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Vegetable Soup Recipe

Updated on October 22, 2012

Fresh Vegetable Soup

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Fresh Vegetable Soup

There is nothing better than homemade vegetable soup when it is cold outside, you can pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich, to compliment a steak meal, or have it all by itself. This is an easy recipe to add your own variations too, you can add beans, rice, or meat to it with out changing the recipe just remember to increase the water content for beans , rice, and longer cooking times.

Homemade vegetable soup is a great way to warm you up and to eat your veggies. I love making fresh vegetable soup and having a grilled cheese sandwich or crackers. It as not a difficult to prepare and the prep and cooking time is minimal.

Making vegetable soup is an excellent way to stretch your food budget as well. You can find vegetable that are in season to create a healthy meal for you and your family that doesn't put a huge dent in your grocery bill. Depending on the types of vegetables you choose and what is in season, you can create a delicious meal for under $7.00 that can feed a family of four.

Add some healthy wheat bread or inexpensive crackers to it and you have a meal that is filling and inexpensive. It makes easy left overs or put the left overs in a container to take to work and eat the next day.

Vegetable soup is generally low calorie and easily digested. You can include it in a weight loss plan. The American diet is notoriously low in consumption of veggies. All research points to vegetables being an excellent way to ward of disease, maintain a healthy weight, and as some suggest, easy our impact on the environment by cutting down meat consumption which is tied to a host of environment damage because of the process of meat production.

Vegetable soup ingredients

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 4 to 6


  • 2 ears fresh corn on the cob, fresh is best, frozen is optional
  • 1/2 cup Petite Peas, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups Diced Tomatoes, tomatoes that are firm and bright in color, canned is an option to
  • 1 Diced Onion, red, white, or yellow
  • 1 cup green or yellow squash, slice in rounds
  • 3 stalks celery, slice celery in small pieces about a quarter inch
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach, chop into small pieces, baby spinach is preferable
  • 1/2 cup Cabbage, red or green, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mushrooms, fresh, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, cut into rounds and quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italion Seasoning
  • 2 cloves Fresh Garlic, minced
  • to taste Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Lemon zest, This is where you add your favorite seasonings!
  • 10 cups Water, This will vary depending on ingredients

Put it all together

  1. Lightly saute garlic, celery, seasonings, and onions in the bottom of your cook pot, use olive oil or real butter.
  2. Add hot water to pan and wash and prepare your vegetables while you heat the water. Add your vegetables as they are cut. If you have chosen to add beans or rice, add them first. Remeber that this will change the cooking time and water requirement. If you are adding rice, don't use more that 1/2 cup, a little goes a long way in this recipe. Beans should be cooked according to directions on the packaging, canned beans can be added without an increase in cooking time. Cooking time will be at your descretion, personally I prefer a lower cooking time so that my veggies are still crisp.
  3. Boil ingrediants with the lid on for 30 minutes to an hour depending on your choice. Taste the soup after about 15 minutes of cooking time to add more seasonings to taste.


Add beans, meat, rice, shrimp, fish, anything you want to spice up and add flavor to this healthful recipe. Some great additions to this recipe are;

  • Black Beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Northern beans
  • Garbonzo beans
  • Lentils
  • Stew meat
  • Meat balls
  • Chicken Breast
  • Sausage
  • Brown rice
  • White rice
  • Wild rice
  • Bell Peppers
  • Okra
  • Eggplant
  • Cheese as a topper
  • Fish crackers on top
  • Mozerella
  • Feta

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @shiningirisheyes It is great to share recipes, I am glad you liked it. Cooking is a great way to spend time with family and friends.Thank you for your comment.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      We love to make a huge pot of homemade soup. My sister, Mother and I spend many delightful hours int he kitchen enjoying the aromas and taste - also each others company.

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @billybuc I love making soup as soon as it cool ls off, I ofter think of it during summer! Thank you for your comment, I am glad you loved my recipe. I had some too, we love all kinds of soups. I plan to do some more soup recipes soon.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We just made some yesterday as a matter of fact. Loved your recipe, loved our recipe...Fall is a great time of year to make soup, isn't it?