A Simple Vegetable Soup

Dec 12, 2010 by

Soup is easy to make.  Vegetable soup is really easy to make.

Here is the basic process

Vegetables + Chicken Broth + Heat = Vegetable Soup

What you do with the first ingredients is up to you.  Use what vegetables you like.  Use what vegetables you have.  Its up to you.

As its getting colder, a nice vegetable soup sounded good.  Here is a quick soup I threw together with some veggies from my garden.

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So I basically just raided my garden and grabbed a little of everything

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What I ended up with and what you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Beans – these are nice to add to a vegetable soup.  I used white kidney beans
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Green Beans
  • Chilies
  • Parsley

The celery and green beans weren’t from my garden.  I need to plant some of those.

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Again, the basic premise is chop all those up, throw them in a pot with some chicken or vegetable stock, add a little salt and pepper and turn on the heat and you will have soup.  I threw in a few small twists.

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I wanted some color and some additional flavor on some veggies so I roasted the zucchini and some carrots.  Cut up the zucchini into chunks.

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Slice up some carots

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Throw into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper

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Throw into a baking pan and into the oven at 500 degrees for 10-12 minutes until they have a nice brown  tinge.

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This carrot looks like the imperial scout droid on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back.  I’m just saying…

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While those veggies are roasting (and smelling great) cut up some carrots

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Cut up an onion

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cut up some celery

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I added a chili pepper cause I have a ton of them.  I only added one cause I didn’t want it to be too much for the soup, but I could have added more.

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Grab a big pot, throw a little olive oil in, turn on the heat and add in the carrots and the onion.   Stir for a couple of minutes

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I had some cauliflower from the garden I haven’t done anything with yet, so I cut them up into some crumbles and threw them into the soup as well.

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Stir this around over heat until all the great smells come out of the vegetables.  About 5 minutes.  After that add your chicken stock to the vegetables.  Use enough to cover the vegetables and then add a little more.

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when the roasted vegetables have some nice brown color on them take them out and set them aside

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Chop up your fresh parsley.  You can use parsley flakes, but fresh is awesome.

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Cut up the green beans into inch and half slices

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Rinse your beans that you are using

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Throw them into the soup

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Add the green beans

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Cook all of this together for a few minutes and then add in your roasted veggies.

Salt and Pepper to taste and you are set!  You now have soup.  Congratulate yourself and sit back in the amazing smells coming out of your kitchen.  You can also add other spices if you like.  Dill, Thyme, Oregano are all good.

Warm soup on a cold day hits the spot.   Of course as I write this its now 85 degrees in southern California and I know why the rest of the country hates us.

So next time its cold in your neck of the woods, try making some fresh home made soup.  Its really very simple.

Ben…

Got a good soup recipe?  Please share in the comments below

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