I started developing this soup while my wife and I were living in Hawaii.  Food is expensive out there, and I was looking for a way to get the full value out of our scraps and leftovers.  Drippings, trimmings, and bones from meat, that extra tomato paste, tomato soup, or salsa, and past-their-prime vegetables go into the pot, and a fantastic soup comes out.  The basic recipe creates a rich, hardy, spicy broth that makes a perfect foundation that can be garnished and customized to your heart’s content.

Step 1: Disclaimer

This recipe is not for the faint of heart.  The majority of my measurements are “to taste,” my techniques are questionable, and the process will DESTROY your kitchen.  And at no point in the cooking process does this soup look even remotely appetizing.  Not until you put it in a bowl and sprinkle on some cheese, dollop on some sour cream, and add a few slices of avocado does it look like the delicious meal that it is.
<p>That looks fantastic. If you add celery you have the trinity and then have a Cajun soup. </p>

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