Hearty Vegetable Soup

I’m writing this, curled up in my bed, sick as a dog.

Even though I got a flu shot this year (first one ever, I might add) I still ended up with a nasty bug.

Such is life.

Anywho. When I was out at Sundance last week, we ate some pretty delicious food. And one night, while we were literally enjoying all-you-can-eat King Crab Legs, we opened up a discussion about the best meals we have ever eaten.

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And sure, there were some Cheesecake Factory responses, and a couple Filet Mignon replies. But. Three of my family members cited my hearty vegetable soup as their all-time favorite meal.

I was floored. I mean, sure, my family is nice and likes to build one another up, but this wasn’t some pity remark. They actually meant it.

And I’m not going to lie…this soup is pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

And it’s Gluten Free, and SCD friendly – with a Vegan option!

So – without further ado:

Caralyn’s Hearty Turkey Vegetable Soup

What You Need: (Makes A LOT of soup)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 white onion, diced
7 large carrots, chopped
1 bundle of celery, chopped
1 head of garlic, minced
2 cups fresh green beans, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 rotisserie turkey breast – diced (Vegan Option: sub 8 oz crumbled seitan (not GF))
2 Tbsp oregano
2 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp tarragon
1 Tbsp thyme
1 Tbsp sage
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
8 oz freshly grated parmesan cheese (Vegan Option: sub 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast)
1 (or two) box(es) low sodium, organic chicken broth (Vegan Option: sub veg broth)

Large stock pot
Large wooden spoon
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Tupperware for freezing half

In a large stock pot, heat 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil for 30 seconds over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.

Next, stir in the carrots with the onions, season with another pinch of salt, and let cook for 3 minutes. Then, stir in the celery, and sauté for 3 more minutes.

Next, stir in the garlic, and sauté for 3 minutes.

Next, add the zucchini, green beans, another pinch of salt, and the spices (minus the bay leaves), and sauté for 5-7 minutes. ((You will feel like you are adding a lot of dried spices, but trust me, it is delicious!))

Meanwhile, drain and rinse the beans. And remove the skin, and carve the turkey breast, being careful not to include any cartilage.

Stir in the beans. Then stir in the turkey.

Finally, add the box of stock. If you want a thinner soup, use two boxes, but I like to use one so that it is thick, and more like a stew. At this point, add the bay leaves.

Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, pour in the parmesan cheese and stir to combine. This thickens the soup and gives it a lovely, creamy broth.

Turn off the heat, let cool. Freeze half and enjoy the other half for the next week!

This soup was a life saver during the 8 months I was home, helping my mom recover from her stroke. I would make this up on Sunday, and we’d enjoy it the whole week.

Not only is it incredibly healthy and delicious, but it was also a fool proof way for me to get my father – who is “allergic” to vegetables – to eat his veggies!

And the best thing about this soup is that it gets better with time. The flavors “marry” in the fridge, and it just blossoms, day after day.

The textures, the spices, the warm and filling ingredients – this soup won’t let you down.

Now if I could just figure out how to get these ingredients delivered to my apartment in 2 hours, without having to leave the cocoon I’ve created for myself under the covers. 🙂 — Oh wait, there’s Amazon Prime Now for that 😀

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114 responses to “Hearty Vegetable Soup”

  1. I was just looking for a good hearty soup recipe; so your timing is perfect. And, I’ve been using the same chef’s knife since the early 1980’s. It’s still wonderful!

    • oh great! glad you found this one! isn’t it a great knife! I’m going 10 years strong on mine! it’s so great! and what’s the saying…there’s nothing more dangerous in the kitchen than a dull knife? — we definitely don’t have to worry about that with this baby! thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  2. I’m sorry you are ill. I had the flu shot and I’m just getting over the flu and now my sister has it. Many people in Minnesota have it as well. The worst I’ve seen in years. Lately, I have been eating much healthier and this soup looks amazing. I’m going to make it soon. Thanks an take care.

  3. Looks interesting. Maybe, I’ll make it someday. Though without the zucchini. I despise zucchini. (It’s got to do with a girl friend long ago that loved zucchini more than me.) One of my favorite soups is pea soup. I will write that post one of these days.

    • thank you so much Joe! yeah, you could sub beets for the zucchini! oooh, pea soup – sounds good! big hugs xo

  4. Your soup sounds delicious! Saving the recipe. Feel better soon! My crew is finally on the mend after falling like dominoes to it over the last week.

    • aw thank you so much! i’m glad you guys are out of the woods on your end 🙂 big hugs to you xo

  5. I got the flu shot once in my life and that was the only tine i got the flu as well… So I’ve never really been a fan of getting the shot again!

    • Thank you Ayla! yeah, I don’t think I’ll be getting one again! glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox

  6. Thanks so much for sharing all of these. As far as the flu so sorry. You know I had it for two months and lost 20 pounds. Went to doctor, two rounds of antibiotics nothing! I finally told my husband, “I am either headed for the hospital or the grave!” It was that bad!

    I have to take a lot of herbs bc I am highly allergic to medications. So my husband went and got me some Royal Jelly. Within three days every flu symptom I had was gone! It builds up your immune system, also women you cannot have children get pregnant, (go read reviews) full of B vitamins and also lowers blood pressure as well it has anti-bacterial benefits. It also detoxes your liver, so does green tea.

    When you first start to take it start slow about one quarter to half dose for the first two weeks. It can make you a little upset stomach. Then increase dosage. Only take this if you are not allergic to bee products.

    Also get some “raw” honey, as it is not cooked. One tablespoon with one quarter of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Drink once a day for congestion.

    Hot Ginger tea: Get ginger root and grate some in a pot of boiling water or tea bags. Drink 2-3 cups a day, as it moves mucus. This is really how I finally got over it, but the Royal Jelly is what finally did it.

    Disclaimer: This is not to tell anyone to get off of their medications nor to treat any illness. This is my story only. Always check with your doctor before doing anything.

    (Just had to put that in there.) Love you and will pray. God Bless, SR

    • Oh my gosh that’s just awful. I’m so sorry you had to endure that! Praise God that you’re better!! I’ll definitely have to get some Royal Jelly. Thanks for the awesome tips!! Big hugs to you SR! Xox

  7. Yum!, funny coincidence, I got a roast duck at the Asian Market the other day. I picked all the meat off reserved- made duck stock. Duck Soup- sauteed shallots, ginger, garlic, Serrano then added onion, carrots, celery. deglaze with rice vinegar and add stock duck. Prepare bowls with cooked rice noodles and Napa cabbage ladle soup over and top with cilantro and mint. I don’t use recipes for savory cooking

  8. Ohhh! It looks so tasty! YUM! I know you will get much more better in Jesus Name! You’re in my prayers!!! God bless you and recuperate well!! Much love and blessings!!!! Xxoo 🙏😊💕✨😇😘

  9. There’s a chain food place called Sweet Tomatoes. It has a seven vegetable soup that looks similar. I like it. Your food recipes and descriptions are, on point. Like. Tiny shows in my head. It’s great.

  10. We are a family of soup lovers. Started by my mother who used to make an awesome turkey soup just by boiling up the bones after Christmas and adding shredded turkey leftovers. I tend to use whatever is leftover in the fridge and always start with an onion and a potato in there. Another favourite is Parsnip and Pear. I will definitely try yours though it looks wonderful. Hope you’re soon better Caralyn. Gill xx

  11. Hmmmm… loved to try this, since then that I realized how important our health more than anything is, I always seek for healthy ways of living.. and yeah thanks for sharing… <3 <3

  12. Oh this is so great! I’m so glad you posted this. We’re about to do the Daniel Plan at church and I want to show people that healthy can be tasty! I think I may make this for our small group meeting! ❤️

  13. Sorry to hear that you are sick Caralyn. On the other hand, I love vegetable soup especially because of it’s customization for any person with an allergy or preference for vegetables. I think I might have to try your vegetable soup; it looks good.

    • aw thanks! absolutely! I’m actually a vegan myself – and I follow the vegan versions of all my recipes, but i make the other one when I’m home for my family and reserve a vegan batch on the side before I put the meat/cheese in 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  14. I do not know how you feel about inoculations, but, even if you do not get a (highly recommended) flu shot, please consider, no, get it, a pneumonia vaccination. Pneumonia is the coup de grace of diseases. More people die from pneumonia, during or after other diseases, than anything else. Google it, then get your shot. Every five years will be fine.

    • Thank you so much Von for this insight. That’s some scary stuff right there. Will def check it out. Thanks x

  15. So sorry your not feeling well hope you get better soon lots of rest , fluids and oh my your soup looks so yummy!! I need to try it but I will tell you when I’m done making it I’m sure it won’t look and taste like yours 🙂

  16. Hugs Beautiful!! MMMMMMMMM a hearty soup is the best this grey, drizzly, cold, yucky time of year!! Thanks for sharing to lift everyone!! God Bless You every day!! xoxoxoxo

  17. Looks good, which is hard for that type of dish in a picture, sounds awesome to eat. But only will happen if someone else fixed it. I love good food, will wait for it, pay for it, don’t have the kitchen patience to fixit. Maybe what bowl if i am in New York 😃 God Bless you!

  18. I will definitely be trying this! It looks/sounds amazing! Soups are my go-to with meal prep and my crazy nurse schedule it’s so easy to pre-portion them out and make my lunches “grab and go” and I was looking for a new soup recipe feeling burnt out on my other soups!

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