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Making your own soup

Updated on March 15, 2012
 vegetable and lentil soup
vegetable and lentil soup

How to make soup- I rarely make soup but when I do I make sure it is a good one. When I say good. What I mean is good for you and one thats tastes good.

To start with I get a variety of beans that you use as a base. Lentils all varieties, red, white, brown. The same with other beans, red kidney beans and so on. I then decide how much soup I am going to make usually a big pot which will last a week or so. Then I get the bean and put them in a large bowl and leave then in water in the fridge to soak overnight. The water should extend over the top of the beans by about half an inch in the old measurements. This is because the beans will take up some of the water in the soaking process. Now in the morning when the beans are taken out of the fridge say a minimum of eight hours they will be soft enough to include in the rest of the soup mix. Next you need to decide what to add to the soup a A chicken stock base for instance. Or you can do like I do and add just a wide variety of white and red and other coloured vegetables. These will need to be peeled sliced chopped as required. Then added to the giant mix. Then you ned to select the herbs ans spices that you want to add. In this case I say the more the merrier. When it comes to soup my soup that is I add salt, peppers, garlic, parsley, Worstershire Sauce, HP sauce, Soy sauce to name a few. They all go into the mix...

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    • Alexander Mark profile image

      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I had no idea it was so easy. Recently I made potato cream soup and it was the best soup I have ever had I must say - perhaps with the exception of my mother's soups :-) I'll be coming back to this hub when I make my next batch of soup!

    • Merlin Fraser profile image

      Merlin Fraser 

      8 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Scottish Broth is one of my favourites, starting with the boiling of either a cheap lamb cut or the leftover carcass of turkey or chicken for a good stock base, a cupful of dried mixed pulses, soaked in waterovernight. Then the chopped veg, carrot, turnip, onion, leek and potato. seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

      When it's cooked and cool if you stand your wooden spoon up in the middle without falling over it's ready.

      Not a quick dish but on a cold winter's day with a hunk of fresh bead.... Can't beat it.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ethel it is so easy anyone even I can do it !

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I never make soup perhaps I should

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      My wife makes soup every summer. We have so many great vegetables and tomatoes and her soup is mighty tasty on those cold winter evenings. Great hub.

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