Homemade Vegetable Soup is an easy and flavorful way to get plenty of vitamins, nutrients and fiber.
There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of Homemade Vegetable Soup. It warms you to the core and infuses all sorts of vitamins and nutrients into your body.
This Homemade Vegetable Soup recipe is suitable for vegans, as the base of the soup is vegetable broth and crushed tomatoes. Other than the carrots, onions and celery, the vegetables are frozen. This is simply because fresh vegetables seem to disintegrate when included.
Can I Add Potatoes to the Homemade Vegetable Soup?
Absolutely! If you prefer to add potatoes, use a white or Yukon gold potato. These are waxy potatoes and hold up better than the fluffy russets we like to bake!
Add diced potatoes to the soup when you add the crushed tomatoes and broth.
Can I Add Pasta to the Homemade Vegetable Soup?
Yes, in fact, many vegetable soup recipes include elbow pasta. If you decide to add pasta, use a tubular pasta; the hollow inside of the noodle will hold a little broth, resulting in a very flavorful noodle.
How Can I Add More Fiber to the Soup?
If you want to add more fiber, try adding black or pinto beans (canned and rinsed) or a super grain like quinoa or amaranth.
Homemade vegetable soup is easy to make and is healthy, satisfying and delicious!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 large onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 4 carrots chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 2 cup cut green beans frozen
- 1 cup lima beans frozen
- 1 cup small green peas frozen
- 1 32 oz. can vegetable broth or water
- 2 cups crushed or diced tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large stockpot on medium-high heat add oil; add chopped onions, celery and carrots; add bay leaves; cook for about 5 minutes
Add 2 cups tomatoes and 4 cups of vegetable broth; turn heat to medium; cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes
Add in frozen vegetables; allow to cook covered for 10 minutes;
Prior to serving, remove bay leaves, add salt/pepper
- Vegetable soup can include other vegetables as well: fresh cabbage, turnips, rutabagas, zucchini or summer squash.
- If you include a root vegetable (turnips, rutabagas, potatoes), add them to the stock pot at the beginning, when you saute the onions and carrots because they tend to cook longer.
- If you add root vegetables, you might need to add more water as these vegetables tend to absorb liquid.
- Kale and spinach may be added as well; if so, add them at the very end and let them cook for about 8 minutes
- Looking for additional grains? Add barley, brown or white rice, or macaroni noodles to your vegetable soup! As with root vegetables, grains tend to absorb liquid, so you'll need to add more water or broth.
- If you add a grain, add it after you've added the liquid; bring it to a hard boil for 10 minutes, add remaining ingredients, and check the liquid level regularly.
You might want to make a batch of cornbread to go with your Homemade Vegetable Soup!