How to Make Homemade Vegetable Soup

Homemade vegetable soup can be made with whatever veggies you have on hand. Popular vegetables include carrots, peas, green beans and corn. You can use a frozen mix of pre-chopped vegetables, but the soup can also be made with fresh, hand-cut vegetables.

These recipes are only a sample of what you can do. You can dice the vegetables or chunk them, and you can experiment with different soup bases, including beef, chicken and tomato.

Recipes for Homemade Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

Ingredients You Will Need:
3 slices thick-sliced, hickory-smoked bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 pounds oxtails
3 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables or equivalent of hand cut corn, green beans, peas and carrots
2 large tomatoes, rough chopped

Sweat the bacon at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a crock pot. When there is enough lard to coat the bottom of the pan, add the oxtails and some of the black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and salt (sprinkle over the oxtails). Brown on both sides.

Add 4 quarts of water, turn heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, cover and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat back down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and let simmer until the meat falls off the bones.

Remove the bones, and discard. Add the vegetables, tomatoes and the rest of the spices. If you like a spicier broth, add more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for at least an hour. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

Vegetable Soup with Chicken

Ingredients You Will Need:
3 slices thick-sliced, hickory-smoked bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 pound chicken leg quarters
3 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables or equivalent of hand cut corn, green beans, peas and carrots
½ pound dry noodles of your choice (optional)

Sweat the bacon at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a crock pot. When there is enough lard to coat the bottom of the pan, add the chicken and some of the black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and salt (sprinkle over the chicken). Brown on both sides.

Add 4 quarts of water, turn heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, cover and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat back down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and let simmer until the meat falls off the bones.

Remove the bones and skin, and discard. Add the vegetables, noodles and the rest of the spices. If you like a spicier broth, add more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for at least an hour. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

Ingredients You Will Need:
4 large tomatoes, diced
3 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables or equivalent of hand-cut corn, green beans, peas and carrots
½ pound dry noodles of your choice (optional)

Heat a crock pot to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray with your favorite non-stick spray. Add the tomatoes and some of the black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and salt (sprinkle over the tomatoes). Cook until tomatoes get somewhat mushy, and start making a broth.

Add 4 quarts of water, turn heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, cover and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat back down to 350 degrees, add the vegetables, noodles and the rest of the spices. If you like a spicier broth, add more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for at least an hour. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

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