Use-What-You-Have Soup Formula

Serves 4 or 6 as a main dish, depending on the size of your crockpot

Veggie Base – Fill your crockpot 3/4 full with bite sized pieces of your base veggie: Carrots, onions, hard winter squash, celery root potatoes, sweet potatoes, or any combination of these

Veggie flavor and color – Add about a cup of green onions, shallots, peppers – anything you want to give it flavor and a little more color or texture.

Herbs and spices – Add about 1/2 teaspoon per quart of liquid of salt, 2-3 cloves of garlic, or to taste.  Fresh or powdered ginger is delicious.  Check out The Flavor Bible for perfect spice combinations for your veggies.

Acidity- add one lemon juiced, or a splash of apple cider vinegar before serving

Meat – For already cooked meat, add just before serving so it doesn’t get tough in the crockpot.

Toppings – Top each bowl with fresh herbs, coconut milk, milk kefir, yogurt, heavy cream, cheese, hot sauce, salsa, or crackers.  This can really dress up a bowl of soup and doesn’t take very long to do.

Stock- I make this easy chicken stock on Sundays, boil it down until it’s about 4 cups of liquid, add 1/4 cup of gelatin to the reduced stock, and let it firm up in the fridge.  Then cut it into cubes, this much stock does a week’s worth of soup for our family.  I use 2-3 cubes per crockpot full of soup.  If you don’t boil it down to stock cubes, use 3-6 cups of stock per batch of soup.

Water – Fill the crockpot with water after adding the rest of the ingredients.  It should be at least 3/4 full, be sure to leave about 1″ or so at the top so it doesn’t bubble over.

Cook- Cook in a crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6.  If you don’t have time to allow for crockpotting, simmer on the stove for 30-60 minutes in a stock pot.

Adding variety: You can cook chicken stock down to a reduction sauce to use on meats (we love it with meatballs), I’ll post my recipe soon. You also can enjoy it pureed (I puree before I add the meat) with an immersion blender or with big chunks.  Soup daily doesn’t have to be boring, but it IS frugal and has amazing health benefits!


Soup soup soup – easy to digest, nourishing, frugal, and full of amazing health benefits! Plus it’s easy! Putting it in the crock pot in the morning not only fills the house with a delicious aroma all day, but it also means that you just need to make a side dish for dinner.

Roasted pepper and Butternut Squash with Heavy Cream


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Serving Leftovers

For any soup that is left over after dinner, store in a quart or pint mason jar in the fridge.  Then you can  re-heat it in the microwave or in a small saucepan.  It’s not uncommon for us to have 1-2 servings left over, so this can be a quick lunch for the toddler and I, or can be re-heated and go in thermoses.

You might be surprised to see that I use my microwave, but it really helps use up leftovers without making more dirty dishes.  Of course you can simmer on the stovetop in a small saucepan and that is a great option as well- I usually do this for dinner, but for lunch we’ll microwave and move on with the day :)

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In addition to providing easy-to-digest amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, we can also add a drizzle or sprinkle of flavor-boosting ingredients. These toppings make the soups beautiful, and they add healthy fats, antioxidants, and more!

  • Fresh Pressed olive oil provides healthy fats, and if we drizzle it on top, it retains all the benefits of raw olive oil.  I use olive oil from the Fresh Pressed Olive Oil Club, and you can sign up here and get your first bottle free!
  • Coconut milk is a dairy-free creamy source of medium-chain fatty acids.  When we generously top soup with coconut milk, it becomes filling enough to make into a meal.
  • Raw cream can be cultured with kefir grains, and then provides a probiotic boost in addition to healthy fats.
  • Bacon bits (save a couple slices from breakfast!) give an unmistakable taste and crouton-like texture to pureed soup.
  • Fresh herbs provide antioxidants and other healing compounds.  Keep a container garden on your windowsill, or try some of the fresh herbs available in the produce section in your grocery store.
  • A squeeze of lemon lightens up a heavy soup and can be combined with any of the more rich toppings above.



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