Thanksgiving Recipe: Soup or Side Dish—or Both! - NFCR


Thanksgiving Recipe: Soup or Side Dish—or Both!

Aerial view of thanksgiving meal including carrots, ham. turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and sweet potato pie

The National Foundation for Cancer Research expresses our appreciation to chef German Lam, a cancer survivor who has been profiled in our Faces & Voices of Cancer—In Depth series, as well as on the FVC website, for offering this delicious base recipe of his to our readers. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Portion: 4-6 people


  • Butternut Squash – medium dice (4-5 cups)
  • Celery – medium dice (2-3 cups)
  • Sweet Onion – medium dice (2-3 cups)
  • Carrot – medium dice (2-3 cups)
  • Apple – medium dice (2-3 apples)
  • Dried Cranberries (1/2 – 1 cup)
  • Canola Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • White Ground Pepper
  • Five-Spice Powder
  • Ground Rosemary
  • Dry Tarragon
  • Dry Parsley
  • Roasted Chicken Base
  • Water

Seasoning: These all depend on how moist and flavorful you want your dish. Start with a little, then add in more to taste!

Methods: Start thinking of how many dishes you can prepare with these ingredients during the week of Thanksgiving by applying basic preparations that can be re-heated in the microwave, stove top or oven. Overwhelmed? Don’t be discouraged, these methods and techniques are freestyle cooking.

To contact German, e-mail him at, and too check out his company website,