, and let boil for 1-2 hours.
🌱 When it is ready, strain the broth into a large bowl or jar, discarding the solids.
(This usually makes more than enough for the soup for my family so I allow the broth to cool and freeze the rest in pint sized containers)
INGREDIENTS/DIRECTIONS for 2-4 servings:
4 cups of stock
2 blocks of ramen noodles
1 cup of “extras” like spinach, shredded cabbage or carrots, sliced radishes, a hard boiled egg, green onion, seaweed…
1-2 cups of leftovers such as baked chicken, stir fry, slaw, fried rice, etc.
2 Tbsp of miso paste (optional)
🍲 Bring the stock to a boil
🍲 Add the ramen noodles, and cook until tender.
🍲 Turn off heat.
🍲 Add all of the other ingredients, (Mix the miso paste with a bit of water first, to dissolve it, if using.)
🍲 Serve and Enjoy!