Stone Soup


January 11, 2019

Weary travelers find a way to bring a town together for a delightful meal when the town folk said "there is no food here." Read the story, share family, become a "Master Cook" and create your own magical soup. Story is inspiring. Standardized recipe is delightful and adaptable. See the ingredient suggestions at the bottom of the page for a more formal soup.

  • Yields: 6-8 Servings


4 cups chicken or beef broth

4 cups canned tomatoes

1-2 cups diced/shredded cooked meat

1-2 cups cooked grain or pasta

1-2 cups cooked vegetables

1-2 cups cooked legumes

1 cup shredded or crumbled cheese

Season to taste

Topping of choice - Croutons, Sliced Green Onion, Sour Cream, Bacon crumbles


Combine equal parts broth and tomatoes, bring to a boil.

Option one - add your choice of meat, grain, pasta, vegetables and legumes. Bring to a boil and simmer to blend flavors. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a pinch of herbs to taste. Serve hot soup with toppings.

Option two - place cooked meats, grains, pasta, vegetables, and legumes in serving bowls. Each person places 1-2 tablespoons of each filling ingredients in their individual bowl. Ladle ¾-1 cup boiling broth over ingredients in bowl. Garnish with sour cream and croutons.

The portions and suggestions below are just suggestions. Use leftovers; prepare ingredients ahead for a quick weeknight dinner; invite friends over for a party and each bring their soup addition. (See below for suggestions)

Stone Soup Story has slight variations based on culture and time – weary travelers, returning soldiers; a stone, a axe, a nail; stingy town folk, curious town folk, friendly and generous town folk.

Stone Soup Story

Here is my favorite version. Weary travelers arrived at a town and stopped to ask for food. Each door they knocked on they were refused – ‘there is no food here.’ Since the town folk were stingy the travelers decided “since there was no food in this town we needed make soup for the town.” They called out to the town “We are Master Cooks, and we’re going to make a magic soup. Who would have a big pot we can use for the soup?” Curious, one person brings them a big pot to which the travelers added water and a magic “stone.” The master cooks described to the gathering curious town folk how good this soup was going to be, but thought it would taste even better if it had a carrot. Did anyone have a carrot? One person steps forward with a carrot. This was good and would make a great soup. But it would taste even better if it had an onion. One person steps forward with an onion. The process continues until the whole town got involved and brought ingredients to make the soup extra special. They also brought bowls and spoons, and cheese, and bread and milk - and the entire town had a glorious magical feast. What was the magic in the soup? Sharing.

Ingredient Suggestions

Cheese (shredded, crumbles, cube): Cheddar, Mozzarella, Blue, Gruyere, Parmesan.

Meats: Diced ham, shredded rotarrasie chicken, cooked Italian sausage, cooked ground beef, meatballs, diced hard cooked eggs.

Grain: Cooked rice, fried rice, cooked quinoa, barley, wheat berries, ramen noodles.

Pasta: Cooked macaroni; broken spaghetti; tortellini; gnocchi. May consider cooking pasta in the broth, or have pre-cooked for a customized soup bowl.

Vegetable (canned, fresh, frozen): Consider cooking or partially cooking vegetables. Peas (don’t cook); green beans, corn, zucchini, caramelized onions, steamed broccoli florets, cauliflower.

Legumes (canned or cooked): Kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, 3 beans salad.


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