H omemade vegetable soup is hard to beat. It’s a great easy delicious way to get more vegetables into your diet. I love to make a big pot of vegetable soup on Saturday or Sunday to enjoy during the week.
There are many great vegetable soup recipes from delicate to hearty. Vegetable soup is extremely forgiving and adaptable so you can use whatever vegetables you have available. If you have never made homemade vegetable soup it is helpful to follow the recipe exactly as written the first time you make it. Then once you are comfortable with the recipe and basic process experiment away. Cabbage, swiss chard, mushrooms, parsnips, turnips, leeks, fennel, and corn are delicious in vegetable soup.
Vegetable soup is a great make ahead dish too. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days so there is always something delicious and nutritious waiting for you when hunger strikes.
Here are two of my favorite vegetable soup recipes along with a collection of great vegetable soup recipes from around the Web.
Simple Vegetable Soup Recipe
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium-size onion, peeled and chopped 2 carrots, peeled, quartered, and sliced 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced Salt 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes 2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced 1 cup string beans, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup firmly packed fresh spinach leaves, washed and cut into strips 1 cup frozen peas, thawed Pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot placed over medium-low heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt; stir to combine. Cover and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.
Add the broth, potatoes, and tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and green beans and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the spinach and cook 1 minute more and then turn off the heat and stir in the peas. Let the soup sit off the heat for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Minestrone Soup Variation: Omit the potatoes. Stir in one can (16 to 19 ounces) of white beans, rinsed, with the zucchini and green beans. Serve garnished with grated parmesan and/or pesto.
Lentil Vegetable Soup Variation: Omit potatoes. Stir in 1 cup rinsed lentils with broth and tomatoes.
Makes 6 to 8 servings of vegetable soup
Emergency Vegetable Soup Recipe
This is a great soup when you need a super easy lunch or dinner. It is quick, delicious, and satisfying served with warm bread and a simple salad. Emergency vegetable soup is almost as easy as opening a can, but so much healthier and tastier. The smaller you chop the vegetables, the quicker they will cook.
4 cups chicken broth 1 carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 medium onion chopped 1 cup small shell pasta Salt and pepper to taste Grated parmesan cheese, for serving
Bring the broth to boil in a medium-size pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrot, celery, and onion and boil gently for 10 minutes. Add the pasta and simmer until tender, 5 to 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parmesan when served.
Variation: Add 1 zucchini, grated with the vegetables