Stone Soup

Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 60 minutes


I used to make this all the time to get my children involved in cooking and they always seemed to eat more when the cooking process was fun and they helped in the preparation. Now my grandsons love to chop and cook with me and they also seem to eat more when I get them involved in the process. This book was first published when I was a young child and is still available today. For some reason, children love making soup with a stone. Try it with your children and get them to eat their vegetables!


  • 1 large very clean stone
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 potatoes, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 15.5 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat alphabet noodles


Heat water in a large pot. Add the stone. Add carrots, potatoes, onions, and celery. Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Cook for 15 minutes longer. Remove the stone and serve.

HELPFUL HINTS: This is a fun way to introduce children to healthy eating. They will especially enjoy this if they help in the preparation. Our oldest children were 8 and 9 years old when they created this recipe after reading a book called Stone Soup. Stone is optional.