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Mom's Vegetable Soup Recipe

Updated on November 4, 2012
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Jules Corriere is a playwright and theater director, having written over 40 plays, one of them performing at the Kennedy Center in D.C.


Mom and Dad hadn't been married long when Mom had just started perfecting her famous all day vegetable soup. When Dad got home from the base, the house smelled wonderful, the table was set, and he took his seat. Mom went into the kitchen to bring out the big bowl of soup. On her way to the dining room, she slipped on the floor and went sliding about 10 feet down the hall, into the dining room, landing at his feet, partway under the table. She was still holding the bowl of soup, and she looked up to him for help. And my Dad, being my dad, got up, and then stood over her like an umpire and pronounced her, "Safe!" She didn't find it particularly amusing then, but we certainly laugh about it now. One thing I've always loved about my family is their sense of humor.

harvest vegetables
harvest vegetables


Piece of beef (Left over from a roast will do.)

4 carrots, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

3 potatoes, cubed

2 stalks celery, sliced

1 small can tomato paste

3 ears of corn, with corn cut off

1 cup fresh peas

1 cup fresh green beans

1 cup chopped cabbage

dash or two of garlic powder

salt and pepper

water to fill up pot

We always knew fall was on the way when Mom started cooking her homemade vegetable soup, using the veggies she and Dad grew in their garden.

harvest vegetable soup
harvest vegetable soup


Put all ingredients in a large pot or crock pot. Start the soup around lunch time and simmer it all afternoon until everything is tender and the house smells divine.

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When you make soup, do you prefer to make it homemade, or use a mix?

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Short Cuts for Making Vegetable Soup

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds like a great tasting soup and loved your story! Thanks for sharing it.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds pretty delicious to me!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I made a similar soup yesterday, but vegetarian style. You're right ... it makes the house smell wonderful. Loved your "safe" story.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Your homemade vegetable soup sounds wonderful. Glad you were 'safe!'

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      Scriber1 LM 6 years ago

      I love homemade soup on a crisp autumn day. Loved this lens too! Thanks!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Homemade soup is delicious. I will have to try your recipe! Thank you!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      When I can, which is not that often, I love to whip up a pot of home made chicken noodle or other vegetable soup. Made several pots out of back yard veggies last summer and hope to do the same this year too! Great lens work soup crafter!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Homemade is tops, but I make the soup in our house (LOL). Tho' i must admit to getting lots of good ideas from the establishments that we vivsit from time to time. On a day out when its chilly a bowl of soup is always welcome and we usually get around to a small alcoholic beverage too.

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      hntrssthmpsn 6 years ago

      There's just nothing as cozy as a nice pot of home made soup on a chilly day! A great pot of soup makes the whole house smell like delicious, simmering good cheer.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love homemade vegetable soup on a cold day, or any day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There's nothing like real genuine home made soup, and if you have your own vegetables to put in it, that's best of all! Love the story about the soup, nice Lens.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Homemade is always best! My Mum didn't make a lot of soup, but my wife does, and it's thick, warming, filling and so tasty - and good for you too. We eat a lot of fresh vegetables, and it makes a world of difference to the taste.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      My recipes usually start with a can of something and then all of my ingredients and extra vegetables get added in. It's still a lot of work but it generally takes care of the sauce part of things.

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds easy and delicious, and I LOVE the family story! :) I, too, still make some of my mom's favorite recipes, such as rugelach, thimble cookies, brisket and flanken soup.

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      Senditondown 6 years ago from US

      Homemade soup is the way to go. The work that it takes is always well worth it. The original comfort food.!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Love soup all year round. Thank you for sharing such a fabulous recipe. Stay well, Rose

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      Delia 6 years ago

      I love making soup, especially veggi soups...nice lens!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      It is kind of chilly today and so seeing this lovely lens make me want to make some soup! Yay. Angel blessed,

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      I'm still waiting for the day when both my children will eat a soup like that without complaining about this and that. One doesn't like peas, the other one just hates celery etc:) Till that day comes this is just for me and my hubby:) Great recipe, thanks!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      This soup sound great. I love everything that is in it so I'll definitely have to make it some time. Thanks for sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      This recipe sounds absolutely delicious and I loved the "umpire" story. LOL

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Love that little anecdote about your mom.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Love that little anecdote about your mom.