When it comes to supporting your overall health, maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is very important. While this may seem like a fairly simple task, variety is the key to creating healthy meals that are both interesting and delicious.
Too often, we get so focused on ensuring we’re eating the right foods that nourish our body, taste becomes a casualty. We forget we can still get creative and make meals that are not only healthy, but tasty. Perhaps one of the simplest ways to create a delicious and nutrient-dense meal is by rounding up all the veggies and herbs you have on hand, and creating a yummy pot of soup!
With that as our backdrop, we want to share this classic, delicious veggie soup recipe. It can be easily modified to accommodate the ingredients you have on hand, whether fresh, frozen, or canned. Enjoy!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- Parsley (dried or fresh)
- 1 to 1 ½ cartons low-sodium veggie broth (chicken broth works, too)
- 1 cup of water
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 ½ cups chopped celery
- 2 cans diced tomatoes (with liquids included)
- 2 cups diced potatoes
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 bay leaves (dried or fresh)
- Salt + pepper to taste
- 1 cup frozen green beans
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen peas
*Sub any vegetable ingredient with fresh, frozen, or canned. If you use canned, just be sure to drain the liquids first! Frozen ingredients will want to be placed in the post last, at least 5-10 minutes prior to consuming.
- Start by heating olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
- Add in broth, both cans of diced tomatoes, potatoes, parsley, bay leaves, and season with salt + pepper and other desired spices to taste.
- Bring to a boil, then add any other desired fresh, raw veggies.
- Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are almost tender.
- Add your frozen veggies (corn, green beans, peas, etc.) and cook 5-10 minutes longer. Serve!
- If soup is too thick, add even parts broth and water until it reaches desired consistency.
- For more flavor, try adding more fresh or dry herbs like thyme, basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning.
- If you are wanting more protein, add in cooked chicken, beans, lentils, or chickpeas.
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*This recipe was created by cookingclassy.com, but has been modified slightly.