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Vegetable Soup

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.

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2003

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Other:20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 239
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Carbohydrate: 31g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Protein: 10mg
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 542mg
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 8g
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