Nothing's easier then making vegetable soup: you don't even need a recipe. Just a few hints and tricks... First of all, you need good base. A chicken broth is a good start. To make one, buy yourself 30 cents worth of chicken. Let it boil with 2 liters of water and a little salt for two or three hours. You actually need around 2 or 3 cups of the stuff, depending on how much soup you want to make, and strong your broth is. Then buy yourself fresh vegetables: Try patatoes, tomatoes, onions, zucchinis, mushrooms, spinachs... etc. 5 to 8 different vegetables, not more than that. Add salt, pepper, garlic and one spice of your choice, like teragoen, origano or rosemary. Once again, don't over do it! You want to be able to taste every ingredient in your soup. The broth is very important. It's what brings all the taste together. Then put the broth and the vegetables in one large cauldron. Add water until it reaches 2/3 of the cauldron. Add the salt. Set your stove to medium heat and let leave it alone for a good 3 to 4 hours. You can add water if you find there's not enough of it. Add your main spice half an hour before the soup is done. There it is! If you wish to add rice or pastas, i suggest you add them already cooked, within the last hour of cooking. Jean-Dominique Baril (sending from J-F Lussier's account)
Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science (SCS) graciously hosts the Recipe Archive. We encourage you to learn about SCS educational programs and research.