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Vegetable Soup

A quick and easy vegetable soup to warm you on the coldest winter day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
A fantastic Vegetable Soup brimming with every veggie in the pantry to warm you on a cold winter day. Serve with crackers, cornbread or grilled cheese. https://www.lanascooking.com/vegetable-soup/

A fantastic Vegetable Soup brimming with every veggie in the pantry to warm you on a cold winter day. Serve with crackers, cornbread or grilled cheese.

Everybody loves soup, right? But you just don’t always have hours to spend making stock, chopping vegetables, and simmering it all together, right? Right!

A fantastic Vegetable Soup brimming with every veggie in the pantry to warm you on a cold winter day. Serve with crackers, cornbread or grilled cheese. https://www.lanascooking.com/vegetable-soup/

Well, here’s a vegetable soup you can make after you get home from work and have it on the table in well under 45 minutes.

Sure this recipe uses shortcuts – purchased stock, frozen and canned vegetables, but hey…who can’t use some help speeding things up in the kitchen every once in a while? I certainly can and I’m betting you can, too.

However, if you want to make the stock from scratch, cut up the okra and corn, and grow the potatoes and onions, be my guest. I’ll use my pantry for that ;-)

Serve this delicious Vegetable Soupwith crackers, cornbread, or grilled cheese. And I have to say, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich goes really well on the side.

How to Make Vegetable Soup

Chopping celery leaves and stems on a chopping board.

Before I get going on the instructions, I wanted to explain what I mean when I list “celery leaves and stems” in the ingredients. When making soups that call for celery, I always use the top portion of the stalks. You know, the little thin stems with the leaves attached? I know most people discard those but, oh my, how much flavor is in those leaves! Certainly you can use diced celery stalks here, but those stems and leaves really add a lot to the soup. Give them a try!

Diced potatoes on a cutting board.

Also, you can use any kind of potato that you happen to have on hand for this soup. Please don’t run out and buy yellow potatoes just because that’s what I listed in the ingredients. I do prefer a more waxy potato instead of a mealy type, but either works fine!

Cooking onions and celery in a soup pot.

In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the diced onion and celery and sauté until the onion is just translucent.

All ingredients added to the pot.

Add all the remaining ingredients except the creamed corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Please note that you can make this soup strictly vegetarian by using a vegetable broth or you can substitute beef broth if you prefer that taste. It’s up to you.

Adding creamed corn to the soup pot.

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the creamed corn. I know you think that’s strange but I learned that little trick a long time ago. I just stir in the can of creamed corn right before serving and, believe me, the soup is so hot that it immediately warms the corn and the creaminess thickens up the soup a little bit. It really doesn’t need any cooking time at all.

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A fantastic Vegetable Soup brimming with every veggie in the pantry to warm you on a cold winter day. Serve with crackers, cornbread or grilled cheese. https://www.lanascooking.com/vegetable-soup/

Vegetable Soup

A quick and easy vegetable soup to warm you on the coldest winter day.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup loosely packed chopped celery leaves and stems
  • 32 ounces chicken broth or stock
  • 8 ounces yellow potatoes diced
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes with their liquid
  • 30 ounces canned Veg-All with its liquid
  • 1 cup frozen tiny lima beans or butterbeans
  • 1 cup frozen cut okra
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 15 ounces canned creamed corn

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the diced onion and celery. Sauté until the onion is barely translucent.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except the creamed corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the creamed corn.
  • Serve with biscuits, cornbread, or crackers.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1241mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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6 Comments

  1. Goes to show “great minds think alike” … I make a very similar version – it’s never the same twice though – which is what I love about it.. no potatoes? I add pasta – no tomato juice – canned tomatoes… everyone should have this recipe in their repertoire Lana – it’s good “fast food!”

    1. Absolutely, Nancy! I substitute whatever I have on hand or need to use up. It’s an especially good way to use leftover veggies.

  2. Oh, that looks great. I am so looking forward to cooler weather, when soup and cornbread muffins are making regular repeat appearances around here.

    Thanks!

    Miss P

    1. We just love a good vegetable soup. Sometimes on weekends, I’ll make a pot of this for lunch and just leave it at a bare simmer on the back of the stove for the afternoon. Whenever one of us feels “snack-ish” we take a little break and grab a cup of this soup. Way better than grabbing a handful of chips or candy!