The Ultimate Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup

Every now and then I find a real keeper of a recipe. I try to make a wide variety of meals and remix standard dishes, but not all of the recipes I attempt become repeats. We all need go-to meals to serve for guests or to whip up quickly during a busy week: meals that don’t require planning and are created from the pantry. During these cooler months of the year, I lean towards one-pot dishes for ease and convenience.

A couple of weeks ago, I was out of the house four nights in a row and didn’t plan properly for dinner. Typically, in the late afternoons, I start to conjure a few options for dinner. I needed to prepare a meal, but nothing was prepped. I did have plenty of vegetables that needed to be used, chicken broth and white beans; perfect ingredients for a vegetable soup.

 

We finished the vegetable soup and I made it again the next week! This will definitely be added to our regular rotation for the winter.

This vegetable soup creates a base that will accommodate any vegetables you keep on hand, so feel free to add/edit.

White Bean and Tomato Soup (adapted slightly)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 red bell pepper (or any color you have or pepper flakes if you don’t have a pepper) 
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 medium potato, chopped
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock (or more depending on desired consistency)
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomato
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce (I used marinara sauce)
1 (15-ounce) can white beans 
Salt and pepper

Saute onions and garlic until fragrant. Next add chopped vegetables and cook until potatoes soften. Add stock, diced tomatoes + sauce, and white beans. Simmer until the vegetables are cooked through.

 

This is even better the next day! What is your go-to winter meal?

25 thoughts on “The Ultimate Vegetable Soup”

  1. Love this! We just made soup last night, and tonight, we looked in our pantry to see what we could add to “beef it up”. Turned out to be great. Yours looks wonderful 🙂

  2. I love love LOVE soup this time of year! (Actually, I’ll even eat it when it’s 100 degrees outside.) This looks easy enough to where even I could make it! 😉 Thank you for that! Do you put it in a crockpot or just in a regular cooking pot?

    1. You really can’t mess this recipe up! Chop and simmer. 😉 I used my dutch oven but I’m assuming a crockpot would work too. I do think slightly browning the veggies provides better flavor.

  3. Pinning this! My fave recipes are the go-to at the last minute kind! Somehow they always turn out better than the ones I poured over for hours. 🙂

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