Winter is around the corner in this city. The weather is still mostly sunny, but it’s cold. There is no better excuse to warm up with some warm home-made soup, is there?
Now I want to share with you a soup recipe I made and liked. I called it an “all-purpose” soup, because you can alter it to any type of soup. It’s like a basic soup that is eaten as it is, or turned into a chicken soup, and so on. Before you read on, I have 2 warnings:
- I’m allergic to onion and garlic, thus my foods never have these ingredients.
- I didn’t measure almost none of the ingredients, and I wanted more soup, to have some the next day. Making soup is no exact science for me.
frozen mixes are a good alternative, if you don't want to make the soup from scratch
- 2 liters of water
- 3-4 medium potatoes
- 1-2 medium to small carrots
- 1-2 small bell peppers
- 1/4 cauliflower head
- any other ingredient (vegetables or condiments) you can think of that would work in a soup
- Turn the stove top on, throw the salt in the water in a large enough pot, and put the pot on the fire.
- Peel the carrots, dice them and put them in the pot. The water doesn’t need to boil, there is enough time.
- Peel the potatoes, dice them to bite size and drop them in the pot.
- Clean the peppers, chop them and put them in the pot.
- Clean the cauliflower, chop it, and drop it in the pot.
- Add any other vegetable you selected above. Any condiments should be added some 10 minutes before you stop the fire.
- Let boil. It took my soup 45 minutes to completely boil.
MAKE A MEAT SOUP
Separately, clean any type of meat you want in your soup. Dice the meat and fry it in a pan with little oil. Grilled meat works fine too. The important part is to cook the meat well.
When the soup is done, put some meat pieces in a bowl and add hot soup on top for a serving. You can cover the bowl for some 10-15 minutes and then serve.
Meatballs work just as nicely, but make sure they’re properly cooked, like above.
This “all-purpose” soup is great for families in which some members don’ t eat meat while others do. My soup is red because I had put some 2 or 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce. These are added towards the end, with some 10 minutes before you turn off the fire.
© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.
this entry was edited in May 2018, with pictures taken at various times.