Simple Vegetable Soup

A few weeks ago I had this really weird craving for vegetable soup.  I don’t know why.  It came over me very strongly, but I was having trouble finding a recipe that would suit my needs.  No frills, no bells, no whistles.  I wanted straight-up, good-for-you, made-with-love vegetable soup.  I wanted something that would make me a large, easy-to-freeze batch for the coming winter evenings when I get home from work and don’t feel like cooking anything.  So, I found this one, and I added my own little veggie additions here and there.  I think that’s the beauty of vegetable soup: you can throw in basically anything (vegetable, that is) you want, and it ends up still being good for you.  I’m sure I have a long-lost family recipe somewhere, but this one is my new keeper.  And did I mention this might be one of the easiest soups I have ever made before?

Time to warm up those bellies, people.

Simple Vegetable Soup

Servings: 8 large servings


4 tablespoons olive oil

1 leek (white part only, chopped)

1 small shallot, chopped

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced (use whatever kind you like)

2 cups green beans (I used frozen)

2 quarts vegetable broth

2 28-ounce cans of peeled tomatoes, coarsely chopped and drained

2 cups corn (I used frozen)

2 cups peas (I used frozen)


1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepot over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil until shimmering.

2. Add the leek and shallot and cook until softened and translucent, about 7-8 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

3. Add the carrots, potatoes, and green beans, stirring frequently, and cook for another 4-5 minutes or so.

5. Add the vegetable broth to the vegetables and increase the heat to high.

6. Bring the soup to a boil and then decrease the heat to a simmer.

7. Add the tomatoes, corn, and peas, and cover, letting the soup simmer for at least 25-30 minutes before serving.


Source:  Adapted from Alton Brown via The Food Network.


November 4, 2011 - 8:49 am

Claire - Alton Brown’s recipe has been my go-to veggie soup recipe for years! It is so easy and good. It is time to make it! 🙂

November 4, 2011 - 12:43 pm

The Food Hunter - I love soup…crave it all the time. This is a good one.

November 4, 2011 - 10:28 pm

Ann P. - MMM this looks really hearty and delicious (especially with the leek), and I really like your food styling, too! I’d love to throw a bit of chili pepper flakes in there, but I’m a fan of lots of spice 🙂

November 7, 2011 - 12:33 am

Christin - This recipe looks wonderful. Love that you used leeks and shallots. A grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of vegetable soup is such a great week night meal in the fall.

November 7, 2011 - 12:58 pm

bbbeano - Aside from the oil, leeks, and shallots, this is how i make my vegetable soup. I use an entire white onion and about three stalks of celery. I might have to try it this way the next time I make it (I currently have a big batch in the freezer).

November 7, 2011 - 3:19 pm

Jasanna - This sounds so amazing! Perfect for fall! I need to find a good way to freeze it in 2-person sizes that can be divvied up into 2 bowls for a quick dinner.

November 10, 2011 - 7:01 pm

Isabella @ Fat Loss Tips - This looks really good – nice and easy, that’s what I need! Now that it is getting colder this is definitely something I can make for my family. I’m not a fancy cook, but I can follow an easy recipe that doesn’t take too long! lol I get too impatient in the kitchen is my problem!

November 10, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Sophia - I made this last night and it turned out great. It was as was very easy and just right. Nice and soothing as it was a little cold last night. Everyone loved it – sometimes simple it best! I plan to have this one as a keeper during the winter months!

November 10, 2011 - 9:21 pm

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November 15, 2011 - 9:58 am

Liz - I set this recipe aside for a week and my husband and I finally made it last night. It was so easy and delicious, and it made SO much soup! Maybe not my best meal-for-two idea, but we have lots of leftovers, which mean easy nights ahead. Thank you!

August 2, 2012 - 11:18 am

Sydney Carter - i’m going to try to make this tonight, i have been looking for a nice basic veggie soup and thank god i have finally found it! thanks !

January 27, 2013 - 11:09 am

Rachel - I love this soup! I have made it for the family I am an au pair for, they are vegetarians! 🙂 I use onion and celery instead of leek and shallots, because I always have them on hand. I serve it with crusty bread. 🙂 Great recipe. Reminds me of ABC vegetable soup, without the ABC’s… 🙂

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March 30, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Tina - This is a great and EASY soup (which is what I was looking for)! Actually made 1/2 more and shared with my parents and in-laws and they really enjoyed it as well.

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January 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Kacie - This is SUCH a delicious recipe. I have actually made this multiple times. It’s simple, but really delicious and hits the spot for a nice healthy, winter soup. Thank you!

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