Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup Recipe
Photo: Maura McEvoy
Fresh, healthy, and versatile, this 5-star vegetable soup recipe is quick and easy to make. Serve with crusty French bread for a satisfying meal.


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Other: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 239
Caloriesfromfat 38 %
Carbohydrate 31 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fat 10 g
Fiber 4 g
Iron 2 mg
Protein 10 mg
Satfat 1 g
Sodium 542 mg
Fiber 6 g
Sugars 8 g


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 14.5-ounce cans low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/4 pound green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup chopped broccoli
Grated Parmesan (optional)
1 1 baguette, sliced and toasted (optional)


Heat the oil in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, 1 cup of water, the potatoes, thyme, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover partially, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, green beans, and broccoli, return to a simmer, and cook until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle with the Parmesan (if using), and serve with the baguette slices (if using).

Next Time, Try... Making an improvised minestrone. When you add the potatoes to the pot, also include one 15-ounce can of cannellini beans (drained), 1/2 head of cabbage (shredded), and a handful of macaroni or broken spaghetti.


Jane Kirby,

February 2003
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