This is for a big pot of soup – its usually cooked in a crock pot all day long. It can be cooked on the stove fine just make sure the onions and squashes are cooked soft.
The Bare Minimum
A Yellow Onion
Can of kidney beans (drained)
Can of Garbanzo beans/chick peas (drained)
2-3 cans diced tomatoes/rotel (not drained)
(1/2 a bag – a bag) Mixed frozen veggies (peas,carrots, corn, limas, green beans)
4-6 cups of water
(optional/seasonal mixins – frozen cut okra, corn, hominy, black beans, white beans, limas, diced sweet peppers, zukes, yellow squash)
(variation – cabbage – no okra, no hominy, add chopped cabbage and maybe some corn, use thicker chunky diced tomatoes)
(variation – mexican – make sure some of the tomatoes are rotel, add a taco seasoning packet, use hominy, use a bit of corn, use pintos and kidneys for the beans, a bit of diced sweet peppers)
A lot of salt – salt to taste
A lot of italian spices
Crushed red pepper to taste
louisiana cajun seasoning to taste
You could add rice, barley, noodles and such BUT you have to cook it in a separate pot and then add it in right before you serve the soup. The pasta and rice sometimes dissolve in the soup after hours of cooking.