I decided to make a a soup in a hurry last night while I was cooking other things for dinner. I had a mug of it today for lunch and boy! I did real good! Here's an idea of what I did considering that the soup was unplanned and no measuring was involved.
Chicken broth (reserve half a cup)
Diced cooked pork shoulder
1 1/2 cups (more or less) of frozen mixed veggies
1/2 cup frozen baby lima beans
1/2 cup fresh green beans cut in fourths
1/2 cup dry pasta "stars"
3 celery ribs diced
Diced onion (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
2 tablespoons corn starch
Szechuan spice mix
I dumped chicken broth in pot (about 3 - 4 cups) and started cooking the pasta stars in a separate pot. I added the pork and cooked the veggies for about 5 minutes in the microwave before adding them. I rinsed the stars and added them along with the soy sauce (4 or 5 shakes, probably).
I added the corn starch to the reserved broth and added a generous glug of wine. After dissolving the cornstarch mixture, it went into the simmering pot. After that, I added the spice and corrected the soup with salt and seasoned pepper. I let it get to know itself at a simmer for about an hour.
For being thrown together out of leftovers, it is remarkably simple and good. Just the thing for a weekday lunch or two. :)