Whatever Soup

About once or twice a week I make vegetable soup. It’s never the same twice, but there are certain things that, I’ve found, the soup must have in order to be successful:

- 1 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes
- vegetable broth (can come from bouillon)

All the other things are your call. They can be fresh or frozen or from a can. You can have starches or not. You can add beans or not. That’s the beauty of this soup…and it’s seasonal!

My favorite iteration of Whatever Soup.

You’ll need:

  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced into thin half-moons
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small pkg sliced mushrooms (white or bella)
  • 1 28-oz can tomatoes
  • 4c vegetable broth
  • 1c fresh or frozen sliced okra
  • 1/2c fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 zucchini, sliced lenthwise and chopped into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1/2c fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 14-oz can navy or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed and chopped into 1/4″ rounds
  • 1/2 c whole wheat pasta (optional starch)
  • 1 small potato, cubed (optional starch)


  1. If you are using boullion, prepare your veggie broth. In a large pot (doesn’t need to be a deep stock pot, just a big pot will do), heat the oil on high. Add the onions and sautee for 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue sauteeing until the mushrooms exude their juices and the onions are translucent. Reduce the heat to med-high and add the garlic, continuing to sautee so as not to burn.
  2. Open your can of tomatoes and pour the juice from the can into the pot. Then–this is the fun part–crush each tomato with your hand(s) over the pot. Do this slowly to savor the stress relief, but also so as not to squirt tomato juice/seeds all over yourself. Add the vegetable broth.
  3. If you’re using the optional potato and or pasta, add these to the pot. Add everything else, reduce heat to medium.
  4. When your zucchini are kind of translucent and your carrots are soft, this soup is done. Spice to your liking (usually the boullion takes care of it for me, but you may require more or less). Easy peasy!

Usually, after serving my family, I have about 20oz of this soup left. I put it in a glass spaghetti sauce jar because I can easily take it to work and pop it in the microwave without worrying about harmful plastic chemicals leaching into my food.

Enjoy your soup!

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