Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Several years back I attended a writer’s convention in Michigan.While there, I became enthralled with the book Stone Soup by Ann McGovern. One of the other authors winked and handed me a medium-sized stone from Michigan beach. I was hooked. Bought the book and couldn’t wait for my youngest granddaughter and me to make stone soup. We did over this past summer. Great fun with a delicious end result. Give it a whirl. You, too, will make wonderful memories.

1 stone large enough that it won’t get lost in the soup. Quartz is good as it won’t break down while cooking.
1tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped fine
2 large carrots, sliced
1 large garlic clove, pressed
6 cups chicken stock
2 boneless chicken breasts, chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme *
1 tbsp. dried parsley *
2 cups penne pasta
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Scrub the stone with dish soap. Rinse thoroughly.

Melt the butter in a large pot on medium heat. When the foam subsides turn heat to medium-high. Add onion and sauté for 3 - 4 minutes. Stir in celery and carrots. Continue to sauté for 6 – 8 minutes. Lower the heat to medium. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Carefully pour in the stock. Stir in the chicken and then herbs. Gently lower the stone into the soup. Stir in the pasta.

Increase heat and bring the soup to a boil. Cook until pasta is done al dente. Be sure to stir often.

Remove stone and ladle into individual bowls. Pass the cheese in a separate dish.

Serves 6.

* fresh herbs are excellent if you have them. Use nine springs of each in place of the dried herbs.

May you enjoy all the days of your life around a well laden table!

Sloane Taylor
Amazon Author Page


  1. Question: Do you the chicken breasts are cooked, right? Sounds like a wonderful soup. My grandmother used to make this! Brings back memories. Thanks for sharing, Sloane!

    1. Happy to remind you of your grandma.:) The chicken is raw, but cut or torn into small pieces before it goes into the pot.

  2. Nosing my way into Sloane's kitchen... Love the fragrance of soup simmering on the stove on a winter's day. Thanks for all the delightful recipes!
    Emma Jan

    1. You are very welcome, Emma, and thank you for stopping in.:)

  3. A wonderful soup to make with a granddaughter or grandson. They will never forget it.

  4. This would make a good potluck. Have each guest bring an ingredient while you boil the stone. Then everyone has a hand in making the soup taste great. Or you could do it your way. :)

    1. You have a terrific idea! That sure would make for an interesting and fun party. Hmm, looks like it's time to call friends.:)