Can you hear it? It’s the sound of fall calling out for Versatile Vegetable Soup. Soup season is here! For me, one of the best things about fall and winter is soup.
The best thing about Versatile Vegetable Soup is that it’s versatile! Duh! You can add your favorite veggies and leave out the ones you don’t care for. Sometimes my soup simmers on the stovetop and other times, it goes into the slow cooker. It’s a comfort meal in a bowl.
Let’s Make Versatile Vegetable Soup
I always start by heating two tablespoons olive oil. Add one large chopped onion and cook until the onions are translucent.
Then, add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, water, chopped carrots, frozen baby lima beans, celery, green beans, potatoes, and corn. Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Simmer on medium-low heat for a couple of hours or until lima beans are tender.
Optional: After sauteing the onions, place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the lima beans are tender. (I’m obsessed with tender lima beans.)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Vegetable Broth, 14 oz.
- 1 cup frozen baby lima beans
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large potato, diced
- 1 can whole kernel corn, drained (or 1 cup fresh corn)
- 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 1 can green beans, drained
- 1 cup sliced okra (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- In a large stockpot, cook chopped onion in olive oil on medium-low heat until translucent, stirring often.
- Add all ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Cover and simmer on medium-low until all vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Where’s the Beef?
At this point, my husband usually asks, “Where’s the beef?” Because I’m such a nice person, I usually make two batches. Versatile Vegetable Soup for me and Vegetable Beef Soup for him. I brown a pound of grass-fed beef, drain and add to his pot of soup.
Versatile Vegetable Soup Ingredient Suggestions
I always add sliced okra to my vegetable soup because I heart okra and my freezer is packed with sliced okra from my dad’s garden. I wait until about 20 minutes before the soup is done before adding the okra or it gets too soft.
My husband wouldn’t touch okra with a ten-foot pole (southern saying) so I never add okra to his half of the soup.
You could also add:
- frozen peas
- sweet potato
Freeze the Leftovers
Got leftover soup? Freeze it! After the soup cools, place in labeled and dated zip-lock freezer bags. Let out excess air and seal. Lay bags in a single layer to freeze. Once frozen, stack to save room. To thaw: Thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat on medium-low, stirring occasionally.
If there’s a chill in the air, chances are, you’ll find me in the kitchen throwing together my favorite soup. And I always pray for leftovers!
What’s the one vegetable that must be in your vegetable soup?
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