Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup kettle. Add the onions; saute to soften slightly, about 2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables, meat of choice, starch of choice, tomatoes, chicken broth, and dried herb or spice of choice. Partially cover and simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors have blended, about 20 minutes. Add fresh herbs, season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Recipe courtesy of Pam Anderson