Covid 19 Calico Stockpile Soup

My blog is NOT about recipes or cooking. The intersect between recipes and my journey is my how my TBI affected my ability to cook. I basically had to create new recipes that were easy to follow and took minimal time to prepare. Soon I will be adding a tab specifically for recipes I created.

Covid 19 Calico Stockpile Soup

One of the many customized recipes I created while learning how to cook again after my Traumatic Brain Injury. I named this one after the Covid 19 Pandemic when I decided to use it as my launch recipe. It feeds a crowd and can be frozen for later. Hopefully this will help with the sudden requirement to cook more at home. For more recipes in the future sign up for email notifications.

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From the Pantry:

24 oz. Jar of your Favorite Pasta Sauce (I like basil & tomato in a name brand)

32 oz. Box of Beef or Vegetable Broth

2 Small Cans Petite Diced Tomatoes 

1 Can Kidney Beans – Drained

1 Can Great White Northern Beans – Drained

1 Can Black Beans – Drained 

1 Cup Ditalini Pasta – Uncooked (optional)

1/2 tsp. Tabasco Sauce (optional)

Salt & Pepper – To Taste


Fresh Vegetables:

1- 1.5 Cups Sliced Carrots

1/2 – 1 Cup Chopped Celery

1 Large Onion – Finely Chopped

Meat: (Optional) – Choose One

1/4 – 1.5 lbs. Ground Beef – Browned

1 Cooked Chicken Breast – Shredded or finely diced

2 Large Cans Chicken – Drained

1 Cup Water – add to any option of meat


Prepare pasta according to directions on box. Be careful not to overcook. Rinse with cold water and add a little oil to keep pasta from sticking together. Set aside in refrigerator.

Combine all other ingredients in a large 6-8 quart crock pot. 

Place on low, covered for 8 -10 hours or overnight. 

Add Pasta before serving. Or, cool and add pasta before freezing or serving later.


My Tips:

*I like to limit the ground beef to 1/4 – 1/2 lb. 

*Sometimes I omit the pasta or the meat but never both. 

*I particularly enjoy this specific shape of pasta but others can be used.

*I often freeze the entire recipe in individual servings for quick lunches/sides.

*This recipe is very forgiving on amounts and options. Have Fun and ENJOY! 

Copyright: (Sandy Gruhlke) Please send your friends and family to my blog site to discover this recipe instead of infringing on copyright laws. Thank you!

4 thoughts on “Covid 19 Calico Stockpile Soup

    • Coleen, I have no idea why I did not see this comment! It’s been along year, hasn’t it? We are all good and you can check out my fb page for what’s going on with our family. Send me an email and catch me up on what’s up with you, okay?


    • Thank you Sarah! It makes a ton, is nutritious, and yummy. It’s on my menu for this week too! I plan to have a recipe section soon, on my blog even though it’s not about cooking – we can all use more ideas!


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