There is a children’s story about stone soup that begins with a weary traveler stopping in a town and offering to make a feast for all the town using just a stone. A large pot is filled with water, and the stone is added to be turned into stone soup. Slowly, townspeople enter the story, bringing their favorite soup ingredients to add just the right finishing touch. In the end, they are left with a huge pot of wonderful soup for everyone to enjoy. So, the stone soup recipe is what you make of it! However, we’ve got a few suggestions for how to make it delicious.

For this recipe, you could look for a book about stone soup at your local library or find a stone soup story on the Internet to read to your children as you prepare to make your soup.

Stone Soup Recipe


One stone
Water in a pot


Put a large pot on the stove, filled about halfway with water. Then, drop the perfect soup stone into the pot and bring water to a simmer.

Once at a simmer, start talking about things that would be good to have in a soup. For instance, what does each member of your family like in a soup? As ideas come to mind, have the kids run around collecting items from the refrigerator and pantry. (But, if you are stumped for ideas, see our recommended list below.) Generally, kids will enjoy having the power to decide on the stone soup recipe and will be more likely to eat it if they concoct it “all by themselves.”

3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes
1.5–2 lbs beef cut into bite-sized pieces
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
Spices—salt, pepper, oregano, bay leaf, etc.

Simmer all ingredients for at least an hour. While you cook, sample often to determine if more items are needed, because this is a recipe with no right or wrong additions. So, let the kids make some decisions, and let everyone have fun. In the end, you will have a wonderful soup that began with just a stone in some water!