Create your own soup! Choose the specified amount from each category and follow the directions below. Each pot of soup serves four adults.

  • 1 onion (chopped) 


  • 2-3 cups (chopped) of the following vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned)

1 of the following

  • 2 cups cooked beans (or canned, drained and rinsed)
  • 1-pound lean meat
  • 1 cup cheese

1 of the following

  • 4 ounces whole grain noodles or pasta
  • 1/2 cup uncooked grain

4 Cups Total

  • Vegetable, beef or chicken broth or broth made from bouillon
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes and 2 cups water
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Green peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini
  • Black beans 
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chickpeas
  • Cooked chicken
  • Cooked ground beef
  • Cooked turkey
  • Cooked ham
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils (uncooked)
  • Pinto beans
  • Split peas (uncooked)
  • White beans
  • Whole grain egg noodles
  • Small whole grain pasta shapes
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Bulgur
  • 2-3 teaspoons dried herbs
  • 2-4 Tablespoons fresh herbs, such as
    • Basil
    • Bay leaf (remove after cooking)
    • Chili powder
    • Cumin
    • Minced garlic
    • Oregano
    • Rosemary
    • Salt (no more than 1/4 teaspoon)
    • Thyme

Directions: In a large pot, cook onion 1/4 cup water or broth until slightly browned. Add vegetables and protein. Brown or cook protein as needed. Add remaining ingredients (except fresh herbs). Partially cover pot and simmer until meat is thoroughly cooked and the grain and vegetables are tender (about 20-30 minutes). Add fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer another five minutes. Serve.

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Create Your Own Soup

In saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in the oil. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are soft. Add optional garlic, cook 1 minute more.Add liquid to onion mixture; bring to simmerAdd vegetables, cooked beans and/or meat, and starch or thickener. Cook until everything is hot.Add remaining seasonings. Cook an additional 5minutes to combine flavors.


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