A straightforward spring vegetable soup featuring potatoes, carrots, and peas in a mildly seasoned broth, this is a light first course for an everyday or festive spring meal. The nice thing about this soup is that it features vegetables that are commonly available, inexpensive, and available all year round.
Because the soup is so simple, you’ll want to make sure that the broth is flavorful. I don’t usually call for both broth and bouillon cubes as I do here, but used in tandem they give the soup the extra boost it needs. And make sure not to be shy (yet not overly extravagant) with salt.
You may have all the ingredients on hand, with the possible exception of leeks. I usually buy them if they’re needed for a specific recipe (like this one). If you can’t find them or don’t care to use them, you can substitute a large onion. Not familiar with this member of the onion family? See our Guide to Leeks.
This would be a great soup to serve for Passover with Vegan Matzo Balls or at Easter as a first course with fresh crusty bread.
Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas.
Simple Spring Vegetable Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large or 2 medium leeks, white parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced, and well rinsed
- 2 medium celery stalks, diced
- 32-ounce carton vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 vegetable or vegan “chick’n” bouillon cubes
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or a handful of baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced (see tip in Notes)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, optional
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the leeks and celery, and sauté over medium heat until the leeks are limp, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the broth, water, bouillon cubes, potatoes, and carrots. Bring to a slow boil, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the tomatoes, peas, and parsley. Cook over very low heat for 6 to 7 minutes longer. Make sure the peas and parsley stay nice and green. If the soup seems crowded, add another cup or so of water and heat through.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.
If you’re making this soup ahead of time, hold off on adding the peas and parsley (or spinach) and dill. Once the soup reheated and ready to be served, add these last ingredients.
Photos: Nata Bene/ Bigstock
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