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Jul 28, 2014 02:37 PM

Leftover Tomato sauce/soup/

So I tried making chili today but realised I was missing chili powder, cumin and beans. The end product turned out to be more of a mince beef pasta sauce/tomatoe soup.

I got a huge pot of it and I don't know what I can do with it now. I'm a college student and this was suppose to be my meal for the next 10 days, really don't want to throw it away.

So sick of the tomato taste, other than pasta and baked rice, any recipe ideas? (Lol, preferably something that doesn't taste so much like tomato)

PS. If I freeze it, how long can I keep it in my fridge? I will be going back for summer for 1.5 months soon and I don't want it to go bad in my freezer.

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  1. Can you get your hands on some nice seasonal veggies?
    Saute up zucchini, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic and add to the dish.

    What seasoning did you use in the first place, and did you actually use a can of tomato soup?

    If you used canned soup, add some fresh tomatoes to that list above.

    1. Get chili powder and kidney beans, add those to the sauce and reheat. TA-DA - the chili soup you'd intended.

      Add Italian Seasoning, sliced potatoes, corn, and carrots to make more of a "stew" casserole.

      1. Take plastic containers and freeze it. Remember NOT to fill all the way to the rim ... leave a little wiggle room on top (an eighth of an inch or so) for expansion. Those containers will keep for many many months in the freezer without worry.

        In the meanwhile, add ingredients to your existing sauce that will add flavors and textures that you LIKE. Thicken your sauce with mashed beans, potato flakes, cubes of bread (croutons), okra, browned ground beef, etc. Don't let what you have go to waste.

        <ETA> Albondigas soup might be a good start too.

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        1. Anyone knows how long can I keep the tomato stew in the freezer?

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          1. well shit it's not too late to add that "chili powder, cumin and beans"

            or you can sit in the corner and cry. your call.

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            1. re: hill food

              Who's crying?
              The OP is actively seeking help, which I hardly find passive.
              Maybe money is tight, what with being a college student and trying to make a dump recipe stretch for 10 days!

              1. re: monavano

                no, the OP is asking for a hand holding when the answer is clear. so there wasn't chili powder, cumin and beans in the house when it was made, that doesn't preclude adding them now. or the poster can continue feeling miserable for the next 10 days about the hated beef/tomato soup. sure college student or not, money is tight, but dry beans and a pack of (I hate it but it's cheap) pre-mixed flavoring, will set one back all of $1.89.

                but yeah maybe that's too easy to just do and so it's better to fret and worry and feel bad.

                1. re: hill food

                  The OP's questions were legit- you seem put out by it, so why bother posting on this thread?
                  I hardly think the OP should be berated for posting this!
                  How unkind!

                  1. re: monavano

                    oh I'm not berating the OP (or don't intend to), it's simply not too late to add what was left out rather than be miserable.

                    failures can either cause despair or inspire resolve. the simpler the failure asks for the least amount of despair.

                    and yeah I HAVE been a pain-in-the-neck crank lately, just ask my family. ok here's a more encouraging approach I could take:

                    cgxy96 - don't let this get you down. it's an easy and cheap fix to get it back towards your original intention and yes it will freeze nicely. I always plotted my budget to have multiple containers of 2 or 3 different meals to relieve the tedium.

                  2. re: hill food

                    Hill food come on, you've probably been on the planet a lot longer than the OP. Cut the person some slack.