How to Make Your Own Homemade Soup From Scratch!

by Lucy Hudnall

Homemade Soup is really easy. Let me show you how and You Can Pick the ingredients!

Supplies

  • Choice of meat
  • Choice of liquid
  • Choice of starch
  • Choice of veggies
  • Choice of seasonings
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    As you can see from the Supply List, My Recipe is Very Lenient. I will show you how to pick and choose what you like and what you have on hand.

    Step 2

    Start with a clean skillet pan. Turn heat on medium.

    Step 3

    Now first add a spoonful of fat. You can choose.. Olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, butter or your saved bacon fat. Think about what you will be cooking in it and what flavor the fat will bring.

    Step 4

    I chose the bacon fat. Into the pan it goes.

    Step 5

    Choose your meat. Choose chicken, sausage, seafood, deer meat or different cuts of beef. I'm using a pound of ground deer. You can use the amount you want. Maybe you're just using up leftovers.

    Step 6

    Now with your meat on. Add salt. You can choose your fav salt product. This is my favorite.

    Step 7

    I keep it in a small Tupperware bowl with lid.

    Step 8

    I just pinch out to sprinkle over the meat.

    Step 9

    Now my bunch like the ground deer to be in small pieces so I run across with a fork and smash it to crumbles. You prepare your meat how you choose. Like beef cubes or strings of chicken, you pick.

    Step 10

    I have large pan holding in back for things as they are done. I place the meat in.

    Step 11

    With beef or deer I like to add a tomato factor. You do not have to. These are the end of summer tomatoes that the heat got to. I just freeze them flat and add the cooked down juice to recipes.

    Step 12

    If you have on hand, you can choose fresh tomatoes, canned whole tomatoes, crushed, diced, paste, a sauce or the juice. It's really up to you. Add as little or a lot as you like.

    Step 13

    You could even add ketchup if you like. It will give that tomato flavor.

    Step 14

    Here's my pan I prepared the meat in. I like to throw in my tomato part right to this.

    Step 15

    See the clear tomato juice. When it freezes. It collects up that way. Any Italian will tell you, allow the tomato to cook down.

    Step 16

    "Scratch" the bottom of the pan with your wooden spoon to get the meaty bits lefts behind that will help flavor your soup.

    Step 17

    See how clear?

    Step 18

    Now I've let it "cook down". Now all that means is you allow it to come to boil. Then you turn down the heat just enough that it is in a low boil and simmering. The simmering will concentrate it.

    Step 19

    I don't want the tomato skins and seeds in my soup, only the liquid. You can pour it all in. It's your choice.

    Step 20

    I pour into the strainer and allow it to drain over the meat I already had in the pot.

    Step 21

    Now in another small pot.. Start heating up your liquid of choice. I prefer 3 cans of chicken stock with 1 can of evaporated milk. You can use beef broth, tomato, milk or water.

    Step 22

    If you do get these kind of cans, be sure to cut off the labels and give to your local school.

    Step 23

    So I'm warming up chicken broth separate. Once these heat up, I'll add a can of evaporated milk. Or I could use milk or constituted powdered milk.

    Step 24

    Now pick a starch. I want potatoes today. But you could use noodles, macaroni, any shape pasta, or rice, even left over mashed potatoes! Oh and any type of potatoes will work too.

    Step 25

    If you are using pasta or rice, you can pre-cook it before you add it. Be sure to add plenty of salt to the water to cook it. Taste the water. It should taste salty.

    Step 26

    But this time I'm using potatoes. I'm chopping these up and in the pan to fry in some fat. I'm using olive oil.

    Step 27

    Don't forget the salt. Starch foods gotta have it to develop the flavor.

    Step 28

    Salt'em and Shake'em.

    Step 29

    Now to other veggies. I have fresh carrots. You can rummage the fridge for what you have, clean and cut it up too. I like to clean, skin and shred the carrots. My kiddies won't eat a carrot hunk.

    Step 30

    I just spread right over my potatoes.

    Step 31

    Give her a shake and she's mixed up. Cook till soft.

    Step 32

    Oh my broth is boiling! Gotta turn down and add my dairy.

    Step 33

    See the difference? Ok let's taste this.

    Step 34

    How does it taste? Salty enough? No? Well add it. Taste again. Maybe it needs some red pepper flakes or hot sauce? When it's how you like it, let it come back to a boil then add to big pot.

    Step 35

    Ok the potatoes are soft. Scoop up with a draining spoon and add to big pot.

    Step 36

    Now I like to add fresh seasoning like onion and garlic. I chop up the onion and place in that same frying pan now with potato and carrot bits.

    Step 37

    Do NOT add Salt to Onion!!! The salt draws out all the juice of the onion. You want the onions to "sweat" some to de-glaze your pan but not dry them out.

    Step 38

    I added whole cloves of garlic that were smashed to the onions. See the shiny onions. They're sweating. Remember to scrape the pan for the bits! But when they start to brown pour out in big pan.

    Step 39

    Added into the big pot and Stir.

    Step 40

    Now my bunch likes a bean in their soup too. Usually you will see green beans. But also can use kidney beans, black beans, black eyed peas, even pork and beans!

    Step 41

    My son wanted these.

    Step 42

    Once again, dump into that skillet pan.

    Step 43

    Juice and all.

    Step 44

    Scrape the pan letting the bean juice grab that flavor. Allow the beans to "cook down" the juice and they will start to pop open. Then they're ready.

    Step 45

    Add to the pot!

    Step 46

    Lastly, add a green. I like fresh kale, greens, cabbage or spinach. But all I have on hand is dried chopped chives. (Green onion). Add the green.

    Step 47

    Stir in. Now that's looking good.

    Step 48

    Add Lid. Allow to come to boil. Turn down heat and allow to simmer at least 15-30 min. This allows the flavors to intensify.

    Step 49

    Now yours may have carrot rounds and green beans.

    Step 50

    Or corn with elbow macaroni.

    Step 51

    Maybe it's a thicker tomato saucy soup.

    Step 52

    Or drier with larger bites.

    Step 53

    Maybe it has broken up lasagna in it.

    Step 54

    Or a heavy cream with beef tips.

    Step 55

    A thicker pot with celery.

    Step 56

    Cabbage and kidney beans...

    Step 57

    Okra and red peppers...

    Step 58

    Broken spaghetti with a soupier no dairy soup.

    Step 59

    Or with peas, corn, carrots.. Oh my!

    Step 60

    Maybe you added rice and lots of cheese.

    Step 61

    Or chicken..

    Step 62

    Beef, rice and peas..

    Step 63

    Or it's just like Mine Today. Any way you want to fix it. Serve along with cornbread, crackers or croutons...or a peanut butter sandwich or a grill cheese!! You Choose! Enjoy!!