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Very Versatile Veggie Soup

Very Versatile Veggie Soup

How can I prepare and consume the variety of cruciferous, leafy green, and orange/red vegetables, plus alliums and other vegetables experts urge us to eat every day? I want their benefits but taking that much time to prepare them all is nearly impossible.

Make soup, I say. With Ten Vegetable Soup, you combine terrific-tasting and healthy carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, canned tomatoes, leek, onion, Swiss chard, a potato and parsley. Tossing them all into a pot takes less than 30 minutes. The result is enough to eat for several days, both as is and with variations I will suggest.

Ten Vegetable Soup freezes nicely. You may eat it until fed up then freeze what is left, or you plan from the start to divide this generous kettle of soup, either is a good plan. Plus, besides being satisfying and colorful, this soup is very low calorie.

Whether it is vegetarian or not is up to you, depending on if you choose to make it with water, chicken or vegetable broth. I look at this soup like a little black dress – lovely for itself and easy to embellish differently each time you serve it.

My father would call this clean-up-the-kitchen soup. Indeed, do feel free to vary the veggies. Butternut squash, kale, spinach and broccoli are all nutrient dense and tasty alternatives.

Ten Vegetable Soup

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Makes 10 servings. Per serving: 1 cup



  1. In large Dutch oven or heavy soup pot with tight-fitting cover, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, cauliflower, leek, onion, carrot and celery and stir to coat them with oil. Cook until cabbage is limp and onion translucent, 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook gently until vegetables release their juices, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes with their liquid, broth, potato, parsley and thyme. Increase heat to medium-high until liquid boils, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer soup for 10 minutes. Add Swiss chard and simmer for 10 minutes. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper; let sit for 15 minutes before serving. If desired refrigerate for up to 4 days, reheating in covered pot over medium heat. Or divide cooled soup among resealable freezer bags and freeze. This soup keeps in freezer for up to 2 months.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
70 calories
3 g fat
less than 1 g sat fat
9 g carbohydrates
3 g protein
2 g fiber
253 mg sodium