When it’s cold outside, I love a big bowl for hearty vegetable soup for dinner. Soup recipes are easy to pull together, make a ton, and are a very comforting way to end the day. Plus, and this is a big plus, it’s something everyone in my family seems to enjoy. It’s another way I can fill my kids’ bellies with veggies.
This hearty vegetable soup is particularly easy to throw together. Chances are you probably already have all or most of the ingredients in your fridge or pantry already. But if you don’t there’s a handy shopping list at the bottom of this post for your convenience.
As with most soups, this one is easy to make your own. By that I mean that there is a lot of room for you to experiment and turn it into a soup full of your favorite veggies. If you aren’t a big fan of butternut, no biggie. Leave it out and use a different kind of squash or veggie. The kale is interchangeable with spinach, chard or even beet greens. We lovingly refer to this soup as “clean out the fridge” soup.
Bonus if you have leftovers from Sunday dinner you can turn those ingredients into a great soup to start the week. This soup is great on its own, ladled over hot rice or quinoa or with a big slice of homemade bread or a grilled cheese sandwich on the side.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 1 large leek, sliced into ½″ rings, washed well to remove any sand and drained in a colander
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1½ cups cooked white beans, rinsed (one 15 ounce can or homemade from dry beans)
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 6-8 cups vegetable or chicken broth, or water
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 cups diced butternut squash
- 4-5 kale leaves, ribs removed, roughly chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until the onions starts to soften. Add the carrots, celery, and leeks. Continue cooking, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, being careful not to let it burn.
- Next add the tomato paste and stir well. Let cook for 30 seconds then add beans, diced tomatoes, broth, thyme, and butternut squash. Add salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste. (It might not need much salt if the broth is salted.) Bring to a simmer and let cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
- Add the chopped kale and let cook for another 5-10 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
- Ladle into bowls and serve hot with warm rolls or bread on the side.
5 DAY MEAL PLAN
Hearty Vegetable Soup (recipe above)
Slow Cooker Herbed Balsamic Pork Roast via Cafe Johnsonia
Slow cooker meals are great to incorporate into weekly menu plans because you can put everything into the cooker and come back at dinner time. This roast is very flavorful. The sauce is incredible over mashed potatoes. Here it’s served up with green beans too.
Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese via Two Peas and Their Pod
You’ll have some leftover butternut squash from Monday’s soup, what better way to use it up than in a creamy homemade macaroni and cheese dish? Fresh rosemary and toasted whole wheat breadcrumbs make this recipe extra special. Be sure to use aged cheddar for a really flavorful macaroni.
Thai Tacos via Taste and Tell
Fusion food at its best! These Thai Tacos are filled with marinated flank steak and folded into a soft, flour tortilla along with a crunchy, flavorful lime-cilantro slaw.
BLT Naan Pizza via Cookin’ Canuck
Friday night is almost always pizza night at our house. Using homemade naan as the pizza crust makes these extra easy and fast to make. I might also add some of the leftover balsamic pork on these too.
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