What would you put into a healthy homemade soup?

United States
August 8, 2008 9:11pm CST
Yesterday was grocery day, so we stocked up on frozen and fresh veggies. I think I might have enough to make a homemade soup this week. Really soup is just whatever veggies I can find in the fridge or freezer, plus a nice tasting soup base, preferably tomato based. Most likely I would use fresh cooked squash, okra, tomatos, potatos, carrots, and assorted other veggies for the perfect homecooked healthy soup. And include a mix of canned and frozen veggies to make things interesting. What type of fresh or frozen vegetables do you love in your home made soup?
8 people like this
22 responses
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
9 Aug 08
I save, in one container in the freezer, all my left over vegetables-broccoli, green beans, corn,cauliflower, white beans etc- pasta, and rice. When I get a good amount I make soup. I like chicken as a stock. I add onions, garlic, fresh parsley, and sometimes just a bit of stewed tomatoes to the stock. Last I add the frozen veges. I serve it with home made bread,that is when I can, and grated Parmesan cheese. It was a tradition in the winter months when I was young for my mother to make a big pot of soup and home made bread. Even after I move out, I would stop by for soup on Saturday as did other family members. It was great on those cold winter weekends.
1 person likes this
• United States
9 Aug 08
That sounds charming! I hope my own daughter feels free to stop by my home when she is grown for family dinners. She is always welcome. Thanks for the cooking tips. I will try these out.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
9 Aug 08
We don't eat vegetable soup as my husband doesn't like it. However, I would love to use sun dried tomatoes, basil, and corn in a recipe. I think that your vegetables that you were talking about would make a good soup though.
• United States
9 Aug 08
carrots are a must......i also like potatoes and i like green beans and peas in my soup too, nobody else I know likes that.....
• United States
9 Aug 08
Ooh! I love the flat Italian style green beans. So delicious.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Well my mom has this great soup that she makes that my grandmother taught her how to make its a special bean soup its made with white beans a caned mixed veggies but if you prefer you can use frozen veggies or fresh veggies, just make sure there cooked properly before adding them to the soup, anyway its easier to use caned because there precooked, she put onions and green peppers, fresh celery and spaghetti sauce first you rinse the beans and then you boil them in a large pot of water the amount of water and beans depends on the size of the pot you use, and once there near done you can add the mixed veggies and sauce and then simmer together all the ingredients you can also add some cyann pepper if you like and after cooking everything together you can eat up mmmmmmm m its really good I hope I explained the recipe correctlly.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I put whatever I have in the house, into my home made soups. I even throw in left overs including mashed potatoes. They make the juice a little thicker. But I also throw in fresh vegetables too. I also add some of my homemade chicken broth or beef broth. I make my own and I freeze it so I have it whenever I need some. I love using lots of parsnip and parsley in my soups. I try to not put too much carbs stuff most times, I limit my potatoes and carrots as they are very high in carbs. So I use a lot of the greener vegetables, like celery and green beans and yellow beans and onions and peas and broccoli and cauliflower. And even some mushrooms sometimes and green peppers some times. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Your friend, Chris
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I love homemade veggie soup. I usually make a big pot and freeze it for later meals. I toss in onions, garlic, tomatos, potatos, a bag of mixed veggies, carrots, cabbage you name it. Then I add tomato sauce, A1, worchestire, some browning sauce, and about a teaspoon of italian seasoning. If I have leftover roast beef I'll cube it and add it as well. Now I'm getting hungry. LOL
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Aug 08
I like to base my soup on a chicken stock if we have had chicken and I have bones to use. Otherwise I base it on potato and onion cooked down and blended. Then I add just a combination of whatever veg I have to hand. My favourite if I've used a chicken stock is a mixture of root veg diced tiny, but if it's based on potato then I tend to do something with just a couple of flavours and blend it smooth. My favourite soups are those made with pumpkins or butternut squash. Butternut squash with sweet chestnut is divine.
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
My children and I really love those soup with squash, potatoes, sayote & cabbage then add with some chicken or pork broth. Its really very good that I won't have any difficulty with my children eating vegetables.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Aug 08
i love soup & make it real often.i put a little bit of every thing in mine. i keep me a bowl in the freezer & add all the leftovers in it till i get enough to make soup. i like all kinds of veggies. like to make it in the summer w/all fresh veggies, tomatoes, corn, green beans, ,potatoes, butterbeans just whatever is in saeson. i usually boil chicken , take all the bones out & use that for my base. i like alot of tomatoes in it & egg noodles. fix some cornbread & i think you have a good supper.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I buy a bag of mixed veggies from Walmart that's specifically for soups. I use that, and then add some peas, rotell tomatoes, and sometimes some meat. I also usually use beef broth. It's quick and easy, and my toddler loves it. It's the only way I can get him to eat some of the veggies, so we have it about once every week or two during the winter, and about once a month even when it's warmer.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
11 Aug 08
I usally use carrots,onions,potatoes maybe a can of mixed vegtables and some lind of meat like maybe a roast. Or I can cook that on the side. I have always been a big meat eather. Nothing to fating like steak or bacon. I eat steak but not all of the time. Best of luck to you with your soup.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
10 Aug 08
My favorite is corn and potato chowder. But I also make a soup that starts with cooking beans for a couple of hours and then adding celery, onion, bell pepper, cooking it for a half hour then adding potatoes and zuchinni, cooking it for another half hour and then adding tomatoes and cook it for fifteen minutes. Sometimes we add smoked sausage to it but other times it is vegetarian. Spice it how ever you like but I like to add chilli posder and garlic.
@hezoid (2148)
10 Aug 08
Well i always start my soups with a base of chopped onions and crushed garlic sauted in olive oil. I believe that the garlic is very good in boosting your immune system and also it's supposed to lower the risk of heart disease. that base alwso makes your soup very, very tasty! After that there are loads of soups i make. I do a broccoli soup, which you just add loads of chopped broccoli, some groundnutmeg and of course your stock. There's a red pepper and tomato one i do where you add chopped red peppers to the onion & garlic mix, then later add chopped fresh tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, dry or fresh basil and stock. Or, butternut squash and sausage soup is nice, i like to fry the sausages with the onion & garlic then add the stock to the frying pan to get all those juices mingled before boiling it with the butternut squash. Then there's the carrot, courgette & corriander soup i make, you guessed it i add them to the base (after blitzing them becuase then they are quicker to cook) and add stock of coruse too. I could go on, but bascially i think homemade soups are geneally healthy and if they are packed full of vegetables you can't go wrong!
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
10 Aug 08
Not to sure, I'm not really experimenting with own recipies when it comes to soup. I've been playing around with different types of vegetables and sauces on pasta and spaghetti but no soups yet. I like split pea soup a lot and I've heard that there is also a brocolli soup which sounds delicious and I definitly have to try. I don't know what okra is, can you explain or post a pic?
@LOULOU323 (214)
10 Aug 08
Soup is a big thing with us in the colder months,and it is the normal thing to have a soup pot on the go most days,the soup is made from the left over bits and pieces,including the gravy and stock.We will add anything and everything,it makes no difference,the more you add the more diverse the taste becomes,and we just love it with a hunk of hot bread
@aureliaz (1179)
• Singapore
10 Aug 08
Pumpkins and carrots (with a very very light touch of cream) for kickarse orangey soup! I forgot how my mum makes it but it's filled with vitamin b if I'm not wrong and really does taste creamy, healthy and delicious! Yum.
• Canada
9 Aug 08
My Mormor (Danish for Mom's Mom) used to make a fantastic homemade oup of some kind o roth (chicken I think?) It had a lot of salt in it. Danes ted to use a lot of salt in their soup. I ind American soup way too land. She made ese little Danish dmplings, and special iny little meatalls. Both the dumpings and the meatballs were very tiny. She also added carrots and celery. I'd give a million dollars for a boal of that, right about now.
@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
9 Aug 08
When my dad makes his homemade soups he likes to experiment with different veggies. Personally, my favourite so far is cabbage and cauliflower (he used it in a chicken broth, I suppose it would work just as well in tomoato soup to) the texture is perfect, I especially love the texture of the cauliflower, not to mushy, just right. He also puts the basics, carrots, chicken, noodles, celery, so on and so forth, but cauliflower and cabbage is my favourite part of it.
@Jenaisle (3803)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
I would add watergourd and mushrooms. These are good food with lots of anti-toxins in them. As for frozen veggies, I would love cauli flower and lettuce and potatoes. Yummy! We used to cook this vegetable, local dish- eggplant, okra , squash and string beans topped with dried fish and it is delicious.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
9 Aug 08
We have corn, beans, peas, turnips, leeks, tomato, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions and a ton of herbs all almost ready for soups! I love soup and love even more, homemade soup! When the heat calms down a bit, I fill our freezer with homemade soup. I will even eat it through the summer. But simmering all day is for fall! Have fun with yours and let us know how it turns out!