'Tis the season for soup! I challenge you to try this fail safe formula for creating a soup that serves four adults.

Step 1 — Use a large soup pot or electric skillet. Heat 2 tablespoons of fat of your choice (oil — vegetable, canola, olive; butter or margarine.)

Step 2 — Add 1 medium chopped onion (or use pre—chopped frozen onion to save time!)

Step 3 — Choose one protein such as 1 pound beef, chicken, ham, or sausage and cook with onion. Another option would be to use caned beef, chicken, ham or beans (any variety, 16 ounce size).

Step 4 — Choose one or more vegetables (2—3 cups, chopped) such as celery, green pepper, green beans, carrots, peas, corn, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc. Any fresh, canned, frozen (or combination) will work great!

Step 5 — Choose one starch like 3—4 cups diced potatoes, or 2 cans of beans or 4 ounces of egg noodles, macaroni, pasta or 1/2 cup uncooked rice, quinoa or other grain.

Step 6 — Choose a broth — you need 4 cups (equal to 1 quart). Consider options like 2 cans of chicken, beef and/or vegetable broth or 4 cups of water with a flavored bouillon or 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes with 3 cups water or 4 cups milk and chicken bouillon.

Step 7 — Choose one or more seasonings — 1—2 teaspoons dried herbs, bay leaf, 1—2 Tablespoons fresh herbs and/or minced garlic.

After all ingredients are added, partially cover pot/skillet and simmer until meat is cooked and starch and vegetables are tender (about 20—30 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

If using fresh herbs, add at end (approximately 5 minutes before serving). I hope your soup creation is amazing!

Source: The Science of Good Cooking, Cook’s Illustrated; and Create a Soup from Utah State University Food Sense


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Becky Reid is the family and consumer sciences agent for K—State Research and Extension, Cowley County. She can be reached at (620) 221—5450 or (620) 441—4565.

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