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Recipe for ‘Watcha Got’ Soup

AMY GARDNER / November 11, 2018

Soup is a forgiving dish.  It’s ok to replace an ingredient here or there if you need to, as long as it’s not key to the flavor of the soup.
Here is a blueprint you can use to make soup using “watcha got” or “whatcha like” in your kitchen.


Choose One

12oz (~4) Chicken Sausages (any flavor)

12oz Pork Sausages

4-5 slices of Canadian Bacon

6 Slices of turkey or pork bacon

1lb ground beef or turkey (browned and seasoned with salt & pepper)

1lb vegetarian meat substitute (browned and seasoned with salt & pepper)

Choose one (15oz can or equivalent, rinsed)

Kidney Beans

Black Beans

Cannellini Beans

Black-eyed Peas


Choose One

4 cups chopped kale

4 cups baby spinach

4 cups green or red cabbage halved then sliced in thin strips


8 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup baby carrots cut lengthwise then cubed, then cut in to 1/2in slices*

3 stalks of celery chopped*

1 small onion chopped or 4 leeks cut in 1/2 and then sliced*

4 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP tomato paste

2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

1 TBSP each chopped fresh herbs of choice (Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Oregeno)**

*Quick recipe hack – use the maripoux from Trader Joe’s (or another store) to spare yourself the chopping.

**Replace with 1tsp dried herbs in a pinch


1. Sautee meat/meat alternative in large skillet in 2TBSP olive oil until browned on all sides.

2. Add kale, spinach or cabbage and sautee an additional 2-3 minutes until covered with oil and slightly soft

3. Transfer to a bowl

4. Add remaining 2TBSP of olive oil and sautee the carrots, onions/leeks, celery until soft

5. Add the tomato paste, parsley and any other spices, stirring ~1min

6. Add the broth, meat-veggie mixture and beans and bring to a boil.

7. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 min.

8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.