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Ridiculously easy? Check. Incredibly flavorful and satisfying? Double check! This is a delicious, make-it-your-own Italian vegetable soup. Add any vegetables or beans you want to use up, or a small amount of cooked rice or pasta—just place it in the bottom of your bowl and ladle the hot soup on top. To save time, you can even use frozen mixed vegetables to replace the carrots, celery, and zucchini. This soup reheats well, so enjoy it throughout the week.

Recipe adapted from The Book of Veganish.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini beans (or other white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Place the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic into the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes. Add water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time as needed, to keep the vegetables from sticking to the pan.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, beans, zucchini, and broth. Add the basil, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if needed. Serve hot.

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Kathy1 year ago
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Gissele2 years ago
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Delicious! A great way to use up excess vegetables.

I hate celery, so replace it with leeks, use more carrots and zucchini, and add extra veggies like broccoli and mushrooms. Also works great with butter beans (my preference for white beans).

To soak up extra liquid, I add about a cup and a half of pasta shells about 10-15 minutes before it’s cooked; creates more of a stew consistency but is still fantastic.

Jo2 years ago
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Loved it, even though I had to make a couple of swaps. Red peppers for courgettes, Passata for tinned tomatoes and celery seed for celery. It was seriously tasty and we have enough for another day or two. Yum.

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