Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup is hearty and full of nourishing veggies like tomatoes, corn, green beans, celery, and potatoes, ready in under 45 minutes!

When it’s cold outside, warm up in the kitchen with all of your favorites like Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Classic Beef Chili and Ultimate Sloppy Joes! These are some of the heartiest and easiest Main Courses you can make at home. 

Easy Vegetable Soup in pot

Vegetable Soup is the PERFECT healthy dish for a cold day, made with fresh vegetables like hearty potatoes and corn, green beans, celery, carrots, and onions in a seasoned chicken broth. Once you try this it will become one of your favorite soup recipes of all time. Serve this with toasted Garlic Bread, a side salad, and some cheddar or parmesan cheese on top.

This recipe is one of the oldest recipes in the world! From the dawning of fireproof and waterproof cooking vessels (probably made of thick earthenware), humankind has gathered the vegetables and herbs and put them into a liquid dish to cook. There’s a billion different ways to combine food for a nutritious and flavorful soup. This recipe is just one of the most common in the world!

You can make this on the stovetop because it’s pretty quick to throw together, but it does really well in both the slow cooker and the instant pot as well. Once you try this soup recipe, you will never look at the store-bought stuff the same way again.

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How to Make Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup recipe is really versatile. You can use whatever veggies that are in season, or this is a great recipe to use up leftover veggies from the night before. You could also make this using Italian seasoning blend, or oregano, parsley, and thyme with various different types of broths for variety and flavor. Check out our recipe here: 

  1. Prepare – Gather, wash, and chop all the vegetables. 
  2. Saute – In the pot or Dutch Oven, cook the celery, garlic, and onions together which helps add a wonderful earthy flavor to the soup. 
  3. Combine – Once that’s ready, add the rest of the vegetables and seasonings to the pot. 
  4. Liquidate – Add in the liquid (we’re using chicken broth and V8 juice in this recipe.) Note: For a thicker soup base, add 4-5 tablespoons of tomato puree.
  5. Simmer – Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer. Keep the lid on so all the liquid doesn’t evaporate. Then enjoy! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How big should I cut the vegetables?

Vegetables should be chopped to about an inch long so they can easily fit onto a spoon. Smaller cuts also prevent choking hazards, especially for young children.

Can I use canned or frozen veggies?

Yes. To save time, you can substitute a drained can of diced tomatoes for hand-diced tomatoes in this homemade vegetable soup recipe. Or if you prefer to use all canned vegetables or frozen veggies, like frozen corn, that makes for a super easy weeknight meal. You can add the water from the cans directly into the bowl, no need to drain. 

What else can you add to Vegetable Soup?

Add any combination of your favorite vegetables including bell peppers, mixed frozen veggies, parsnips, chickpeas, kidney beans, zucchini, kale, spinach or shredded cabbage.

What can I serve with Vegetable Soup?

Crusty bread served with a healthy soup made with fresh herbs is one of the best comfort foods in the world. Skillet Cornbread is a great option to make!

What makes Vegetable Soup taste better?

If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, try adding a bit of salt and a scoop of real butter. If the soup is cooked with an unctuous piece of roast beef, it will lend a mouthwatering and rich flavor to your soup. Up the amount of garlic as well when cooking. 

What are the best herbs to add to Vegetable Soup?

Adding and mixing herbs is almost a precision science. Fresh herbs add a lot of good flavor, while dried herbs are deeper in flavor which means you can add less. Italian herb blends will be perfect for this recipe. Additionally, add two or three dried Bay leaves to the soup to really give it that boost of flavor. Some say this is the secret ingredient, or at least the most important ingredient in their soup! 

Vegetable Soup from above

Key Ingredients for Vegetable Soup

  • Vegetables – This recipe uses a large variety of vegetables. When selecting vegetables, choose the freshest you can find in the market. Watch out for mold, decay, and other things you wouldn’t want to purposefully ingest. 
  • Soup Base – We’re using V8 juice and chicken broth as the soup base. V8 juice is packed with flavor and vitamins and adds character. Chicken broth adds an almost buttery addition without dairy. You can also change which broth you’re using depending on your flavor preference.

Alternative Cooking Methods

  • Slow Cooker – Vegetable soup is REALLY easy to make in the slow cooker. Just put everything in, stir to mix together, and cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours. You can refer to this Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup for a similar version (but with beef – which you can definitely leave out if you want).
  • Instant Pot – This is the perfect recipe to use with your Instant Pot! Just place all of your ingredients in the instant pot. Lock the lid and seal the pressure valve. On manual mode, set the instant pot for 10 minutes on high. Let it release naturally.

Variations on Vegetable Soup

  • Meat Lovers – Add browned beef, turkey, sausage, or cubed extra firm tofu to this recipe for a higher protein option. You can also use leftover Rotisserie Chicken.
  • Tex-Mex – Make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning and cook with ground beef for a Tex-Mex veggie soup. Serve your soup with sour cream and crunchy tortilla chips.
  • Pure Vegan Soup – Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make this soup vegan friendly. If you’re going to add leafy greens to the soup, like kale or spinach, add them about 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve.
  • Vegetarian Soup – This recipe is dairy free as-is, but you can change the chicken broth to veggie broth, add ¾ cup of half and half just before serving to make this soup vegetarian friendly. 
  • Noodle Soup – Add a half cup of al dente pasta right before serving to add some filling carbs to this vegetable soup recipe. 
  • Spicy Soup – Add a dash of cayenne pepper, diced jalapeño, or red pepper flakes to add some spicy seasoning to this soup. 
  • Winter Soup – For a fun winter soup, you can add sweet potatoes and canned white beans to the recipe for a hearty soup. If the beans are dry, let the soak overnight or get boiled for 15 mins before being added to the soup base. For every half cup of par-cooked beans, add a cup of broth or water.

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How to Store Vegetable Soup

  • Serve: Vegetable Soup can be left at room temperature for up to two hours, or kept warm in a crock pot for up to 4 hours once it’s finished cooking.
  • Store: Vegetable soup will last wrapped tightly in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Reheat your soup over medium-low heat on the stove, stirring occasionally until warm.
  • Freeze: Vegetable soup is perfect for making ahead and freezing. Let the soup cool down completely, then seal it in an airtight container and freeze for up to 5-6 months. If you make a double batch when you make this, you can freeze some for a quick dinner another night.
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Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup is hearty and full of nourishing veggies like tomatoes, corn, green beans, celery, and potatoes, ready in under 45 minutes!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 2 stalks celery , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 large potato , peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots , sliced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup green beans , chopped
  • 2 vine tomatoes , diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups V-8 juice


  • In a large stock pot add the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onions, celery and garlic for 4-5 minutes until translucent.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and bringing to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.



Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1389mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4355IU | Vitamin C: 42.4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Great recipe, delicious soup! One question.. It says 6 servings, but I dont see the serving size listed. What is the serving size?

    1. That’s a bit tricky with soups, but I would say between 1 1/2 – 2 cups. The only way to be sure it to measure once it is done. With simmering and differences in heat and sizes of vegetables there are too many variables to give an accurate measurement.

  2. So easy. Delicious! Will add to my favorite soup list for the fall/winter. I love soup and this hits the spot. I am adding spinach to this pot of soup as I love lots of vegetables. This is great for the cold days with a grilled cheese sandwich. Thank you for sharing this recipe.????

  3. Perfect soup recipe! Love the flavor and simplicity. I added frozen Lima beans and a few tablespoons of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I used 1 can of petite diced tomatoes instead of cutting fresh tomatoes to save time. I also used frozen peas and green beans instead of fresh. It was perfect! I ate on this soup for multiple days and craved it so much! It is great with a hot grilled cheese sandwich.

  4. I made this soup and ate 3 big bowls! It’s absolutely to die for yummy!!! I can’t wait to make this soup twice a week for my family.

  5. Absolutely amazing soup. I did add rinsed black beans instead of potatoes plus had left over taco meat (ground venison) and added about 1 1/4 cups ended up delicious . This is my new go to soup ?

  6. I LOVE this soup! I make it at least three times a month. It’s my go-to meal because of all the veggies, and the broth is excellent! I leave out the potatoes, and I add beans, especially Lima beans. I add two small zucchini’s in the last 10 minutes of cooking, and I season with Thyme.

    Thanks so much for this recipe.

  7. I just made this soup for the first time tonight and WOW was it good! I live in Colorado and we are getting lots of snow tonight so I didn’t want to go out but everyone was hungry and looking at me with that, ‘what’s for dinner look’. I had everything in the recipe except for the V8 which would be the deal breaker BUT I did have some Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix (don’t judge me!) so I used that as a substitute. I also had to use mostly canned veggies but in a pinch, I figured that would be ok. I also had some rotisserie chicken left over that I threw in. Lastly, I doubled the recipe and if you were wondering if it would still fit in a 6.5 Quart Dutch Oven, I’m hear to tell you it won’t, no matter how hard you try, trust me!!! One last thing: I added a bottle of Chardonnay – ok, that was for me to drink because I nervous as everyone was hungry! No need as it turned out AMAZING! I am so grateful for this recipe. Thank you so much!!!

  8. It is snowing here in Colorado and I am definitely trying in. I so want to make this soup and I have everything except V8 juice. What can I use as a substitute? Would a Bloody Mary mix work? Help!

  9. My favorite go to soup during the winter months. I do add 4c instead of 2 of v8 and add some tomato paste. Overall delicious and healthy!

    1. I make with frozen peas and corn but use spicy, low-sodium, V-8 and add frozen baby lima beans-so VERY few changes. Amazing! Love this soup!
      My husband is a meat-eater and didn’t seem happy but finally admitted “it’s a good vegetable soup. I just want meat.” But now, after big weeks of eating out, or holidays, get-togethers, etc… he’ll actually request this to have a healthy but hearty meal.
      I usually serve with a crusty 3-cheese bread.

  10. Loved this! I added a little crushed red pepper and topped my bowl with a some parmesan cheese. I use v8 when making pasta fasioli and it makes a difference. I may add some macaroni next time or a little rice. What a great recipe! Thank you!

  11. I made this yesterday and it is delicious. My family doesn’t like like soups or stews with tomatoes, so I didn’t put them in, but added a can of kidney beans that I rinsed. I also used chicken broth and added 2 tsp. of Better Than Boullian Beef flavor.

    1. My family and I absolutely love this recipe! A must have for cold winter nights! Wondering if there’s any way this could be made in a slow cooker?

  12. Your recipes look so delicious, but are totally out of reach for many because of the high sodium. It would be wonderful if you could offer less sodium options.

    1. You could try and interchange the broth for low sodium broth? And cooking is experimentation so change out what ever makes it work for you. I hope you get to try it!

      1. I use low or no sodium broth, v8 juice, and no salt added canned tomatoes. It’s delicious as I no longer even like dishes that are too salty.

        The recipe is great!

  13. I love this recipe?? It’s so cold in the Midwest today and this warm, hearty veggie soup is just what my soul needed ? I added ground beef, bell peppers and a bay leaf while simmering.

  14. Best Flavor!! I added diced sweet potato, and a can of Rotell with peppers, the V 8 juice is genius for flavor and thicker soup

  15. Just made this today and it’s going to be a favorite. I did add Cabbage and a little oregano and basil.
    Thanks for sharing recipe.

  16. Looks good, but I’ve looked at about 15 vegetable soup recipes on this website & NOT ONE of them mentioned CABBAGE. My Pennsylvania Relatives wouldn’t dream of making it without the addition of some chopped cabbage. Adds soooo much!! Try it — you’ll like it !!! Liz

      1. Hi there 🙂 I have everything but the V8…I do have tomato sauce and I was wondering if that would work with maybe some additional seasoning. I love V8 just none on hand 🙁 Thankyou so much

        1. Yes, you can use tomato sauce. You will need to add water and more seasoning to get the right consistency and taste. Hope that works out for you!

  17. This is my first time trying this recipe. I followed the recipe but I think mine turned out more watery in comparison to the picture and it’s on the bland side. I’ll add more salt and hope that fixes it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Hi! The picture makes it look thicker than it is, but it is a more watery soup than creamy. Did you use broth and v8?

    1. On the stove on low? or in a slow cooker on low? I would be nervous to leave an open flame unattended overnight.

  18. I wish I would have kept track of how many times I’ve made this recipe in the past year! I’ve simplified it a little to make it even quicker. I buy frozen chopped onions, carrots & celery, bag of frozen veggies, can of diced tomatoes and add a little cumin and other seasonings.

  19. This was an awesome recipe. Only alteration was using two bags of frozen mixed vegetables because it was a quicker option at the time. This is another great Dinner then Dessert recipe getting added to my family’s meal rotation. Thank you Sabrina!

  20. This soup was good, but I only gave 4 stars because there was no seasoning except salt and pepper. I added basil and Italian seasoning.

  21. My family really liked the soup. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and it still turned out really hearty.

  22. Easy, healthy and delicious recipe. I’ve made it three times in the last couple of months, family loves it and even sent the recipe to my mother-in-law who can’t wait to make it.

  23. Sabrina, thank you for your vegetable soup recipe. Your recipe inspired me to make a pot full of vegetable soup. Missing some ingredients like the V8, carrots, string beans and chicken broth. No sodium as I suffer from. Kidney disease as well as Diabetes. But I used all the rest of the vegetables including fresh and diced tomatoes and low sodium beef broth. I did add low sodium kidney beans well rinsed and basil, oregano, cumin and a bit of chili powder. Thank you.
    It was delicious.

  24. It tasted good but was greasy. I think the 1/4 cup of oil is too much. It is oily on top. Sure smells good too.

  25. Delicious! For the V-8 I added one cup of Original and 1+ cup of Spicy Hot…good call. And I added a bay leaf.
    Great recipe, will be a frequent.

  26. I have made this two weekends in a row. I love it and feel good for eating it. This last time I counted 10 vegetables I had in it which included Kale and Brussel Sprouts. I also added cumin both times and smoked paprika. This last time I added about 1/3 pint of my homemade salsa. It gave it a nice kick.

  27. I absolutely love this recipe and use it all the time!?? I add green beans, red pepper flakes and tomato paste to it. It freezes well and I bring it out for company regularly with homemade buns. So happy that I have found the perfect vegetable soup. Thank you so much ?

  28. This has become my go-to veg. soup!! SO good! I def add more herbs & spices, but one trick to share: I pretty much always have everything on-hand I need to make this except fresh green beans. I’ve substituted frozen mixed veggies for the green beans and it works great. I’ve also subbed a can of diced tomatoes for the 2 fresh, and that works great as well. This is a delicious soup that has become a real staple over the last couple months.

  29. I have this cooking on the stove right now and it smells so good! Can you add more chicken broth and v8 to make it more soupy or will that mess up the flavor? Mine is looking a little on the chunky side and I feel like it needs more liquid.

  30. Soup was excellent. Sweeter in taste than I anticipated but a pleasant surprise. I swapped out normal potato with a sweet, and chicken broth with vegetable broth. Then I topped off the soup with some fresh avocado slices. DELICIOUS. thanks Sabrina!

  31. This was delicious! A keeper and great way to use up all those veggies in the fridge. I did it in the crock pot. I added cabbage and smoked paprika. I also used the purée which I think was key. Before serving topped with sumac (my new favorite spice) Easy and healthy ! Win win !

  32. I made this in the instant pot. Takes a lot longer in a pressure cooker so next time I’ll do it over the stove. I didn’t have any V8 so I replaced it with four cups of vegetables broth. And I added a bunch of My favorite seasonings. Had it with crusty Italian bread.

  33. This recipe is so much like the one I grow up on but my mom put in meatballs loved coming home in the snowy days from school in the 60’s and smell great smells . I’m ageing myself, my husband hates soups for dinner he’s ok at lunch , it’s ok I make soup anyway , I live in Colorado Springs Co thx

  34. FINALLY, a vegetable soup that I like! Time and again, I’ve tried recipes and … ehhh… Thank you for one that was really good. After the onion/garlic step, I sauteed all of the veg a bit before adding the broth/V8. Very good. Will add this into the rotation for us.

      1. This soup freezes wonderfully! If you don’t want to use V8 I’d recommend replacing it with sone type of tomato puree or sauce and then adding your salt and spices to your liking. Enjoy!

  35. Do you use fresh or frozen vegetables (I do not like canned)? Sounds like a wonderful recipe and can’t wait to make it!

  36. Just making my second batch. I have a canner so I do a big batch and can it. I loved this soup and is a favourite now

  37. This turned out great! I made a vegan version and used vegetable broth and also added in a teaspoon of salt free seasoning blend and a bay leaf. I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of the V8. I sauteed the onion, garlic, and celery in the instant pot on the saute setting, and then I added the rest of the ingredients and cooked it on high pressure for 7 minutes with a natural release and it was perfect, especially with some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. I will definitely keep making this…thanks for the great recipe!

  38. Absolutely delicious. I used low sodium chicken broth and Spicy low sodium V8. The spice gives it an extra kick. Also sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. This recipe will become a staple in my house.

  39. Delicious-so very good. I substituted a can of no-salt diced tomatoes and used a low-sodium chicken broth. Will definitely be making this soup again.

  40. I make a very similar soup but plan to try this one soon for variety. In mine, I start by browning a half pound of quality ground sirloin and we add barley. The v8 could really be a nice change to the crushed tomatoes I usually use too. Maybe spicy v8?

    1. Was wondering if you’d be willing to share your recipe. It sounds delicious and I would love to give it a try. If not I totally understand.

  41. Wonderful soup…i did not use V8.
    I roasted my own tomatoes with olive oil, salt/pepper and put some whole and the rest puree.

    I grated parmesan cheese. Delicious

    1. It’s a great recipe. I’ve been making vegetable soup since I was a kid. In the last few years, I’ve started adding a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it and it really brightens it up.

  42. This has become one of my favorite soups! I chop the carrots, cellery, and onion very fine in the blender. Then instead of tomatoes I add tomato sauce (my husband refuses to eat anything with tomatoes in it) and some cooked ground beef. My husband even loves this meal, and he is faaaarrrr from a vegetable lover.

  43. This is the perfect vegetable soup recipe! I’ve made it 3 times and it’s very good. It’s the only one I will ever use!

  44. Cam across this recipe and it looks scrumptious However,
    I am from South Africa and am not quite sure of what V8 is. Could you please enlighten me

    1. V8 is a vegetable juice. It’s mainly tomato juice but also contains carrots, celery, lettuce, watercress, beets, spinach and parsley. Hope this helps!

  45. I always add more vegetables than on any recipe. I also never have v8 on hand and it still turns out amazing. Love this recipe I have made it so many times I have it memorized. I always go back to this one when I want something cozy.

  46. I added some cabbage and red kidney beans and fresh mushrooms. Plus I used vegetable juice. It turned out delicious!

  47. This soup is delicious! I love the addition of the V8. Really adds so much flavour. I don’t add the potato, I put 1/2 cup of barley instead.

  48. Super good! I doubled the recipe and made some minor changes: Used veg broth, canned tomatoes, no oil and added some ditalini pasta. Fantastic dinner! Hubby enjoyed his over some broken sprouted bread. Thanks for sharing.?

  49. So good! I use veggie broth instead of chicken and no oil. I also ass the chick peas, as recommended. My go-to veggie soup! I make it a few times a month!

  50. This soup is so delicious and very comforting. I cooked it and took a catnap while it cooled. Just woke up to put it away for lunch/dinner tomorrow. I just ate two bowls. It is sooo delicious. Home made soup from now on for me!

  51. Just trying this recipe, reading all the comments I don’t make soup often so hopefully this turns out good pretty much followed the recipe step by step. Just hoping it all cooks the same!! Nervous when making soup

  52. This is the second time I’ve made this soup and it is still so good! I am a new vegan (no animal products or bi-products, or oils) for recent medical reasons, so I sautéed my onions, garlic and celery in a little veggie stock. I doubled the recipe and I used organic canned diced tomatoes, 1 potato, 1 sweet potato, some Herbs de Provence and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. The last 8 minutes I added sliced and quartered zucchini and cannellini beans. It’s so easy and so delicious. I always suffer from a burned mouth for hours afterwards because I can’t wait for it to cool before eating!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. I follow a similar diet and I love this recipe as well! I need to try some of the added veggies you use. I always add garbanzo beans to mine now! Mmmm

  53. would it be ok to leave out the chicken broth and use vegetable broth instead and use the v-8 juice as well?

  54. Wow! This soup was so good!! I have no idea why I have never made homemade vegetable soup before. I modified just a little bit because of the things that I already had in my pantry and fridge. I added leeks in with the onions and garlic. I did not have green beans but I did have fresh mushrooms, so I added mushrooms. I used bone broth chicken broth, and I only used 3 cups instead of 4. I didn’t realize that the potato would actually cook in such a short time, so I regret that I did not add very much fresh potato even though I had it. The next time I will add the whole potato. Rookie vegetable soup maker!!

  55. Hi Sabrina! I was just thinking about making my Vegetable Soup because it’s healthy and yummy and I make mine Red too, I use most of your ingredients but I MUST have Cabbage in it !! It gives it such a good flavor and Cabbage is good for ya ? Yours looks delicious but try the Cabbage in it next time you make it, I know you’ll love it ? Thanks ?

  56. I made this soup for my book club! I doubled the recipe and followed your instructions exactly as written. They absolutely loved it and devoured almost all of it. I served it with crusty bread and a spring mix salad. Without a doubt this is the best vegetable soup I have ever made. I have made it three times since with the same reaction! YUM! Thank you for this amazing soup recipe. I also really like all your notes, very helpful!

  57. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I added a can of Rotel in place of fresh tomatoes, added chopped cabbage at the end, and also added about a cup and a half of cooked quinoa that I had leftover from last night’s dinner. The quinoa added protein and made the soup thicker and more hearty- so good! My husband is not a big soup fan, and always complains when I make soup. Well he just finished his second bowl, and said “this soup is a 10!” Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

    1. You can add spices to just regular tomato juice or if you have a bloody mary cocktail mix (just the mix without the alcohol), that’ll work too. Otherwise, I would look for a recipe online for a copycat version of v8 juice using chopped tomatoes, celery, onion, carrots, garlic, and other spices.

  58. Awesome! I used vegetable broth & added more veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini), plain couscous & barley. Love it!

      1. This vegetable soup is top notch. I have made it many times and it never fails to please the family. And it freezes very well. Your right…we will never eat a canned soup again! Next time I would like to add barley. Many many thanks for sharing.

  59. I loved this recipe! I swapped out a few of the veggies for different ones that I had on hand and added a can of white beans, ground turkey and little noodles so I could have lots of leftovers. it was delicious and very filling. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Made this last night. Used low sodium chicken broth. Had tomato juice on hand so substituted for the V8 but added Tabasco sauce to spice it up. Threw in some shredded chicken I had in the freezer. So good, easy, and fast! Yum!

  61. Just so you know, the metric conversion of 2 c. of V8 in this recipe is way off for some reason. It should be 500 ml, not 6.94 kg.

  62. If I do this in a crock pot, do I need to cook the meat first or just literally throw everything in? What about the sautee step at the beginning with the onions, celery and garlic? Do I need to do that first too if I throw in a crock pot?

    1. I would sear the meat first. It gives it so much flavor. The veggies too – no need to cook all the way through for either, just give it some flavor.

        1. The original recipe doesn’t call for meat but if you’d like to add one, you definitely can. I hope you enjoy it.

  63. This recipe is delicious. I was skeptical about not adding any additional seasonings but it turned out to be great and very easy to make. I did cook it longer- about an hour & a half.

  64. I prepared this soup last night and the aroma was amazing! I followed the recipe exactly except I used beef stew meat. I was a little hesitant on the bay leaf but I’m glad I used it. The secret weapon is surely the better than bouillon! LOL I let it cook on low for 8 hours in my slow cooker. My husband had it for breakfast and said the soup is “DELICIOUS!” This is a keeper and I will make again! Got a french baguette and this will be our dinner after church today! Thank you for sharing this awesome soup recipe!

    1. Hooray!! I am so glad you enjoyed it, this is literally one of my favorite recipes on the site. When I am craving something that screams comfort food I reach for this recipe.

  65. This soup was pretty good but a bit too salty for me. Would recommend not adding salt and letting guests season their own bowls with salt & pepper. I also added a couple tbsp of tomato paste for a more tomatoey flavour. Nice!

    1. So glad you liked it! You can definitely hold back and let guests season to their taste if it is too salty for you 🙂

  66. This is was delicious. I added cabbage and a little half and it was so good. My family loves it as well. Definitely a new winter favorite.

        1. The easiest would be to substitute with a bloody mary cocktail mix (just the mix, not the alcohol) otherwise, you can find recipes online to make a copycat version using chopped tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and spices. Hope this helps.

  67. I had an old friend, who used to always add a can of V8 to his soups and stews. This does make a difference. Just a little zest?

    1. It’s a vegetable soup however I don’t list it as vegetarian. You can adjust to make vegetarian by using vegetable stock 🙂 I have other tips to adjust to make it fit your dietary or taste preferences in the post.

  68. This is an amazingly tasty soup and the V 8 adds just the right about of zest. Our family loves it and there is never a drop of siup left. Freezes well.Thank you!

  69. I love this versatile soup recipe. I have made it twice and doubled the recipe both times. I always add cabbage and the last time I added taco seasoning and black beans to half the batch and that was great as well. I will make this often.

  70. Amazing recipe! I changed the celery to zucchini instead and kept everything else as is. Great for lunch at work thanks for the recipe!

  71. This was absolutely delicious!!!! I did not use olive oil and instead sauteed the veggies in vegetable broth. Used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes too and that gave it some spice. Loved this so much and will be adding this to my meal rotation.

  72. Great recipe; I added more veggies though and a bay leaf…. sometimes since I add more veggies I add a can of tomato sauce ….. it’s fabulous with the addition of chopped cabbage at the end…. doesn’t take long for it to cook so definitely a last minute add in… in fact you can through it in turn off heat, lid on and let it cook as soup cools for twenty minutes

  73. This was soooooooo good. I used beef broth and added kidney beans. Ate it w warm ciabatta bread mmmmmmn

  74. Hi Sabrina,
    Can you please tell me how long to cook your veg. soup in Crock Pot ?
    HI or LOW ? How long ?
    Mira C.

  75. This soup is delicious and great for a cold, wet Sunday evening. Served with toasted, buttered sourdough. One thing I noticed though is that the peas are not in the recipe list but appear in the photo. I happened to have half a bag of frozen peas to throw in. Thanks for a classic, repeat recipe!

    1. Although V8 has many other vegetables in it, you can always mix equal parts tomato sauce and water as a substitute.

  76. This was yummy! I did it in the instant pot which took forever to heat up and cook (maybe 45 minutes including saute time), I tried to do a natural release but had to quick release after 10 minutes to feed the family before bed time! Definitely will make again. The veggies cooked beautifully in the instant pot.

  77. This soup was so yummy and full of flavor! Great recipe. I like all the ingredients in it. This is perfect for me. thank you.

  78. Hi Sabrina! I just wanted to let you know, Iv’e been having a great time Pinning & posting all the wonderful food you have here 🙂 It ALL LOOKS GOOD! Hope you & those you love have a very Happy New Year!