Instructions to make this as a freezer meal:
You can make this soup as a freezer meal in two ways. The first is to put all of the ingredients into a large resealable bag, seal and freeze and then on the day you want to serve it, take it out of the freezer to thaw and simmer on the stovetop in a large pot for about an hour. OR you can cook the soup using the full stovetop instructions and then put in a freezer safe container to reheat when needed. If you use this method, you can freeze it in smaller containers and only take out as much as you need for a lunch or dinner.