Follow these basic steps and you can make a delicious soup without depending on a recipe:
1) In saucepan over medium heat, saute or “sweat” aromatics (onion, garlic, carrots, celery, herbs or spice mixes)
2) Cook meat, if using;
3) Add vegetables – roots like potatoes in first and save leafy greens like spinach until the soup is almost done to keep them bright;
4) Add broth or water – with longer cooking soups water will take on the flavors and become broth, otherwise, use a packaged, organic broth;
5) Add any canned beans near the end to warm through. Cover and cook at a low boil until vegetables are tender.
Tips: Cook pasta separately and add to each bowl to avoid mushy leftovers; If using canned tomatoes add them with the broth; if using tomato paste, add 1-2 tbsp after sweating the aromatics.