Ol' Fashioned Stone Soup

"There are so many versions of stone soup AND the story of stone soup, but preparation of it is a group affair, & ingredients can be anything that works for you! This particular recipe comes from familyfun.go.com, & it's a great group activity. Two versions of the story can be found online, one at http://stonesoup.esd.ornl.gov & another one at www.thatsmyhome.com . Reading the story to the group is part of it all! The FIRST INGREDIENT--which I'm unable to list properly--should be "1 LARGE stone, preferrably quartz, because it won't break down during cooking.""
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  • Get someone to wash & rinse the stone, scrubbing thoroughly, then put it in the bottom of a pot of water to boil while preparing the rest of the soup [OR in a pinch, use a LARGE potato as a sybolic 'stone'].
  • If making the soup WITH A GROUP, be sure that each person has brought together one or more of the ingredients.
  • In another LARGE pot, melt butter or heat the oil, then saute onion on medium-high for 2-4 minutes. Stir in celery, carrot, potatoes & bell pepper, sauteeing 6-8 minutes.
  • Add garlic & saute about 30 seconds, then pour the broth into the LARGE pot.
  • Use tongs, ladle or large spoon to fish out the hot 'stone' & put it into the LARGE pot.
  • Heat to boiling.
  • Add zucchini, squash, corn & pasta, cooking another 8 minutes or until the zucchini is the desired softness.
  • Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  • Before serving, sprinkle on cheese & croutons, then ladle--minus the stone--into individual bowls.

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  1. Now who would have imaged such a soup from just a stone! A simple yet nutritious meal that is very tasty. I made two very minor changes in that I left out the croutons and added a little fresh rosemary as per the story there was a little in the house. Thanks for the tasty memory of a story I always enjoyed and can now remember often thanks to this tasty soup.
  2. i remember reading the story when i was a kid ,i love the story , i love the soup its basic and you can use what you have , good tasting soup for being made with just a stone .
  3. Mike you did it again. I sent this recipe to some teacher friends as well because this is one fo the stories we read during Read Across America. Wonderful and fun to make. I did not use the stone but a large russet tater in it's place. They had some fantastic veggies at the market this week so my zuchinni and squash were perfect. Use wheat linguini pasta broken into approx. 2 in pieces instead of egg noodles. I bet this would be great with spinach noodles as well.
  4. Really tasty soup, fun for an office holiday party. We made it in a crock pot so some adjustments were required to saute some ingredients before adding to the cooker. We used vegetable broth to have a veggie option, but it would be great with chicken broth. Thanks!
  5. Just loved this vegetable soup!!! It is nice that it allows for you to add the ingredients of your choice, which I did, by adding in diced tomatoes and green beans, and left out red bell pepper, zucchini and squash. I too used the potato in place of the stone. The combination of vegetables/juices, makes this so flavorful. Thanks for sharing. Made for PRMR.


  1. I am a big germie so I couldn't bring myself to add a stone to the soup but we did use a potato. I used green bell pepper instead of red, also omitted the corn and yellow squash. I didn't use the crutons but instead I made "recipe#50973" to go with the meal. With all that said DH said it was a nice dinner. To me it felt like something was missing, so for leftovers the next day I added 1/2 lb cooked ground turkey. This recipe is a great way to get your veggies. I will try it with rice instead of pasta next time.



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