(Makes 8 generous servings)
BROTH (choose one)
Tomato: One 12-oz. can tomato paste PLUS two 16-oz.
cans tomatoes with juice (chopped) PLUS water to
equal 10 cups total
Chicken/Turkey: 10 cups broth OR 4 bouillon cubes dissolved
in 10 cups water
Beef: 10 cups broth OR 4 bouillon cubes dissolved in 10 cups
PROTEIN (choose one -- 1 pound or 2 cups, cooked)
Ground beef, browned
Leftover meatballs or meatloaf, chopped
Cooked chicken or turkey (cut up)
Ham (cut up)
Frankfurters, sliced (or any sausage or Kielbasa)
Beans, cooked or canned (pintos, kidney, Great Northern, or
a mixture of whatever you have on hand)
GRAIN (choose 1 or 2 -- total of 2 cups)
Rice, cooked (any variety)
Dumplings (add near end of cooking time)
VEGETABLES (raw, cooked or canned, choose 2 or more --
total of 1 - 2 cups)
Peas or pea pods
Zucchini (add raw)
SEASONINGS (choose 2 - 4 spices, 1 - 2 teaspoons each)
TO PREPARE SOUP:
Bring broth to a boil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven.
Add all ingredients; salt and pepper to taste; reduce heat;
simmer one hour.
SLOW COOKER PREP:
Pour boiling stock and other ingredients into slow cooker
and simmer 8 - 12 hours or overnight on LOW setting.