Everything But The Stone Soup

by Kelly · 5 comments

in Recipes & Ideas

I’m a big fan of soup. Whether it’s for warming up on a cold winter night, a sneaky way to get some veggies into my kids (or husband), a quick fix to the problem of ‘what’s-for-dinner’ or a frugal meal plan, soup is a great choice in many ways.

One of my favorite soups starts out as nothing at all really, just a desire or need for soup. I’m sure you’ve all heard the story of stone soup, with the peddlar who comes along with a magic stone to make soup. “This would be so much tastier” he says, “with a carrot. Of course we don’t need a carrot, but if you had a carrot…” and the housewife produces a carrot.

On and on the story goes, until the end result is a fragrant concoction that bears little to no resemblance to a stone.

I like to take a carrot or two, an onion, a can of chopped tomatoes. Then I might throw in some leftovers, or a hamburger patty. Sometimes some dried wheat, other times some chopped potato.

The point is, that there are things in life that don’t need a plan, and cooking is one of them. Add a little of this, and a little of that. Sometimes it turns out better than others, but at the very least it’s soup. And soup is good!

What’s your favorite soup?


1 Nancy January 15, 2009

I'm a fan of all soups. I try to include 1 or 2 homemade soups a week on my menu. Tonight we're having Winter Sausage Soup — chicken broth, carrot, onion, potato, spinach, smoked sausage served w/homemade croutons. It's sub-zero here today so it will be the perfect way to warm up tonight.

2 CarrieK January 15, 2009

Yay soups! Especially in winter. I make up a huge batch and freeze it in 8 oz portions. Easy to pack for my husband's lunch too. I make my own stock and clean out my veggie drawer at least once a month. Sometimes I'll add leftover pasta or rice too. My favorite "secret" ingredients are coconut cream and/or Parmesan cheese rinds. A tablespoon or two of coconut cream adds a lot of nutrition and a very subtle flavor. Parmesan cheese rinds add great flavor (you'll need less salt) and creaminess. Be sure to fish them out before you serve it!

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3 Ali January 15, 2009

Gotta love sausage and kale! It can be pretty low cal if you use low fat turkey sausage and kale is a nutrition powerhouse!

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4 Kelly January 16, 2009

Carrie, that’s a great idea of how to use the Parmesan rinds- I never would have thought of that!

5 Barbara January 19, 2009

I'm a BIG soup fan, too. I love lentil soup. I add some sliced chorizo in towards the end – gives a lovely kick.

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