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Vegetable soup recipes?

I don't eat anywhere near enough vegetables, mostly because I can never cook them right. But in a soup -- no problem, right? And canned soups are never as good as fresh ones, but when you buy fresh ones at a deli you have no idea what the nutritional (calorie) content is.... So what's your best vegetable soup recipe? (preferably avoiding cabbage -- I just about made myself sick on the Weight Watchers free soup recipe a few years back with all that nasty cabbage). I don't care if it's a chunky or puree type as long as it tastes good and packs a vitamin whallop.

Sat. Dec 3, 10:13am

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Veggie Soup

When I am trying to find a recipe for basic foods, I do a Google search, e.g., "vegetable soup recipe". If you want to eliminate cabbage as an ingredient, you could do an advanced search using the boolean operators.

This usually will bring up many selections from which to choose.

We're having a cold, dreary day in Kansas City right now, which makes veggie soup a very appealing thought!

Good luck.


Saturday, December 03, 2005, 11:16 AM

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Advice from a college student:

What I do is buy Amy's Organic Fat Free chunky vegetable soup (so yummy). Then I add frozen broccoli/peas/whatever other veggies I want and cook it. That cuts down on the sodium a bit. It is really good though and onlly 60 calories a cup (about 100 cals for the can). A great site for vegetarian recipes, which should have some wonderful vegetable soup, is:


Saturday, December 03, 2005, 11:56 AM

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I don't have a recipe for vegetable soup on hand (although I have a really good one for split pea that I'll post when I get home), but I have had quite a bit of success with recipes from I try to go with recipes that have received a good rating from other users, but even ones that haven't been reviewed have mostly worked out well.


Saturday, December 03, 2005, 12:53 PM

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Vegetable soup ... whatever you have

I usually rummage around in the pantry/refrigerator and throw whatever I have together. It's generally something like diced tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, beans (garbanzo, black, pinto ... whatever's handy), plus something crunchy like carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower. Sometimes I'll throw in rutabaga or parsnips just because I never have those by themselves. Season with your favorite herb, add salt and pepper. If I'm in a hurry, I'll cook it on the stove. Otherwise, and especially since winter's arrived, a crock pot fills the bill nicely.

And have fun ... vegetable soup is good no matter what's in it.

Saturday, December 03, 2005, 10:25 PM

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Start with the basics - chop and onion, heat some oil (or water) in a large pot and saute onion on medium until soft. Add some garlic if you wish at this point, fresh is best but do what you can. Then add chopped carrot and celery (include the leaves) and at least four to six cups of broth or stock (low or no fat, regular or low sodium) or water or a combination - any sort of broth or stock that you like. Add whatever herbs and seasonings you like but take it easy on the salt! I like fresh rosemany, dried oregano, bay leaf, maybe more dried onion. This gives you a great base and you can add whatever vegetalbes you like to this - green beans, eggplant, garbanzo beans, whatever. If you like zuchinni, don't add it until later as it can turn bitter. Bring it to a boil on medium high then lower to low to simmer until the veggies are done to your liking. Add more water if necessary, but adding more broth may make it salty. Stir in tomato sauce if you like and heat until There are lots of great recipes on the web but I like to go to the store, see what's on sale or in season and looks good. It's always better the next day when the flavors really blend.

Sunday, December 04, 2005, 6:07 AM

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