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Photo: Ezume Images (Shutterstock) Soup can be a meal, provided it has enough stuff in it, but sometimes the reality inside the can does not match what’s advertised on the outside. This is more easily prevented with homemade soups, but sometimes you don’t add enough stuff initially, or someone eats all the good stuff, leaving you with mostly broth. But neither of those situations are cause for panic—there are many things you can add to bulk up your soup after the fact, none of which are noodles or rice. (Noodles and rice are always acceptable, but they’re quite obvious, I think.) Store-bought tortellini (or gnocchi) Tortellini are like noodles, but even better, because they come stuffed with more stuff , and adding bulk is our goal here. You can buy them frozen or refrigerated—either way, all you have to do is toss the prepared pasta into simmering soup and cook until tender, which usually takes 2-5 minutes, depending on the starting temperature of your tortellini. Shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi requires a similar amount of effort. Add it to a simmering soup and cook until the little potato dumplings float to the top. Garnish with some sort of thickened or cultured dairy and scallions to accentuate the potato vibe. Mashed potatoes Speaking of potato vibes, you can use leftover mashed potatoes to make gnocchi-like dumplings —all you need is one egg and one cup of all-purpose flour for every two cups of cold mashed potatoes. Mix gently, then roll the […]