Family dinner discussions are always a hoot, aren’t they? I mean, you never really know where the conversation is going to go.
Well, recently, I was with the fam in Utah, and someway, somehow the conversation drifted to the best meals we’ve ever eaten. Perhaps it was because we were all elbow deep in king crab legs, but yeah — the banter went there.
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 pause “Love is Blind,” the TV show I’m currently binge watching 🙂 — Oh wait, there’s Amazon Prime Now for that 😀
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52 responses to “Hearty Vegetable Soup!”
Mmm looks so yummy & cozy! (I’m cold right now.) 😍
Thank you so much Paula! It is definitely cozy! Hope you can warm up! Hugs and love xox
Delicious! I enjoy hearty soup once in awhile. It is amazing how some recipes taste even better a day or two later.
Thank you so much! You’re right – this one is one of those – when the flavors marry — MAGIC! Hugs and love xox
I gotta say I love my home made soups and albeit although they aren’t gluten-free three of my fave are lentil, veggie & scotch broth 😃
Thanks amen! Oh wow that sounds amazing! What an interesting broth! I’m intrigued! Haha Hugs and love xox
You will probably find a recipe for scotch broth online
Btw I sent you another copy of your last blog from my desktop computer did you get it?
Cool I’ll have to check
Thanks Rod!! Hugs and love xox
You had to trick your dad, LOL! This lsoup ooks so delish Caralyn, I grabbed some screenshots of the most important items if that’s OK. Easy to crop and print… Thanks so much! 🥰😎
Thanks so much John!! Haha I did! 😋 have a great night. Hugs and love xox
I see that you have been ‘horsing’ around. Great photo by the way.
Hahah thanks 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Hahah YOU are very graciously welcome. 😎 Hugs and love to YOU!!!
Caralyn, your soup looks delicious. Soups are always so good in the winter. One of my favorite dishes. I will have to give your recipe a try. XOXO
Aw thank you so much! I agree – great winter food! Hugs and love xox
Looks delicious, Caralyn! Thanks for the vegan option. 🥰
Thank you Terese! It certain was! Hugs and love xox
Hugs and love back! 💕
I think if I watch you cook recipes and try them. repeating the process several time, I might learn how to cook them. 🙂
Haha yes! I think you’re correct about that! Hugs and love xox
that does look quite hearty – and delicious. And I always appreciate the vegan options that you include!
Thanks Jim! Oh yes – hearty is an understatement! Hugs and love xox
Soup is my favorite thing to cook! I can’t wait to try this one! Thank you for sharing, Caralyn 😊.
Thanks so much Jenny!! Oh yes – soup is good for the soul! Haha Hugs and love xox
Wonderful recipe! We live in Tennessee and safely came through the tornadoes that went down our road, doing damage and cutting our power, but we are blessed, seeing the fatalities in Nashville, TN and her surrounding areas and devastation, we continue to pray. We were without power for 20 hours, and all of our food was thrown, except the freezers were holding on. The veggie bags were wilting so I woke this morning and was craving a vegetable soup! I saw your post! Perfect timing and I may order the knife and tupperware-:)Jen
Thank you Jen! Oh praise God I’m so glad you and your family are okay!!!! Praying for you and your community. Hugs and love xox
Yum! Thanks for sharing. I’m making this asap! I think my family loves my Spanish rice and beans the best, so hopefully your soup recipe is not gonna steal my thunder 😂
thank you so much!! oh good! I hope you do! oh my gosh that sounds delicious! yum! Hugs and love xox
That looks delicious!!!
Thank you so much Ab! Hugs and love xox
Now look what you’ve done. After looking at this dish I had to go make myself an Asian stir fry! It was as close as I could get considering I’m a man and therefor not as adept at cooking as the female race. 🙂
Haha oh gosh sorry Ian! Glad you had some good eats though! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much Jim! This certainly was delicious! Hugs and love xox
thank you so much! it was even better tasting! Hugs and love xox
Vegetable soup is a favorite of mine. This recipe looks delicious!
Mine too! Thanks so much Barbara! Hugs and love xox
I love soup!
hah you’re on a reading roll!!! thank you!!!
That looks fabulous!
thank you so much! it certainly was! Hugs and love xox