One of the things that I love about making soup is that a good basic soup recipe is very adaptable and forgiving, so you can make adjustments according to your tastes and what ingredients you have on hand. This is one of those recipes. It will work well even for beginning cooks, can be adapted as you wish, and is absolutely delicious. I started with this recipe as my guide but made some changes: I didn't have any celery, so that was left out. I added about 3/4 cup of frozen corn, some minced fresh rosemary, about a cup of diced lean turkey ham, and a generous amount of fresh ground pepper. I wanted to reduce the calories and fat, so I reduced the butter by a third, the cheese by one half, and I used almond milk (plain - don't use sweetened or flavored almond milk for this) instead of whole cow's milk. I'm sure the full amount of butter or cheese would make a really rich soup, but we did not miss it at all. Even with the lesser amounts of butter and cheese, this soup was delicious. With all of these changes, I ended up with about 10 cups of soup, a healthy 166 calories per cup, just under 10 grams of fat per cup, and very satisfying and filling. Pair with a salad and you'll have a wonderful healthy meal full of fiber and nutrients!
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One of the things that I love about making soup is that a good basic soup recipe is very...