I love soup any time of year, but this is prime soup season for everyone. This broccoli sweet potato soup with leftover pork is my favorite! And it’s made with veggies that are in season now too. It’s one of my favorite soup recipe ideas.
It’s a creamy, savory soup with tons of veggies that you can feel good about feeding your family. You can make your own homemade stock for soups, or use store-bought. Stock is more rich and flavorful than broth, so stick with that for more depth of flavor in your soups.
I made mine with leftover pulled pork, but you can make yours with whatever leftover pork you have. Pork chops, tenderloin, bacon, ham, whatever you have will taste great. It’s nightshade-free as well if you have a sensitivity to that like me.
You can bake sweet potatoes in the microwave and use your leftovers in this soup, or you can dice them up and roast them in pieces like I did this time. I love any idea that uses a cook once, use more than once type of situation. I cook for 9 people every day during daycare hours, so easy dinner ideas are a must.
And there’s nothing more comforting than soup. I know it makes me think of hugs from my grandma. I don’t know about you. Check out these soup ideas for dinner tonight.
Broccoli and sweet potato soup
Creamy, thick, savory soup using up leftover pork with seasonal vegetables.
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tsp dried sage
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
- 2 crowns broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
- 6 c chicken stock
- 1/2 c sour cream or heavy whipping cream, whichever you have on hand
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 c leftover pork roast, pork chops, tenderloin, ham, or whatever pork you have on hand, chopped into cubes
Cut sweet potatoes and broccoli and toss them in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and arrange on two baking sheets. They cook at different times, so make sure to keep them seperate.
Heat the olive oil and cook onions until soft
Add garlic and seasonings
Add 2/3 of the roasted vegetables in a blender with the stock and blend until smooth
Return to pot with unblended vegetables and cook and stir 5-10 minutes until flavors are blended
Add sour cream or cream and serve
If you like chunky soup better, skip the sour cream or cream and don’t blend it. It’s great either way.
Leftover pork recipes
Making meat once and turning it into a ton of great meals is my jam! I do it with pork roast, whole chickens, a big pack of pork chops, a whole ham, and anything else I can think of.
Leftover pork is so versatile. You can use it a million different ways. No matter what you do with it, it tastes wonderful. Click on the highlighted link to see more ways to use it.
What to do with leftover pulled pork
I love to make a big pork roast and use it in a ton of different ways leftover. Leftover pulled pork is very easy to change into recipes too. It’s easy to chop it in small pieces, or just cover it in barbecue sauce and make a sandwich.
It can be made into soups, stews, quesadillas, tacos, savory pies, and so much more. Click on the link to see 5 recipes you can make from one pork roast. You’re going to love that plan, meals for a week only cooking meat once. I LOVE bulk cooking. It saves my bacon more than you can imagine!
You can also put it in about 2 cup portions and freeze it in quart-sized zip lock bags if you want to have a great source of easy protein to make dishes with later. That’s one of my very favorite tricks!
Can I freeze leftover pork soup?
Leftover pork freezes great, but this soup has a creamy base. Cream soups don’t thaw out well. They get grainy. If you skip the cream element, you can freeze the soup and thaw it out in the refrigerator overnight.
Then you can pop it in the microwave or a saucepan and heat it up. You could also just add cream or sour cream to the individual bowls so you’d know your leftovers would be good to freeze. My favorite trick is doubling a recipe so we can have it more than once, and I love to freeze it so I don’t have to have it too close together.
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