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Everything But the Kitchen Sink Soup

Updated on November 1, 2013

When I was first married I used to make home made soup several times a month especially in the winter months. It was never the same soup twice because I used whatever I could find in the cupboards and fridge.

Some of my best soup was actually made on a wood burning stove (a Franklin Stove actually) that we had in this little house we rented when we were first married. It was in a rural area and very often in the winter the power would go out as the result of a wind or snow storm. This recipe saved my bacon (did I mention I sometimes added bacon to the soup) on more than one occasion.

I would start with Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup mix and then start adding ingredients. If I had a small amount of leftover hamburger I would fry it in the soup pan first and then add the soup mix. Frying it in the soup pan added a lot more flavor to the soup. After that I would usually throw in leftover rice or add dried peas or beans. I would also chop up whatever vegetables I had in the fridge. These would usually be potatoes, broccoli, celery, onions and carrots.

Sometimes I would chop up wieners and add that to the mix if I didn't have any hamburger. From time to time I would add a can of tomatoes as I always kept a can of stewed tomatoes in the cupboard.

For seasoning I would use salt and pepper and a favorite flavoring of my mother-in-law's call Maggi. If I didn't have any of that I would use Worcestershire Sauce.

Another way I often made the soup if I didn't have any soup mix was instead to add water and break up spaghetti or other kinds of noodles and add them in with all the other ingredients and then let it simmer on the back of the stove. It didn't take too long for the noodles to get soft and often thickened up the soup as well.


  • Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup Mix or Noodles
  • Hamburger or wieners
  • Vegetables such as fresh broccoli, celery, onions, potatoes, carrots
  • Leftover rice
  • Dried legumes such as split peas or beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Maggi or Worcestershire Sauce
  • Water if not using soup mix


  1. If using hamburger start by frying it in the soup pan with a little oil if needed. Once it is browned add in the soup mix, chopped vegetables, leftover rice and seasonings.
  2. This soup really should be called Everything But the Kitchen Sink Soup because you can add anything you want and make it you own special recipe.
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