Heart and Soul Warming Soup

There is a bit of a nip in the air today and I think this weather calls for a bowl of delicious, hearty soup.

I actually found this recipe in a book on Merlin’s shelves when I was sorting through them to throw them all away.  It was a strange recipe, requiring one to ask the neighbors for all sorts of ingredients.  Well, I don’t speak to most of my neighbors so I adjusted the recipe accordingly.

First of all you need a nice big enameled cast iron pot.  Don’t skimp on this step!


I find that the most expensive cast iron pot is always the best choice.

Put the pot on the stove filled with 2 quarts of water and bring it to a rolling boil.


Like so.

You need a clean white stone for the next step.  I suppose you could use any clean white stone, but I use one I found on the beach near Martha Stewart’s house.  I really think it is worth going to that beach in Connecticut to get your own stone because the quality is so much better than other white stones.


Maybe Santa will pack a Martha Stewart beach stone in his pack for you if you don’t already have one handy.

Bring the water back to a boil and let it cook for 45 minues to impart the delicious mineral flavors.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I use about 1 1/2 cups of salt and a dash of pepper.


Yum!  My house is starting to smell really great right about now!

In the original recipe they threw a bunch of random vegetables in the water willy nilly, but I like the clean taste of spinach.  Occasionally I add a lentil or two for some chewiness, but I didn’t today.


Let it cook for awhile.  Sometimes I cook it so long the spinach just melts away!

When your kids come into the kitchen looking for dinner, you know it is done.  Remove from the heat and serve.


I usually add sriracha but I ran out so I used some thai curry paste.  I like a fair amount of heat, but feel free to add more if you like yours spicy!

18 thoughts on “Heart and Soul Warming Soup

  1. Equestrian Pilates mama

    Mmmm Yummy. I love it how you have used ingredients that literally everyone would have lying around their homes. Although, my stone is smoother and whiter than yours – and was probably found closer to Martha’s house.

    Lah Lee, I’m dying to know, what brand of water did you use for this recipe?


  2. MommytoOne

    Can you share how much the pot cost? I think my soup would taste better if my pot cost as much as yours. That’s what I am going to tell my dear husband.


  3. Bethgo

    Awww. I love that book but really LahLee, any decent preschool will make Stone Soup around the holidays. They do it at preschool so you don’t have to do it at home. You are so better than this.


  4. Angela Talangelo

    I am sure this goes without saying, but please tell me you used desalinated salt…..?!?! I mean, salted salt?? Really! Leila………think of your skin!! Shriveled raisin is not a good look for the holidays.



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