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Veggie Soups - Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

Updated on December 28, 2011
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Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

Anytime something is so good that my kids voluntarily scarf up veggies I'm thrilled. This came about because my daughter wanted spaghetti sauce soup - literally a soup that was pretty much just spaghetti sauce. I didn't end up with what she was after, but she loved this one anyway.

I also love that this goes together in minutes. Including the prep time you might need 30 minutes from start to finish. LOVE it. This soup is satisfying and rich, delicious and filling. It also is nearly fat free - depending on the amount of Parmesan you end up using. You can also add or subtract veggies to suit your taste. Easy peasy winner winner.

You'll need:

  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, grated
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 Tbl dried oregano
  • 1 piece (about 1/2 cup grated) Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced, or 1 12 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley, croutons and/or Parmesan to garnish
  1. Place all ingredients except tomato paste and garnishes in a Dutch oven or small stockpot over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You're looking for the vegetables to become tender, and the cheese to melt and incorporate into the soup.
  3. Add tomato paste, stirring well to fully incorporate. Cook another five minutes. Ladle into bowls and garnish. Serve immediately.

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    • DixieMockingbird profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Charles 

      8 years ago from East Tennessee

      Hi Haunty - Thank you so much! I guess you tell I love soups - and I'm not sure I can name a favorite. That might be like picking a favorite kid! I do have to say I lean toward chicken and dumplings - but I also adore really good chili, and a big comfort food to me is the most mundane - a good bowl of soup beans - Appalachian style pintos with cornbread!

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      Haunty 

      8 years ago from Hungary

      You have absolutely amazing soup recipes. May I ask you which your favorite one is?

    • DixieMockingbird profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan Charles 

      8 years ago from East Tennessee

      This one is great - kid approved! ;-)

    • Gordon Hamilton profile image

      Gordon Hamilton 

      8 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Another fantastic Hub. I am a bit like your kids in that I am not too keen on simply vegetarian dishes but this sounds absolutely delicious!

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