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Everyday Vegetable Soup


This basic vegetable soup can be made with any combination of fresh or frozen vegetables, so the soup will taste a little different each time. The recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled to feed all the vegetable soup fans at your table.

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  • Servings: 8
Big Batch Vegetable Soup

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions or thinly sliced leeks (whites only)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 cups mixed fresh or frozen vegetables, such as carrots, corn, green beans, lima beans, peas, potatoes, and zucchini (cut larger vegetables into smaller pieces)


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions or leeks, celery, and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.

  2. Add broth, tomatoes and their juice, tomato paste, and 3 cups water to pot; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, 20 minutes.

  3. Add vegetables to pot, and return to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Let cool before storing.

Cook's Notes

Freeze soup in small containers, then pull out only what you need; there's no need to thaw the soup before reheating.

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  • jmkswan
    29 DEC, 2016
    Have made this several times, always delicious. My favorite veg soup recipe! I think the tomato paste and Italian seasoning make it especially good.
  • anilcc2011gmai
    28 DEC, 2016
    Kerala Sambar is different from the typical Sambars made in the other South Indian states. Kerala Sambar is made using a mixture of different vegetables whereas the other sambhar is made using a single vegetable. The vegetables mostly added to Sambar are the following :- * Potato * Plantain (Vazhakka) * Yam (Chenna) * Carrot * Drum Sticks (Muringakka) * Okra/Lady’s Finger (Vendakka) * Beans * Sambar Cucumber (Velarikka) * Ash Gourd (Kumbalanga) * Ivy Gourd (Kovakka) * Tomato * Pumpkin (Mathanga)
  • ALR9636803DW
    30 NOV, 2016
    I added several cubes of beef bouillon and a little bit of sugar to the pot. The recipe as written is very bland and taste like tomatoes. It was much better after I spruced it up a little.
  • andersvenssonk
    1 MAR, 2016
    Hello Stewart! Amazing! I added some sugar in the tomato soup. It was made so delicious. The tomato soup was made awesome, perfect fall treat. To Know More:
  • ALR7057304DW
    20 JAN, 2016
    I was looking for a super easy vegetable soup recipe using frozen veggies. Love it. Easy adaptable. Made 2 pots this week alone. Great for lunches and a good way to start 2016!
  • gormom
    15 JAN, 2016
    Made it today. Average. Nothing special. Will not make again.
  • helenfeonagmai
    16 OCT, 2015
    It looks great & nutritious!So good.
  • SaradaSapphire
    9 MAR, 2015
    I've never been a fan of vegetable soup but this recipe was yummy. If you want the soup to taste extra flavorful, substitute your veggie or chicken broth for beef broth. I used beef broth and this recipe was excellent!
  • Jaime6277
    12 JAN, 2015
    Made this the other day. My very picky kids loved it, so did I. Used a combination of fresh and frozen vegetables, added some spinach and white beans. Also made some elbow macaroni on the side, let the kids add it to their bowls. Had to let simmer longer than recipe calls for. But overall great recipe!
  • aren8484
    8 JAN, 2015
    This soup was absolutely amazing! My husband and I are currently sing the Daniel fast with our church, so I decided to try this awesome recipe last night... Along with the fact that my husband was trying to get over the flu so he needed something to get rid of that ole crud LOL. He loved it and said it was one of the best things I made ever lol. I added in some crushed garlic while letting the onions cook, and that gave the entire soup great flavor.