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Feb 12, 2012 02:17 PM

How long does soup last?

I made a soup on Friday. Veggies, Ital. Sausage, tortellini, tomatoes and broth were the main ingredients. How long will it last in the fridge? Thanks.

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  1. Hi. leftovers should be frozen or eaten within 3 days of cooking.

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    1. re: Treetop

      this never happens in my house. i purposely batch cook on weekends and eat throughout the week.

      however, the tortellini in the soup will be mushy.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Agree -- watch out for waterlogged tortellini! I pull the tortellini out of the soup and store it separately. Or, i just toss in a few tortellini when I am going to eat the soup.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I agree with ipsedixit, especially when there's acid like tomato or vinegar. The power was out for over 70 hours after the freak Halloween snowstorm here. I never opened the refrigerator, and with no heat, the temp inside the house was in the mid-50's. The homemade soup in the fridge was still okay, to my delighted surprise.

        1. re: greygarious

          For example, if you buy those refrigerated soups (e.g. from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods), the "use by" date is usually 2-3 weeks out.

      2. If you bring the leftovers to a boil for a couple of minutes, you can extend the shelf life a couple of days.

        Soups with pasta tend to turn sour sooner than without....especially when made with chicken stock.

        In general, 5 days is the norm in my kitchen.

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        1. re: fourunder

          Thanks everyone for the replies! I'm happy that I can just leave the soup in the fridge and just graze on it all week, since hubby is out of town.

        2. Easily a week, and then I'd freeze the leftovers.