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A Smarty-Pants Trick for Using Up the Last of Your Soup

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On Sunday, you pat yourself on the back for making a big batch of soup to eat all week. Go you! On Wednesday, you facepalm: You've barely made a dent in the vat, even though you've been eating it for lunch and dinner.

When there's only so much more soup you can take before you fear you yourself will turn to soup, take a tip from Sarah Britton of My New Roots (yes, the same Sarah Britton behind Life-Changing Loaf of Bread and Sunflower Seed Risotto), and turn lemons into lemonade and soup into sauce. All you need is a blender (or a food processor, even!) and a bit of creativity.

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Sarah blended leftover squash and red lentil soup, seasoned it to taste (if it's rather simple soup to start with, here's your chance to readjust the flavors), then served it over a grain bowl with roasted vegetables.

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While this tip works best for chunky soups that will blend into a thick mixture, you could always take a thin soup (or a thick soup that won't be quite thick enough to call—or function as—sauce) and blend it with a thickening agent: chunks of cooked potato or sweet potato, cornstarch, a flour roux. And if it's still not quite saucy enough, cook it down until it's thick (and add a splash of cream or a nub of cream cheese while you're at).

Suddenly, soup is a sauce for warm vegetable salads, for roast chicken, for pan-seared fish... (And, if you want to move in the other direction, there are many meals that can be turned into soup—and, at the end of their lives, sauces—too!)

Ready to try? Here are some soups we think could live fulfilling lives as sauces:

Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili by Gena Hamshaw

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup: 1993

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup: 1993 by Amanda Hesser

Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream

Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream by Gena Hamshaw

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup

Melissa Clark's Seared Broccoli and Potato Soup by Genius Recipes

Deborah Madison's Potato and Green Chile Stew

Deborah Madison's Potato and Green Chile Stew by Genius Recipes

Frances Moore Lappé's Lentils, Monastery Style

Frances Moore LappĂ©'s Lentils, Monastery Style by Genius Recipes

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry Soup

Sweet Potato Lentil Curry Soup by sarah kieffer | the vanilla...

Post-Piglet Cauliflower Soup

Post-Piglet Cauliflower Soup by Giulia Melucci

What's your favorite way to repurpose soup you're getting sick of? Tell us in the comments!