Soup is one of my favorite meals to make. It’s easy, fast, makes great leftovers and, depending on what you put in it, healthy too. Most of the time I don’t even use a recipe. Instead, I rely on basic soup-building principles and what foods I have available to guide me. It’s really not hard to make a good soup. Just follow the 5 simple steps below—and soon you’ll have a sumptuous soup simmering in your kitchen!