October 5, 2014

Ultimate Vegetable Soup


A couple weeks ago when my parents were visiting, I felt under the weather for a couple days. My stomach wasn't quite right and there was only one thing that sounded good: vegetable soup. Warm, delicious, colorful, nutrient-packed, vegetable soup. Mom to the rescue! Is there anything better than mom making soup when you're not feeling well? It definitely helped cure whatever was ailing me. I gobbled it up so fast that I needed to make an encore batch a few days later. Luckily I had plenty of veggies hanging out in the fridge. I decided to call it ultimate veggie soup because any and all are welcome - the more the merrier! Change it up with your own favorites or whatever you have on hand (I often take the help of a few frozen veggies as well). Don't feel like you have to measure everything exactly. I prefer the "chop and toss" approach when making soup ;) Adaptions are endless with this versatile recipe. You can even add quinoa, rice, herbs, beans, barley, etc. (Quinoa is my favorite addition!) I'd love to hear what you guys come up with!


Vegan, gluten-free
About 8 servings

Ingredients
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
2-3 carrots
1 zucchini
1 1/2 cups cabbage
2 cups broccoli
2 cups cauliflower
1 1/2 cups mushroom
1 1/2 cups cut green beans (frozen)
1 1/2 cups peas (frozen)
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen)
Large handful spinach, or more
15 oz. can diced tomatoes (and/or fresh)
8 cups vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Optional: quinoa, rice, herbs, beans, barley, etc

Directions
Prep veggies: mince garlic and dice onion, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms. Roughly chop cabbage, and cut broccoli and cauliflower into small bite-sized pieces.
In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute onion for 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
Add broth, tomatoes with juice, and all veggies (except spinach).
Increase heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until veggies are desired tenderness.
Stir in spinach, and salt to taste.

*Notes:
Vegetable soup freezes wonderfully!
The frozen veggies work great as "fillers" if you want to quickly and easily add more veggies.

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Another variation with colorful purple cabbage!



Try these other veggie-heavy meals too! :)
Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry


Come join me on Instagram and share your creations! I love to see what you guys are cooking up! :)


31 comments:

  1. veggie packed soup is the best, especially as the weather gets cooler YUM!

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    1. Totally agree! I'm so crazy for soup I eat it all year round, but I especially love it's comfort in chilly weather :)

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  2. Could this be modified for the crock pot?

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    1. Hi Casey! I've never tried that, but I bet it would work. Maybe saute the onions beforehand, then cook everything on low for about 4 hours? Would love to hear if you give it a try!!

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  3. So excited about this - definitely have some frozen veggies on hand so this recipe is awesome!!

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    1. Yay!! Hope you love it! A perfect use for all those random frozen veggies :)

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  4. What beautiful pictures and an awesome recipe! I have the flu, so this is the perfect recipe for me right now. Thanks for all of the veggie-licious recipes!

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    1. Aw thanks for the kind words! Nothing like a prescription of veggies to get you back on your feet again ;) Sending healing vibes your way - feel better soon!!

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  5. Made this for a second time! Have to say I'm only a good cook because I know my way around following a good recipe. Without one I don't even dare enter the kitchen! However, tonight I didn't even MEASURE the veggies this time!! Crazy right?! It was just so good the first time, I knew even I couldn't get this wrong! Big thanks for the recipe and boost in confidence.

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Haha oh my gosh I loved your comment! So glad you enjoyed the (unmeasured - woo!!!) soup the second time around. Very exciting to hear it gave you a boost of confidence in the kitchen - you can do it!!! :)

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  6. I have bought everything and am making this today! Question, how long is this good in the refrigerator if I don't want to freeze it? Adding ground beef as well for the husband.

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    1. Hey Sondi! Hope you two enjoy! I think the general rule for soups like this is about 7-10 days in the refrigerator, but of course use your best judgement :)

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  7. Made this soup with vegetable stock instead of broth. Worked out great

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    1. Yay Rischelle! So glad it worked out for you :) Have a lovely week!

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  8. Thank you for the great recipe! Just made a big batch today!

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    1. Awesome to hear Kathryn! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  9. Hi there, any tips on how to freeze this? (in a zip lock, tupperware, ect..?)

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    1. Hi ladies! Freezer zip loc or tupperware will work. Let the soup cool down beforehand, then label the bag with name and date. If using a zip loc, lay them flat to freeze, then once frozen you can move them around/organize as needed. To thaw, just move them to the refrigerator at least overnight! :) Hope you both enjoy!!

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  10. I made this the other night. I kept out mushrooms, csrrots, corn, and peas and added yellow squash. The meat eaters aka fiancé and friends asked for the recipe!! It was so good and easy to make. I will be holding on to this recipe for chilly nights.

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    1. YAY Jen!! So glad you tried it out and everyone enjoyed it! Definitely an awesome meal for chilly nights. I still make it all the time (a little different each time based on whatever I have on hand) and it always hits the spot :) Thanks for the sweet message, have a great weekend!

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  11. Thanks for the recipe. My family loved it. I made it spicy by adding some red peppers and Tuscan seasoning.

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    1. YUM! I love your additions - so glad you made it your own! Soup is so wonderfully versatile :) Have a great weekend!

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  12. Hi - I'm about to try out this recipe. I'm excited to see how it turns out! The one thing I wondered about is the lack of seasoning - is the soup flavorful without (I assume yes from the great reviews!) and/or if I wanted to give it a flavor boost are there any specific spices or seasonings you would recommend? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! So excited you're going to try it out! I find the veggies give it so much wonderful flavor :) If you're looking to play around with some herbs too, basil is my favorite one to add (or parsley, oregano, thyme, etc.) Hope you enjoy it!!

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    2. I ended up throwing in some chopped fresh parsley and it was perfect! Making this again tomorrow. So good!

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    3. Awesome! It's such a fun recipe to play around with :) Hope you enjoyed it the second time around too!

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  13. Made this the other day and I was surprised at how tasty it is! No offense. It just looks like it would be boring and it's not! It's delicious! I feel so good getting all those veges in too! I'm on to making some more of your recipes! Thanks

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    1. Hey Jennifer! So awesome to hear you enjoyed it - veggies rock! ;) Hope you love the other recipes you try too! Have a great week!

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  14. This sounds good! I will have to try it. When I make soup I like adding the zucchini at the end with the spinach, it gives it a nice slight crunch and doesn't get soggy.

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    1. Hi Debbie! I hope you enjoy the soup! I'll definitely have to try your zucchini tip next time - I know I'd like that too!! Have a great weekend :)

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