Start with a large soup pot. Fry 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey. Add 1 finely chopped onion and the finely chopped heart of celery. Sautee till the vegetables are soft. Add a can of tomato sauce, a can of petite diced tomatoes, 2 cans of mixed vegetables (rinsed), 12 cups of water, 10 beef bullion cubes and 1 1/2 cups of parboiled rice or small pasta. Bring to a boil then let simmer for an hour.
I actually prefer the soup without meat but I put it in there for the boys. Serve with biscuits or crackers and you have an easy and inexpensive meal that feeds an army and is so comforting when it’s cold outside or when someone is sick.