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It appears that there are people who believe that meals should start with soup and salad. I’ve never heard of having soup on Thanksgiving Day but, hey, it takes all kinds.

I’ve heard of soup after Thanksgiving. Turkey soup, to be specific. And turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey casserole, turkey salad, turkey nachos, turkey quesadillas, turkey dip, french fried turkey fingers, turkey a la mode, and other crazy things that people do to use up all the turkey from Thanksgiving.

Anyway, here’s my recipe for home made tomato soup. On the cheap.

You’ll need:

  • A bowl
  • Hot water
  • Lots of ketchup packets

I recommend going to a food court in a large shopping mall to get your ketchup packets. Just breeze by all the fast food places and grab a handful. With the attitude those teenage counter workers have this day (so apathetic) they’ll probably give you a bag of them just to “stick it to the boss man.” If you like your tomato soup spicy then make sure you hit up the Taco Bell for some hot sauce. You can probably use regular store bought ketchup, too, but I didn’t budget my Thanksgiving dinner for soup so I didn’t try it.

After you have your ketchup (some places have ‘catsup’) you’re ready to start.

Heat up your water until it’s hot. Pour it into a bowl. Then open up all those ketchup packets and empty into the hot water. Stir vigorously! If you have any Taco Bell hot sauce packets, now is the time to add them.

If your soup is too thin, add more ketchup. Your neighbors will probably lend you a cup of ketchup if you ask nicely.

If you’re adventurous in the kitchen (wink, wink) then you may want to experiment with different packets for different soups. Like mustard soup, relish soup (or a combination of mustard and relish with sliced hot dogs), soy sauce soup, or mayonnaise soup. I don’t know that you’d want to eat any of those, but making them would be a breeze.

As far as the salad goes, well, put some lettuce and tomato on your Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich.

If you can think of anything else that comes in a packet drop me a line. That’s all I could think of.

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