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.
Easy Vegetable Soup
This vegetable soup is easy to make and so adaptable. You can swap out some of the ingredients for others that you may like even more.
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.
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.
As I mentioned, you can use what I have here or switch any of the ingredients out for something else. Here is what I used:
- Ground beef
- Bone broth
- Diced tomatoes
- Creamed corn
- Chopped spinach
- Mixed vegetables
- Ketchup (my mother-in-law’s secret ingredient, optional)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
Other ingredients you can add or swap out:
- Fresh green beans
- Fresh carrots, chopped
- Chopped onions
- Fresh squash, diced
- Fresh zucchini, diced
- Chopped cabbage
- Red pepper flakes
- Worcestershire sauce
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
- Currie powder
- Fresh lemon juice
If there’s something else you’d like to try, test it out with a little bit of the soup. If you like the way it tastes, add it to the whole pot.
How to Make Quick and Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup
This soup is so easy to make, and the payoff is delicious! It’s a great one for those days when my family needs comfort food but I don’t have a lot of time.
Use either a big soup pot or a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. After everything is in the pot, you’ll want to turn the heat down to low and simmer it.
First, you start with a pound of ground beef.
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.
After the meat is brown, drain the grease.
Put the meat into the pot and turn heat on medium high.
Pour the beef bone broth in with the meat and stir until it until it bubbles.
Next, add the tomatoes and stir.
After that, pour in the cream corn. Stir.
Then pour in the spinach and stir.
Add the vegetables and stir.
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.
Leftover Vegetable Soup
There’s a good chance that you won’t have any leftover soup. However, if you do, it will be good on another day. There are a couple of options.
First, you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a tight lid and place it in the refrigerator. It should be good for up to a week.
Second, you can put it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer. This method keeps it good for a couple of months.
On the day you want to serve it, all you have to do is thaw it and heat it up in a saucepan until it reaches your desired temperature. Or you can microwave it until it’s hot.
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.
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.
Perfect for a Southern Potluck
One of the things I remember enjoying was potluck dinners at different people’s homes and at church. 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.
More Delicious Soup Recipes
If you like soup as much as we do, you love having a variety of homemade soup recipes. Here are some of our favorites:
Cream of Mushroom Soup – Why bother with canned soup when you can have homemade? This is an easy soup to make from scratch.
Butternut Squash Soup – Do you ever wonder what to do with butternut squash? This is our favorite way to enjoy it.
Lentil Soup – When you want a quick and easy homemade soup, this lentil soup is perfect! It’s delicious and filling!
Potato Soup – Comforting and delicious, this soup is definitely a crowd favorite.
Homemade Vegetable Soup
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)
- 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.
- Pour in the bone broth and stir.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes.
- Add the cream corn and stir.
- Drain the spinach and add to the pot.
- Drain and add the vegetables. Stir.
- I like thick soup, but if you prefer a thinner broth, add the water.
- If you want to add the ketchup, do so now and give it a quick stir.
- When the soup comes to a boil on medium high heat, put the lid on the pot and turn the heat down simmer.
- Serve hot.
Serve this delicious homemade vegetable soup with bread and butter or crackers and cheese.
Nutrition InformationYield 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.
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
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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!