This is the simplest soup you will ever make, because...you can put almost anything you want in it. My mom made soup like this when I was growing up and I don't think it ever came out the same. I believe she just cleaned out the refrigerator and made soup out of it (the kids called it "Clean out the fridge soup"). But, it was always good!
Use the ingredients and quantities given here as just a guide. Feel free to put more or less of any ingredient, but taste as you go and adjust to your personal taste. Be sure any meat added will be fully cooked in the one hour soup cook time. Otherwise, pre-cook the meat before adding to the soup.