This soup is my version of the old fable Stone Soup. In the fable a hungry and road-weary stranger stops for the night with his trusty cooking pot. All he has to put in it is water and a large rock. The villagers see the stranger boiling a rock and become curious and ask what he is doing. The hungry stranger tells them he is making an amazing-tasting soup with his magical rock. He goes on to say he would be willing to share his soup if the villagers had a few extra bits they would be willing to part with to help “season” the soup. Everyone adds a little bit: a carrot, an onion, a few potatoes, a ham bone. Before long there is no room for the stone and the soup is ready. Magically it is just as tasty as the traveling stranger promised.
I don’t start with a stone for this soup, however, I do have a trusty soup pot… and I have been weary many a nights!
I guess a better description for this would be “Pantry Soup”, and just like the traveling stranger, I can tell you that it always ends up being an amazing-tasting soup! I check out the freezer, the vegetable crisper and the cupboards, adding all the little bits of tasty magic that I find. This is a “go to” dinner for a busy weeknight. It’s fast, it’s tasty and it’s filling (especially when it is paired with a bread of some type).
This is the kind of recipe that is a “non-recipe.” It can be tweaked, changed, and generally re-worked to fit with what you have hanging out in your cupboard or vegetable crisper.