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Homemade Vegetable Soup

Homemade vegetable soup is one of my go-to favorite comfort foods when I need something quick and nutritious. It’s delicious for both lunch and dinner. Plus it’s a one-pot meal.

Bowl of homemade vegetable soup with beef, tomatoes, corn, peas, carrots, and spinach

I like a lot of different soups. My other current favorite is this homemade bean soup.

I understand that fresh-picked vegetables might pack a few more vitamins than veggies from cans. However, that would take quite a bit longer than most of us have when we get home from work.

In contrast to fast food, this homemade vegetable soup is a whole lot better for us.

Although some people only eat soup during colder weather, I like to have it year-round. After all, it’s easy to make, comforting, and delicious.

Early Memories of Homemade Vegetable Soup

I grew up on military bases, where all the neighbors had something in common. Most of our neighbors, like us, were far from our hometowns, since the U.S. Air Force moved us around quite a bit.

As a result, we had our own little traditions with people around us.

One of the things I remember enjoying was potluck dinners at different people’s homes. Sometimes, we were asked to bring our favorite dish, while others had a theme.

Here are some of our other favorite potluck dishes:

Chicken and rice casserole – This one is always a favorite and disappears quickly.
Mac and cheese with ham casserole – Check out some of the ingredients I add to give it more flavor, texture, and nutrition.
Italian chicken and zucchini casserole – Even people who claim not to like zucchini love this one.
Peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats – It’s always a good idea to add something to the dessert table, so try this take on an old-school favorite.

Other Names for This Version of Homemade Vegetable Soup

You can get cute with this type of homemade vegetable soup coming up with a theme for it. It will certainly give your children something to remember.

When we lived in Japan, one potluck featured, “Can-Can Soup,” which is basically the same as the recipe below. The host provided the ground beef and the pot to cook it in, while each guest brought cans of vegetables.

As each family arrived, we dumped our vegetables into the pot. What we wound up with was vegetable beef soup.

Our military friends in Oregon called this style of homemade vegetable soup “Hobo Stew” or “Hobo Soup.” We had the exact same scenario with the host providing the meat and guests bringing cans of veggies.

Perfect for a Southern Potluck

The country church my mother used to attend as a child in Mississippi had the same type of dinner, only they called it “Potluck Soup.” Even as an adult, she called it that.

Bowl of homemade vegetable soup

My mother-in-law used to make this soup when my husband and his sister were younger. Plus she added what she called her “secret ingredient” in order to get the young’uns to eat it.

The secret ingredient is . . . (drum roll) . . . ketchup. Yep. Just a small squirt of ketchup packs an incredibly flavorful punch.

Whenever I prepare my own version of homemade vegetable soup, I look back on those days with fond memories.

It tastes good, no matter what you call it—especially with my mother-in-law’s secret ingredient.

How to Make Quick and Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

Package of organic grass-fed ground beef to put in the homemade vegetable soup

First, you start with a pound of ground beef.

Chopping ground beef in a pot.

Put it in a skillet or the pot and brown it, breaking it up as you go. I use a hamburger chopper that you can find at most cooking stores or Walmart.

Browned ground beef with hamburger chopper

After the meat is brown, drain the grease.

Drained ground beef

Put the meat into the pot and turn heat on medium high.

Organic beef bone broth adds flavor to the homemade vegetable soup.

Pour the beef bone broth in with the meat and stir until it until it bubbles.

Can of organic diced tomatoes

Next, add the tomatoes and stir.

Diced tomatoes in the pot with the chopped ground beef
Can of sweet cream style corn

After that, pour in the cream corn. Stir.

Cream corn in the pot with tomatoes and ground beef
Can of chopped spinach

Then pour in the spinach and stir.

canned chopped spinach, tomatoes, cream corn, and ground beef
Can of mixed vegetables

Add the vegetables and stir.

Homemade vegetable soup with mixed vegetables, ground beef, tomatoes, cream corn, and spinach

Finally, if you’ve decided to include my mother-in-law’s secret ingredient, the ketchup, add that and give it another stir.

Put a lid on the soup and let it simmer while you set the table and get washed up. Dinner can be served whenever you’re ready to eat.

Lid on the pot of homemade vegetable soup
Pot with lid

More Delicious Soup Recipes

Another one I enjoy is the cream of chicken soup from the Southern Plate blog. I also enjoy the chili recipe from the Back to My Southern Roots blog. If you like those blogs, check out Julia’s Simply Southern.

Bowl of homemade vegetable soup

Homemade Vegetable Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Homemade vegetable soup that is easy to make and so delicious.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of cream style corn
  • 1 can of chopped spinach
  • 2 cans of mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup of water (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup (optional - secret ingredient)


  1. In a soup pot or large skillet, brown the ground beef on medium high, breaking it up as you go. Drain and put it back into the pot.
  2. Pour in the bone broth and stir.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes.
  4. Add the cream corn and stir.
  5. Drain the spinach and add to the pot.
  6. Drain and add the vegetables. Stir.
  7. I like thick soup, but if you prefer a thinner broth, add the water.
  8. If you want to add the ketchup, do so now and give it a quick stir.
  9. When the soup comes to a boil on medium high heat, put the lid on the pot and turn the heat down simmer.
  10. Serve hot.


Serve this delicious homemade vegetable soup with bread and butter or crackers and cheese.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1-1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 243Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 51mgSodium 522mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 20g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Thursday 7th of May 2020

What, no onions, no garlic, no bay leaf, no thyme, no potatoes etc etc.?


Thursday 7th of May 2020

Hi Linda. If you want all of those things in your vegetable soup, by all means, put them in. This is just one of many ways to make veggie soup. I always encourage people to take a recipe and change it up to make it their own. Happy cooking!


Sunday 10th of February 2019

wow, love this recipe, I never have thought of using cream corn in soup. That is an awesome idea thanks for sharing come see us at


Sunday 10th of February 2019

Angie, this is such an easy way to make vegetable soup! The cream corn thickens the broth and makes the soup more robust. Enjoy!

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