Special Vegetable Soup

Easy to make and a good use of odds, ends and leftovers!

By The Editors

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“This recipe grew out of necessity to feed the crew when all I had were odds and ends in the fridge and miscellaneous pantry items,” says reader Jo-Ed W. of Conway, Ark. “My granddaughters loved it and now, whenever I ask what they’d like to eat, this is their most frequent request.”

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2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart broth (vegetable, chicken or beef—any will work well)
1 (28-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 envelope Knorr Vegetable Soup/Dip mix
1 (10-oz.) bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 tablespoon balsamic or pure apple cider vinegar
1 (16-oz.) can beans (white, pinto, black—whatever you have on hand)
Chopped fresh parsley, to taste
Salt & Pepper, to taste

1. Heat a large (4-quart) heavy stock pot over medium heat until drops of water bounce before evaporating. Add oil, chopped onion and celery; sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until it becomes very fragrant.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, soup mix and cook for a few minutes; then add remaining ingredients except parsley and seasonings.

3. Simmer for 30 minutes; taste to check seasoning, and add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir in parsley.

4. Serve with homemade cornbread.

Serves 8


Knorr usually has MSG in their soup mixes. This mix has hydrolyzed Protein(corn, soy, wheat), on the ingredient list which often has hidden MSG. Also the mix packet has 2779mg of sodium. The broth you are using will have sufficient sodium, so this is not a healthy soup in my opinion. Season with herbs and spices, not excess sodium.

ArleneCC on 2015-01-11 18:19:40

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