Vegetable Soup Recipes

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June 22, 2011
Vegetable Soup on Tray With BreadA very simple vegetable soup, nothing fancy, just washing and chopping vegetables, stirring, and enjoying the aroma of a food that makes you hungry just preparing it.


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 lb. fresh carrots, sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
  • 2 cups turnip roots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 lbs. fresh green beans, sliced
  • 2 cups tri-colored small pasta shells, cooked
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, optional
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh parsley, chopped
  • 10 cups broth, homemade if possible, chicken or vegetable


Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add onions, celery, and carrots. Saute until they are tender. Add bell pepper and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add broth, potatoes, and turnips. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover partially and cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Add green beans. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add pasta, salt, and pepper. Continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit, covered for 1/2 hour.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley.


Servings: 12
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hours

Source: The recipe for this soup came from my Mother who almost couldn't wait for her "kitchen" garden to be ready to cook. She didn't always have every ingredient that's listed, but if she did, everything went into the big old soup pot.

She'd make the best baked cornbread to go with this healthy and hearty soup. It was as good to us as it was for us. I have such nice memories of helping her in that big old kitchen where the kitchen table more often than not was also where I did my school homework. I wish I had that big table still, but I don't know where I'd put it in the kitchen we have today.

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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April 20, 2010

What's for dinner? Fridge empty? Make easy soup from whatever. This is so simple. Put the ingredients in a pot and simmer for a while.


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April 14, 2014

Because of the soduim in canned soup, I can not open a can! So I made up this quick and easy vegetable soup. I am great at thinking I know what I am doing. Hope you like it!


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October 17, 2017

Today I had to shop for vegetables for this soup because I am on a liquid/soft diet due to jaw surgery. So my goal has been to eat healthy. So I picked up all produce, came home and decided to start a potato soup.


Wait until you see what I put in this soup? It is so nutritious and full of vitamins.

Creamy Vegetable Soup in a bowl


March 6, 2008

Chop up tomatoes and celery and add to large soup pot. Turn on low and let it simmer until veggies get soft. Add the spinach and all spices, salt and pepper and continue to simmer until all is soft.


December 19, 2005

This is an easy soup to make and you can make it to your own preferences. I happen to love sweet potatoes, so I use more than the recipe calls for. Also, I add my turmeric a little at a time. You can also use more chicken broth.


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September 4, 2012

Super easy, great-tasting soup, especially good in the fall and winter months.


February 15, 2010

Take leftover rice and break it up with a fork. Add frozen peas and canned tomatoes cut in small pieces. Cover with water or chicken broth or vegetable broth.


Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Soup is ready, enjoy!


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January 26, 2010

Mix together potatoes, celery, onion, water, and chicken bouillon cube. Add salt and pepper to personal tastes. Heat in large covered pan on the stove for 15-20 minutes.


October 6, 2008

Boil all veggies in sea salt and water until soft. Drain water. Add olive oil and puree veggies with a blender or a hand blender, adding enough broth to get to your desired consistency.


(I like mine a little thinner than applesauce.)


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February 22, 2008

I remembered someone posted a recipe for making your own vegetable broth by saving all vegetable scraps in a Ziploc bag and store it in the freezer. I was the one who posted my recipe for Kibbutz Israeli Vegetable Salad.

Hardy Vegetable Soup


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February 1, 2008

When it's cold, raining, snowing or icy, this soup will warm and give you comfort. Combine all ingredients in a large cooking pot.


Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender.


May 31, 2004

I love cold soup in the summer! It is a perfect way to eat seasonal vegetables. Start by buy whatever veggie you like that is in season. This is a healthy, very low-cal, and has almost no fat!



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October 11, 2012

When I was young, my mother made a vegetable soup using what she called a "soup bone". I do not know exactly what kind of a bone that was. Does anyone know, or have a recipe for a good old fashion vegetable soup? Thank you for answering.

By Marger


October 12, 20120 found this helpful

A soup bone is usually beef knuckle, shank or leg bones with some meat still on the bone. These are available in my supermarket meat case, but you need to ask for a knuckle bone.

I use my crockpot to make beef broth for soup. I have a 5 qt pot, which I fill with water, then the soup bones (1 knuckle, 3-5 shank or leg bones), 2 large carrots sliced in 1/2" rounds, 3 sticks of celery sliced in 1/2" slices, and 1 large onion coarsely chopped. l add 4-5 cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

This can be done on the stove in a pot. Simmer for at least 4 hours. Remove the bones and add any meat still on them to the broth. Refrigerate the broth for several hours, and remove the fat which has hardened. Then add more vegetables to the broth. such as cubed potatoes, corn, peas, more carrots celery and onions,and beans. You can cook the veggies and broth on your stove top for about an hour on medium heat if using fresh veggies.

You can have the soup ready to eat in 15 minutes if you use a package of hash browns and a bag or 2 of frozen mixed vegetables. Bring to a boil, the simmer at medium for 10 minutes until veggies are cooked. Check seasoning, and add salt and pepper if needed. Enjoy. The secret to good homemade soup is the both. Hope this helps.

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July 16, 2006

It seems I have made a batch of vegetable soup too salty. I know there is a fix out there somewhere, can someone help? I would prefer not to do the "cook a potato in it", I don't want to further cook the veggies and make them mushy, if I could try something else.

Thank you!
Bonnie from Martinsburg


By Sherri from Utah (Guest Post)
July 17, 20060 found this helpful

Lay some Potato slices on top of the soup and they will absorb the salt.

July 17, 20060 found this helpful

Have never tried this , but have read somewheres that by adding a peeled, raw potatoe ( chunks) that it helps absorb the salt.
Hope that will help you

By Cay Cooke (Guest Post)
July 18, 20060 found this helpful

Seems above feedbacks miss the point: soup is already cooked. All I can think of is to make a smaller batch without salt (or anything salty) and combine it with present batch. A way might be to siphon the broth and replace with bland type. Please chime in for any other tips.

By (Guest Post)
July 18, 20060 found this helpful

How about making another batch or half batch without salt and mix the two when cooked.

By Melony (Guest Post)
July 18, 20060 found this helpful

I believe the potato thing to be a myth because it never worked for me.. And I over salt all the time. What I do is cook somemore of the same veggies in another container and add that to my original soup. Keep adding veggies until it tastes like you want it.. As an added bonus you have more soup servings to freeze and store for later. Hope this helps..

By Faye (Guest Post)
July 18, 20061 found this helpful

I've read that a bit of sugar will take away the over salted taste.

Take out a small amount & add a bit of sugar, if it helps add a little bit at a time until you have the taste you want.

Let me know if it works!!

Good Luck


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July 18, 20060 found this helpful

This has happened to me before and it is most irriitating and nothing is worse than to try to eat something that is way too salty. For many years I have been more of an under-salter as salt comes from other many canned goods for example have salt or if you use any type of broth or boullion cubes.

I think the idea of cooking up some extra veggies and adding sounds good or perhaps another small batch of the soup w/o any salt. I don't know that adding raw potatoes will absorb the salt but it is just put the pot of soup in the frig over-night with the potatoes added and then pull them out and re-heat. When you reheat the veggies will get cooked some more but not too much. One time when I followed a new recipe to the T, it was overly day tho when I heated the leftovers and we had again, it didn't taste as salty. I thought the recipe was good tho so just made a notation not to add any salt the next time I made it. Oh I rarely add any salt to a soup containing will get plenty of salt from the ham!

Good luck and hope the soup tastes better the 2nd time around!

By chml (Guest Post)
July 19, 20060 found this helpful


I would drain the broth from the vegies, saving everything. Heat the broth, try the potato in it, if it is better, take some broth out and put aside, then add more broth ingredients, like tomato products. When the broth tasts to your liking, drain the potatoes out and add the vegies back in.

That way the soup vegies aren't over cooked and your broth is more to your liking.

By (Guest Post)
July 19, 20060 found this helpful

Add some water to it. Then if it is too thin, add a bit of potato flakes to it.

By Laurie (Guest Post)
September 22, 20060 found this helpful

I have tried with success by adding one part white vinegar and one part sugar to soup. Test this on a small amount first to see if it works for you.

By Izzy (Guest Post)
July 20, 20070 found this helpful

I just had the same problem but with a tomato veggie soup. I tried about a 1/2 cup of commercial lemonade in an 8 cup soup and it seems to be doing the trick without adding a sweet taste. Don't think it would work for a ham type soup, but you never know.

February 3, 20080 found this helpful

I just read some of the feedbacks and decided to try lemon to my "way to salty soup" and this helped a lot. I also added more veggies and low sodium chicken broth which helped, without compromising the flavor of the soup.

By Betty (Guest Post)
April 3, 20080 found this helpful

Because of using ham hocks my soup is very salty . Any suggestions for getting less of a salty taste?

By Michelle (Guest Post)
April 9, 20080 found this helpful

BALSAMIC VINEGAR! Just add a little bit and keep tasting! Worked wonderful for my vegetable beef soup!

April 9, 20080 found this helpful

BALSAMIC VINEGAR! Just add a little bit and keep tasting! Worked wonderful for my vegetable beef soup!

By Rob T (Guest Post)
April 12, 20080 found this helpful

Heck. I made 5 gallons of my famous veggie soup and somehow kosher salt found it's way into the pots. It's a disaster! Potatoes, sugar, vinegar, everything I could throw at it still made it taste horrible. The ONLY fix I know is to pour it out. Drink more wine or beer and call in Chinese! There goes $35 bucks worth of fillin's

Editor's Note: Yes, these only work if the soup is a little too salty.

By Sarah Hart (Guest Post)
October 25, 20080 found this helpful

A chunk of potato in it will absorb the salt.

By Laura (Guest Post)
February 20, 20090 found this helpful

I've made Ham and Vegetable soup, I've had it on the go all day in my slow cooker, 2 Ham Shanks and a selection of winter veg with dried herbs and pepper. Eventhough I never added any salt whatsoever the ham hocks have made the soup very salty :-(

Before I came across this thread I woulda thrown a spud in it (with little effect) but I've just tried the balsamic vinegar trick GENIUS! Plus a huge bonus is it's added depth of flavour!

Definitely try with just a little bit in a separate bowl to try and then bit by bit add it to your soup

Huge thanks for that suggestion 8-)

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October 14, 2009

I'm a vegetarian and recently I got a hold of a large amount of mixed fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.). So I decided to make a large pot of vegetable soup for freezing. I boiled up all my vegetables with a vegetable stock cube plus a small bag of (washed) mixed lentils, split peas, and barley. I let it simmer away till the legumes were cooked through.

When I tasted the soup, it tasted absolutely revolting. Where did I go wrong? Is there any way I can salvage a very large pot of soup? I hate tossing food away and I can't really afford to. So if I can do something to redeem this soup, I would be very grateful. Any suggestions?

By cettina from Malta, Europe


October 14, 20090 found this helpful

I think the soup you made may be too bland. Plain boiled veges and legumes can be a bit boring. I always add a can or two of chopped canned tomatoes, with a teaspoon of sugar (to cut the acid of the tomatoes), and I would add some Oregano or Thyme. Not too much, about half to one level teaspoon. Start small, then add more. I'm speaking about dried herbs here.

Use more carrots and celery, as they are the real "taste makers", and put in about 3 or 4 stock cubes for a large pot of soup. It just needs some livening up, that's all. I make minestrone a lot, leaving out the bacon, and it's absolutely delicious. Any cookbook should have a recipe for it, or Google it - there are many different recipes there. I hope this has been of some use to you.

October 14, 20090 found this helpful

That's the ticket, you need herbs and spices to taste. I did not see onion in the list either.

October 14, 20090 found this helpful

Never, ever, ever put cabbage and cauliflower in vegetable soup. They are very aromatic with plenty of sulforaphanes that will make the whole pot smell and taste horrible. Cook these cruciferous vegetable by themselves. There is not a fix for this pot of soup, sadly. Susan in Omaha

October 14, 20090 found this helpful

In addition to the other suggestions, lentils and barley cook at a different rate than vegtables. They need a much longer cooking time and the timing has to be that you put the veggies in 10 to 15 minutes before the barley and lentils are done, so that every part is ready at the same time.

October 14, 20090 found this helpful

Add some Italian spices like basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and some crushed fennel. A little balsamic vinegar is good too as it replaces salt.
I don't think you'll have to throw it out. just season it a little. Being a vegetarian doesn't mean that you have to give up taste. Vegetables and legumes are so good together, you just have to find a good combination for you. I love lentils, tomatoes and zucchini together with all the italian spices, plus it is also good over rice or pasta.

October 14, 20090 found this helpful

The most successful ingredient in any vegetable soup is Chicken broth. The kind you make yourself With pieces of fatty chicken. Be sure to add Bay Leaf, onion and celery. Salt and pepper. This should fix any vegetable soup.


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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

You can use the tomato soup that comes in a box as a base. It adds some taste & vitamins. Sometimes you can buy vegetable stock that way - or I would add more then one vegetable cube - maybe 4 of them. I use the spice called "Italian Blend" in my soup; a fair amount, maybe a teaspoon of it. Like the earlier poster, I wouldn't add too many of the strong vegetables; broccoli, cauliflower, etc. I usually add a few spears of broccoli towards the end of the cooking. Cabbage, however, adds great taste. After the soup is nearly done, I add beans. I don't cook them in the same pot with the soup, but I do add macaroni or spaghetti to the soup to cook. Good luck with your soup.

October 15, 20090 found this helpful

You could possibly try adding canned tomatoes to it with pepper - if it was just too bland.

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December 10, 2009

I know this is easy, but I am a first timer and need vegetable soup recipes. Thanks.

By Lavoris McGhee from Little Rock, AR

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May 19, 2014

I would like a good recipe for vegetable soup.

By Virginia M.

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July 28, 2022

Take bowl of pre-cooked endives, put in blender with a few scrapings of fresh ginger, squeeze in half an orange, add last drains of a bottle of milk, and blend. Put it all back in the bowl and heat in microwave.

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