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Everyone should know how to make vegetable soup and this easy recipe is perfect for when you need healthy vegetarian comfort food in a flash.

Easy Vegetable soup

I always feel the need to boost my vegetable intake after (and during) all the excess of the festive season and soups are a great way to do that. This easy vegetable soup recipe is one I’ve been making for years because it’s such a fail-safe and delicious way to get all the vegetables I possibly can into my family.

The great thing about homemade vegetable soup is that you can customize it to suit your taste but also to use up any and every vegetable you have in the kitchen. I usually treat it as a clean-out session for my fridge. And honestly, anything goes. The vegetables I’ve added here work incredibly well but so do sweet potato, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, peas, spinach, aubergine, turnips or parsnips.

I always start with the classic mirepoix of onion, carrot and celery and add leek for that glorious flavour. I also kind of feel like mushrooms are a non-negotiable for their intense umami-richness they add but other than that, go crazy.

Easy Vegetable soup

How do you make homemade vegetable soup?

Use as many fresh and frozen vegetables as you can to not only boost the nutritional value of the soup but also add more flavor. Sauté the onion, carrot, leeks and celery until soft and fragrant then add the remaining vegetable and cook until they start to caramelize. Finally, add the green vegetables (anything leafy like spinach or kale and broccoli, peas and green beans), tomatoes and stock. Allow to cook with the herbs until all the vegetables are soft and the soup is full of flavor. Season to taste and serve.

What herbs do you put in vegetable soup?

  • Parsley
  • Bay leaf 
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
4.48 from 21 votes
Easy Vegetable soup
Easy vegetable soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Everyone needs a good, easy vegetable soup recipe in their repertoire for days when you need healthy comfort food in minutes. 

Course: Gluten free, Soup, Vegetarian
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy dinner, easy recipe, gluten free, Vegetable soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 93 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stick finely chopped
  • 2 small leeks finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup butternut squash chopped
  • 1-2 cups mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups mixed green vegetables (I used broccoli, zucchini and green beans)
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • fresh parsley to serve
  • Parmesan/Vegetarian Parmesan to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large pot and add the onion, carrot, celery and leeks along with the garlic and herbs and cook until fragrant and starting to caramelize. 

  2. Add the peppers, butternut squash and mushrooms and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the vegetable start to soften and caramelize. 

  3. Add the green vegetables and stir to combine before adding the crushed tomatoes and stock. Season to taste then bring to a simmer. 

  4. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove the lid, check seasoning and simmer for another 5 minutes. 

  6. Serve topped with fresh parsley and Parmesan/vegetarian Parmesan. 

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Nutrition Facts
Easy vegetable soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1516mg 63%
Potassium 577mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 212.6%
Vitamin C 67.5%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Georgie
    Reply

    Great recipe. I make a big pot at the beginning of each week and have it for lunch and it’s so healthy and delicious. Thanks

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad to hear you like this recipe Georgie. It’s such a great healthy recipe to have in your repertoire.

  • Jess
    Reply

    This soup is busy cooking right now and the smells that have filled the house is making me sallivate. I browned all the vegetables in a pot before throwing everything in my crockpot. I’m out most of the day so that way I have dinner waiting when I get back. Thanks!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that Jess. Such a great idea to pop everything into the slowcooker and let that do the work for you! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Jo
    Reply

    I made this soup last night and it was so good. I allowed the vegetables to caramelise well as per the instructions and the flavours that developed were completely delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Yay! I’m so pleased to hear you loved it Jo!

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Reply

    This soup looks so cozy and delicious, perfect for these cold winter nights!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so glad you like the look of it Laura. 😉

  • 2pots2cook
    Reply

    Simple food is always the best ! Thank you so much !

  • Reply

    Prettiest vegetable soup that I’ve ever seen Alida! Looks and sounds just delicious!

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