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Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

The Ultimate Cozy Bowl: Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

This isn't your ordinary vegetable soup. It's a vibrant orchestra of fresh, wholesome flavors in every spoonful! Bursting with colorful vegetables simmered in a light and delicious broth, this soup is the perfect antidote to a chilly day, a not-so-great feeling, or just a craving for something warm and nourishing.

Why This Recipe Will Become a Weekly Staple:

  • Simple Perfection in Every Step: Made with everyday ingredients and requiring minimal prep work, this soup comes together quickly and easily. No fancy equipment or hours of simmering needed! It's ideal for busy weeknights or lazy weekends when you crave a healthy and flavorful meal without the fuss.
  • A Celebration of Freshness on a Spoon: This recipe highlights the vibrant flavors of fresh vegetables, creating a light and satisfying meal that's packed with essential nutrients. Every spoonful is a celebration of nature's bounty!
  • Your Veggie Symphony Awaits: The beauty of this soup lies in its flexibility. Feel free to swap in or add your favorite vegetables to create a custom creation that reflects what you have on hand. Got leftover broccoli or mushrooms? Toss them in! Don't be afraid to get creative!
  • More Than Just a Meal, It's a Feeling: A steaming bowl of this vegetable soup is more than just a meal – it's a warm hug on a cold day and a comforting pick-me-up when you're feeling under the weather. It nourishes both your body and soul.

Gather the Ingredients for Your Rainbow Adventure:

  • Veggie Medley:
    • 2/3 cup sliced carrots - adds a touch of sweetness and vibrant orange color
    • ½ cup diced onions - the base of savory flavor
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced - adds a pungent and aromatic kick
    • 1 ½ cups diced green cabbage - provides a slightly sweet and crunchy texture
    • ½ cup green beans - adds a pop of green color and freshness
    • ½ cup diced zucchini - adds a mild zucchini flavor and a delightful crisp-tender texture
  • Flavorful Broth:
    • 3 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable) - forms the base of the soup and adds depth of flavor. Choose a broth that complements the vegetables you use.
  • Seasoning Symphony:
    • 1 tbsp. tomato paste - adds a touch of tangy tomato flavor and a vibrant red color
    • ½ tsp. dried basil - infuses the soup with a subtle herbal note
    • ¼ tsp. dried oregano - adds another layer of earthy herb flavor
    • ¼ tsp. salt - enhances the overall flavor profile

Step-by-Step Guide to Soup Symphony:

  1. Sautéing for Success: In a large saucepan coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute the carrots, onions, and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes. Sautéing allows the vegetables to soften and release their flavors, infusing the soup with their essence.
  2. Building the Broth: Once the vegetables are softened, add the chosen broth, diced cabbage, green beans, tomato paste, dried basil, dried oregano, and salt to the saucepan. Stir everything well to combine and ensure even distribution of flavors. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Simmering to Perfection: Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, or until the green beans are tender. Patience is key here! Simmering allows the flavors to meld and develop a deeper complexity.
  4. Zucchini Zest: Finally, stir in the diced zucchini and continue to heat the soup for 3-4 minutes. The zucchini should cook through while maintaining its crisp-tender texture, adding a delightful textural contrast.
  5. Serve and Savor: Ladle the hot vegetable soup into bowls and enjoy! This soup is delicious on its own or can be paired with a side of crusty bread for a complete and satisfying meal. So grab a spoon, dive into this rainbow of goodness, and savor the taste of fresh, healthy comfort in every bite!