Saturday, January 4, 2014

Vegetable and Bean Soup-with a vegetarian option

With at least 8" of snow on the ground I needed a big bowl of something hot, healthy and hearty, and this Vegetable and Bean Soup hit the spot! I have these ingredients on-hand most of the time and consider this a pantry recipe, spinach would be the only thing that might be missing, either leave it out or sub with cabbage or something else. By simply switching the chicken broth for vegetable broth this would easily become a welcome vegetarian dish.
This soup can be on the table in about 30 minutes and will be even better the next day!

Vegetable and Bean Soup-heavily adapted from
drizzle of olive oil, maybe 2 tsp
baseball size onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, big or small-you know what you like:@)
1 large or 2 medium stalks of celery, sliced
1 large or 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 can of diced tomatoes, with juice-I used a can of drained Rotel
2 C chicken broth or stock-Vegetarian swap: use Vegetable Stock
1 C water
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano, crush as adding to pot
1/4 tsp paprika
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
spinach, as much as you'd like-I added a couple big handfuls of frozen
S&P to taste-I had mushroom salt so that's what I used
  1. Heat a soup pot, add olive oil and onion. Cook until onion starts to soften.
  2. Add garlic, cook for a minute and then add the celery and carrot. Cook, stirring for a couple minutes.
  3. Add everything except beans and spinach, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook gently until the veggies are tender.
  4. Add beans, spinach and S&P to taste. Heat through.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)


  1. Your soup looks delicious and perfect for snowy weather Lynn! Sounds like you need a Hot Toddy too :) Stay Warm!

  2. Sitting here in the coldest temps its been in ages and thinking this soup is the thing to make asap!!

  3. This looks like a perfect meal for a snowy day, Lynn. Even though we don't have snow here, I'd like a big bowl of this for our cold temps that are due to come. Happy weekend and here's to cooking comfort food to keep us warm. xo

  4. Stay warm! The winter weather is crazy! This soup is delight flu.


  5. This looks delicious, Lynn, and I like the vegetarian option! xo

  6. This soup looks and sounds amazing!! I will have to include this one 0n my January soup list. Have a great weekend.

  7. Most definitely a comfort food kind of day!

  8. I love soups like this. =)
    Pinned to my Soup board.

  9. I almost put black beans in the lentil soup I made today. Now I know why I saved the make YOUR soup!

  10. looks perfectly divine, the cold weather is headed our way~

  11. I was wondering how you were doing and if the weather had hit you hard. Your soups always look so good and I especially like this pantry recipe. If a person was so inclined and had some on hand..a can of greens could be added too...if you didn't have the fresh of course.
    Stay safe and warm.. xoxo

  12. Yes to a good bowl of soup when it's freezing outside. I've been thinking of you up there in the cold. Stay warm Lynn and enjoy this soup.

  13. This loolks awesome and warm! I'm cold. Hope you can link this to What'd YOu Do This Weekend tomorrow.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  14. Beautiful and timely soup! Cold here (14 below) tonight, not a lot of snow. Happy New Year!

  15. Looks yummy as does the five other soup thumbnails- You may also like at the bottom of your post.

    That is a lot of snow. Guess you do have to keep the pantry stocked! Be safe and warm.

  16. Your soup looks absolutely amazing, Lynn! I'm bookmarking it for later. I think this would be warm and hearty and delightful on a cold winter day (and there are sure to be lots more of those in the Midwest!)


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