No, it's not quite "throw household appliances in a stockpot with water and there you are!" But it's close.
Friday night I wanted soup and grinders for dinner, and so I went rummaging through the refrigerator. Because some of the kids had been missing during the week, I had some extra meat tucked away - that never happens! And so you get this great little concoction...
about 3/4 pound beef, diced
8 cups water
4 beef bouillon cubes
8 ounces canned diced tomatoes
1/2 cup dried vegetables
2 carrots, grated
1 large onion, minced
about 1/4 pound spaghetti or angel hair, broken in bits
a good handful of chives
In a large pan, dissolve the bouillon cubes in the water. Add the chopped up meat, carrots and onion; simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the dried veggies and diced tomatoes; simmer another 15 minutes. Add the broken pasta pieces and chives; cook 5 minutes and serve.
I had mine with a nice piece of French bread; others made their bread into ham and turkey grinders. This was easy and delicious on a lazy Friday night - and good lunch for a day or 2 thereafter!