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The Best Vegetable Soup

Do you want to know how to make a tasty soup? You CAN make a delicious soup once you understand the basics. 

Making vegetable soup is a great way to perfect your soup skills. This recipe shows you just how simple soup can be. 

Easy Vegetable Soup


Delicious Vegetable Soup

Three Keys to Making the Best Vegetable Soup

There are three keys to making a delicious vegetable soup.

1. Use fresh, flavorful ingredients
2. Taste as you go
3. Focus on the broth

When you are making a vegetable soup the veggies are the star.  That means you want to use delicious tasting vegetables.  A combination of multiple kinds of vegetables will give you a breadth of natural flavors that infuse the broth and meld together nicely. This recipe uses frozen mixed vegetables for a quick and easy soup. Your favorite fresh vegetables will work, too.

You also don't want to overcook your soup.  A flavorful soup does not need to cook for hours on your stove.  This is actually a quick soup to make.

As you layer the ingredients into your soup you will want to taste your progress after each step.  This will help you to know whether you need to enhance the flavor in any way. This recipe relies on salt, pepper, and some Italian seasoning to enhance the natural flavors of the vegetables. With good vegetables, you won't need anything else.

The broth is the foundation of your soup.  Through trial and error, work to find the best chicken stock available to you locally.  I like to use homemade chicken stock whenever I have it on hand but I do rely on store-bought stock.  Choose stock over broth.  It will have more flavor. A good-tasting stock will be enhanced by vegetables, herbs, and spices you use in the soup.  If you think your broth lacks flavor, try adding Better Than Bouillon, a teaspoon at a time until it tastes good.

This is true if you are using vegetable broth, too. Your homemade vegetable broth will be best because you can customize it to your taste. 

Your favorite pasta or noodles make a yummy addition to your soup.  Egg noodles, dilatini pasta, or elbow macaroni work well. Just remember that cooking pasta in the soup will decrease the level of broth as the pasta absorbs it while cooking.  You can cook the pasta separately and add it to your soup just before serving. You may like the additional flavor the broth adds to the pasta as it is absorbed so be aware it is a trade-off.

Watch this video for all my vegetable soup-making secrets.

Easy Vegetable Soup

easy soup recipe, vegetable soup
dinner
American
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Donna Urso
Easy Vegetable Soup

Easy Vegetable Soup

Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
You can make the best vegetable soup by following these three keys. A quick, delicious recipe for vegetable soup.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the carrots, celery, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Cook these aromatic vegetables until they are soft, about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Add a handful of Italian seasoning and the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil. Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  3. Add the frozen vegetables and broccoli. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Cook for about 8 minutes. Taste again.
  4. Add the macaroni and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

275.99

Fat (grams)

9.07

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.08

Carbs (grams)

36.12

Fiber (grams)

9.31

Net carbs

26.81

Sugar (grams)

8.99

Protein (grams)

14.36

Sodium (milligrams)

648.97

Cholesterol (grams)

17.76

Nutritional information is approximate.


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