Stone Soup Recipe
Stone Soup Story and Recipe
1 pound dry Great Northern Beans OR
5 cans Great Northern Beans (reduce water to 3 cups)
6 cups water
1 ham bone
1 pound smoked Sausage (cut into bite size)
1 cup carrots (chopped)
1 cup celery (chopped)
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup parsley
1 tablespoon basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 stone (cleaned and washed)
Rinse beans of any dirt or debris. Add the beans and Bay Leaf to a good-sized pot, fill with water about 3 inches over the beans. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes remove from heat. Cover and let stand for two hours. For canned beans go to step 2.
Place pot back on burner on medium-high heat. Bring beans to a light boil add your carrots, celery, spices except the red pepper flakes. Stir well. Add Ham bone if you have one. Reduce to simmer uncovered. In a separate pan saute your sausage lightly and pour into bean pot. Add your stone. Let simmer for about 2-3 hours. Stir pot every now and then to make sure the beans do not stick to bottom and add water if necessary. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. This soup is a favorite and filling. Serve with a good crusty bread and a salad.
The Story of Stone Soup
There was a man traveling in the bitter cold of winter. He was very hungry and had with him a pot, a wooden spoon and a stone. It was early in the evening when the traveler arrived in a small village. The people of this village had not had much to eat and were not getting along. He observed that all the folk were tucked in their cozy warm homes, the image of light glowing through closed curtains, held behind snow frosted windows. The chimneys billowed smoke, yet he did not smell the various foods that should be filling the air at that hour. "How hungry I am", he thought. The traveler sat down in the middle of the square and built a small fire. He placed his pot on the fire and added into it the cleanest snow. With his large wooden spoon, he stirred this pot as the snow melted and the steam rose.
He glanced over the houses and noticed a few people peeking back at him through their parted curtains. He pulled the stone from his pocket and added it to the pot with great ceremony. He stirred and smiled over the soup. Curiosity getting the better of one women, she opened her door and ventured to the square. "I say Sir, what do you have there?" she asked. " I have the best soup in the world, Stone Soup," he replied. "Stone Soup?" She asked shocked. The traveler smiled at her, than continued, "but it could use a few carrots". "Well, I could share a few carrots for your soup", she said rushing back to her home to retrieve them.
Another woman came to the square asking the same. "I am making the best soup in the world the traveler told her, Stone Soup. "Stone soup?" She asked shocked. "I could use a few potatoes and perhaps some meat." "I could give you a few potatoes and perhaps the butcher would be able to help you with the meat!" she replied and hurried to her home.
Soon the word was out. This man was making soup with a special stone. The villagers brought many contributions to the pot. They stood around the square waiting and watching as the traveler stirred the bubbling soup and smiled. "Oh, my", the first woman said, "That sure does smell good." "Must be the special stone you have." "Could be", said the traveler smiling. Why don't all of you share this soup with me and lets find out." The folks gathered around the square, talking and laughing and enjoying the most delicious soup in the world, Stone Soup.