This vegetable soup is a delicious blend of different vegetables brought together in a delightful tomato broth. Very easy to make and you can freeze a few containers and have wonderful soup whenever you’d like it. Of course you can change any of the vegetables for veggies you may have in the house and want to use. If you don’t have a russet potato use a different one. You can add beans such as kidney, chickpea or my personal favorite cannellini beans — just rinse a can of beans and dump it in. Or add some pasta , 1/2 cup would be fine just make sure there is enough broth at the end of cooking bring to a boil add the pasta and cook for about 15 more minutes or till pasta is done, you may have to add water/broth before or after you add the pasta. You can add some spinach, kale, Swiss chard or escarole as well. Many many different variations. I make the basic soup and when I defrost I usually add something new like beans or pasta or kale. It’s a very delicious soup and very hearty and very healthy.
*Slow Cooker Directions:
If you’d like you can also make this in the slow cooker. I would saute the onions, carrots and celery in olive oil first though. Then place in the slow cooker along with garlic, salt, pepper, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, vegetable broth and potatoes. Low heat for 4 hours. Then add the corn and green beans cook for about 10 more minutes and serve. At the end check for liquid before adding the corn and green beans you may need to add some water or broth.
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion– yellow or white onion
3 carrots , peeled , halved lengthwise and sliced
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced and then cut in about 3 inch pieces
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Kosher Salt and Coarsely Ground Black Pepper to taste
20 oz. can of diced tomatoes– Do Not Drain
8 oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
6 cups Vegetable Broth — and you may need more or add water if too thick at the end — I added about 1/2 cup of water
1 large Russet Potato peeled and cut into 1/2 ” cubes
3/4 cup frozen corn
3/4 cup cut up frozen green beans or fresh
*extra liquid — you can use water or broth if you still have on hand
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion , carrots and celery to the pot.
Cook for about 5 minutes till veggies are softened. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute or so. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, broth and potato to the pot and bring to a simmer.
Cook for about 1/2 hour at a low simmer or until potatoes are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper . Soup will probably be ready in 1/2 hour but I let it simmer for a full hour. I added some liquid as a lot of the liquid evaporates and gets absorbed the longer it cooks.
Stir in the corn and green beans and cook for another 10 minutes or so. If you’re adding any other ingredients this would be a good time. i.e. beans, kale, pasta etc. See notes above for *slow cooker directions.
- Perfect for freezing — just will have to add some liquid as you heat it up. Broth or water is just fine.