Basic Soup

Finally the last item.  Soup.  The narrative is self-explanatory

Basic Soup (GrammaA)

Soup is a lovely, warm, nutritious meal.  It is also quite personal.  It is time consuming, but well worth it.

The Broth – Use most any kind of leftover bones, i.e. chicken, turkey, beef, ham, or purchase a soup bone with a little meat on it, chicken backs, turkey necks, or a ham hock.  Place in a large kettle or crock pot.  Cover with water (probably a couple of quarts more or less) and simmer until the meat falls off the bones (in a crock cook all day).  Cool until you can handle, then pick the meat off the bones.  At this point refrigerate so any fat will rise and solidify.  Remove fat.  It can be used now or frozen for later use.

The Soup – Now you can add whatever you want to make the soup.  Use only the things you like to eat, but I recommend two or three stalks of celery, an onion, and either rice or noodles.  This is the basic soup.  Now comes the personal touch.  Add anything from the following or whatever you feel like:  leftover vegetables, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, winter squash, mashed potato, frozen mixed vegetables.  Experiment and you will find combinations that are your favorites.  If the soup it too thick, add water.  If it looks too thin, make sure the lid of off and let it simmer a while.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy.


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