I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite soup recipes to make. It’s a great way to get my family to eat their veggies, because if they’re in soup they will eat them no questions asked. Simple to make and simple to customize with our favorites, vegetable soup is an easy weeknight win.
My son can easily eat 3 bowls of vegetable soup, so I almost always make a double batch. It’s easy to freeze extras and I love eating the leftovers for lunch. I could eat 3 bowls myself and not even feel bad about it.
Onions and garlic – for flavor. The variety of onion doesn’t matter.
Vegetables: Onion, carrots, celery, corn, green beans, zucchini, diced tomatoes. Each of these can be used either fresh, canned or frozen. Canned veggies may only need a minute to warm up and become mushy if cooked longer so just add them at the end.
Dried herbs – Dried basil, dried oregano, bay leaves, dried thyme, fresh minced parsley. I use dried herbs because they are easier to keep on hand in my pantry. But fresh is great if you have it. You would basically just double or triple the amount.
Chicken broth or Vegetable broth
Kosher salt and black pepper
How to Make Vegetable Soup
I love that this soup is a complete meal made in just one pot! Here are the easy steps to making a delicious pot of Vegetable Soup:
Cut vegetables into equal sized pieces. We like to keep the pieces fairly small so you can fit a lot on your spoon. So many different types of vegetables will work for this recipe, – peas, carrots, potatoes, celery, green beans, corn, onions, green beans, mushrooms, tomatoes. You can use fresh if you have them, canned or frozen. I recommend peeling the potatoes and carrots if you use those, but it’s not required.
Saute tougher veggies in butter or olive oil. Make sure to season with salt and pepper. This will be the main part of your soup, so doing this step adds a ton of flavor. If you want to save calories use olive oil, but butter will add a whole other depth of flavor.
Toast the spices and seasonings. I do this every time I make soup! Stir in tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for a minute or two. Toasting the spices helps to release their aroma and flavor and will add another level of flavor to your soup. Sometimes I’ll add a little paprika for anothe layer of flavor.
Add broth and simmer. Add diced tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. You can use vegetable broth if you want it completely vegetarian, but I like that chicken broth adds some protein and flavor. Turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes. Stir in minced parsley right at the end.
What are the best vegetables to put in soup?
The sky’s the limit (almost) and use can use just about any vegetables that you like to eat. Corn, green beans, peas, celery carrots, tomatoes, beans, onions, zucchini, cabbage, kale…I could keep going! Either buy the veggies you love or use up what you have in your fridge already.
Leftovers vegetable soup should be store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and will last 4-5 days. Reheat on the stove over medium-low heat.
To freeze, let soup cool for 1-2 hours then pour into freezer bags. These will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months. Make a double batch and freeze half for a quick dinner when you need it.
Vegetable Soup in the Slow Cooker
To make this soup in your crockpot, you can stir everything together in the pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. If you have time, I recommend first sauteeing the carrots, onions and celery in olive oil or butter for several minutes, then adding the spices, seasonings, garlic and tomato paste and cooking for another couple of minutes before adding everything to the slow cooker.
Variations + Pairs Well With
When serving, I will add fresh cracked black pepper and some fresh grated Parmesan cheese to each bowl. It’s such a cozy, belly-warming meal!
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add diced onion, carrots and celery. Season with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring often, until veggies begin to soften; 3-4 minutes.
Add minced garlic, tomato paste, basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaves to the pot and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring often. Then add corn, green beans and zucchini. Continue to cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Pour in undrained tomatoes and chicken or vegetable broth. Turn heat to medium-high and bring soup to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in fresh minced parsley.
Serve hot, with grated parmesan cheese and some crusty bread for dipping.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.