Okay, one of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to use up those leftovers cluttering up your refrigerator. If I can make something yummy and new, no one minds eating leftovers. Here was my most recent challenge which worked out beautifully.
Leftovers: Mashed potatoes, corn, some limp celery, Polish Sausage.
My solution: Make soup using my method found here.
In a stock pot, saute 3 carrots, 2 stalks celery, and 1/2 onion in a little oil. Add salt, pepper, and a little parsley. When tender, add 2 cloves smashed garlic. Dice up the 1/2 link Polish Sausage pretty small and cook with the vegetables until brown.
Add in 3 cups chicken broth (made with chicken base and water), mashed potatoes (there was quite a bit leftover...maybe 3 cups?). Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour.
Add in the corn and heat through. Adjust seasoning...I need a little extra salt, and a fair amount of pepper. Then whip around my immersion blender a little just to make it creamy.
Mmmm...it was fantastic. The sausage added a hint of smokiness that really flavored the soup well. I garnished it with sour cream and a little cheddar cheese on top. It was so popular that the kids and I each had seconds and didn't save any for my hubby! You snooze, you lose! (Actually, he wasn't hungry, so he was having self control, but we showed no mercy anyway.)