This comforting vegan vegetable soup recipe was inspired by the old folktale Stone Soup, a story of hungry travelers who teach an entire village to share. Denied food by the villagers, the travelers set about making a large pot of soup with just stones and water, which they invite the locals to share. Curious villagers begin making small contributions to the soup—an onion, a potato, some barley—until they’ve created a large, wonderful meal for all to enjoy.
Not just a lesson in sharing, the story highlights how a few rustic ingredients from the garden can nourish mind, body, and soul. After all, is there anything quite as good as a hearty, vegetable-based soup? Pair it with a salad and some whole grain bread, and you have a satisfying meal packed with nutrients.