Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup

Use whatever veggies you have on hand in this flexible vegetable soup recipe! It's easy, it's vegan & it's great for warming up on cold nights.

Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup recipe is cozy, healing, and warming – just the thing for a cold night, or any time you’re feeling a bit under the weather. In fact, I started working on it a few weeks ago, after getting pretty sick. It’s not usual for me, but I didn’t leave the sofa for three or four days in a row. Jack would bring me veggie soup and crackers, and somehow we started watching Friends – in marathon form – from the very beginning. He doesn’t want his friends and coworkers to know this, but we’re now 3 seasons in, and he couldn’t BE any more into it.

Once I was back on my feet, I was still craving soup, and I had a ton of random veggies to use up. Enter: this vegan vegetable soup! Brothy, healthy, and full of fresh vegetables, this vegetable soup is a great recipe to have on hand whenever you crave something light & nourishing.

Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup Recipe

Best Vegetable Soup Recipe Variations

I call for a lot of vegetables in this soup, but use whatever you have on hand and/or skip what you don’t have. Here are a few easy ways you could change it up:

  • Use all carrot or all sweet potato instead of both, or add butternut squash instead.
  • Add a tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning in place of the oregano.
  • Toss in a few sliced cremini mushrooms when you add the carrot.
  • Swap bell pepper for the cherry tomatoes, zucchini, or green beans.
  • Leave out the wine and add an extra splash of vinegar.
  • Omit the chickpeas, or replace them with white beans or cooked French green lentils.
  • Use another leafy green, like spinach or chard, in place of the kale.
  • Top bowls with finely chopped parsley or basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese!

Let me know what variations you try!

Make a big pot, eat it the next day, and the day after that. It also freezes well. A warm bowl of this vegetable soup is great to cozy up with – especially when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup

If you love this vegetable soup recipe…

Try another vegetarian soup, like this lentil soup, butternut squash soup, miso soup, asparagus soup, or gazpacho, next! And if you like flexible, many-veggie recipes, check out these tacos or this roasted vegetable pasta.

5.0 from 8 reviews

Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup

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This flexible vegetable soup recipe is perfect for using up whatever veggies you have on hand! It's a healthy, vegan meal that's great for cool fall and winter days.
Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced
  • ¼ cup dry white wine (i.e., pinot grigio)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano (or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or rosemary)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1½ cups chopped kale
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes. Add the carrot and sweet potato, stir and cook 2 more minutes.
  2. Add the wine and cook for about 30 seconds to reduce by half, then add the canned tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cherry tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, chickpeas, and cover and cook 10 to 15 more minutes, until the green beans are tender.
  4. Stir in the vinegar, kale, an additional ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste), and more pepper.
Store extra soup in the fridge for a few days (this one tastes better on the second day). Freeze after that.


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  1. Vanessa from

    This looks so beautiful and hearty. And the name? It couldn’t be more perfect!

  2. Melissa from

    This sounds like a great way for me to clear out my fridge! Beautiful & simple.

  3. Magali from

    This soup looks so yummy and perfect comfort food!

  4. Glad you are feeling better! This looks wonderful – I have been in a serious soup mood the past few weeks.

  5. Judi Creed

    Perfect timing. I started eating healthy todayQ! Gonna make this for sure! Thanks!

  6. Kathryn from

    this looks great – I usually start my soup routines this time of year, healthy or sick.

  7. Lindsay

    Looks delicious! I’m looking forward to trying this – just wondering, what is the volume of the can of tomatoes you used?

  8. Lindsay

    Looks delicious! I’m looking forward to trying this – just wondering, what is the volume of the can of tomatoes you used?

  9. Hehehe, the Friends song reference made me giggle. Friends is on my list of shows to watch because I have only seen one episode all the way through. In the minds of some of my friends, that is basically sacrilegious.

  10. cheyenne from

    this looks delicious! i’ve been sick myself, and i’ve been wanting to try out a new soup recipe. guess i found it!
    xo, cheyenne

  11. This looks so comforting. Sometimes a simply flavored bowl of soup is just what we need when we aren’t feeling our best. Love the white wine and balsamic additions here.

  12. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well! Soup always helps though, and this one sounds fantastic. The more veggies, the better in my opinion!

  13. Based on my grandmother’s advice, I steadfastly hold that soup is the best cure for illness (she also says that sticking garlic cloves up your nose is the best cure for a stuffed nose. I will refrain from commenting). This looks like it would do the trick!

  14. This is such a great looking soup. It’s blowing a gale here in Amsterdam and I really need to cuddle up with a bowl of this awesome soup (and my partner!). Thank you for this recipe and all the great advice and recipes on your blog. Glad to read you are back up on your feet as well.

  15. Anna

    the friends jokes you threw in there — that he couldn’t BE anymore into it and the song reference — totally made me smile. 🙂

  16. Looks very tasty and healthy, great article going to try this tonight!

  17. I’ve been craving soup all day, this recipe couldn’t have come at a better time! I love vegetable soup, fully loaded with lots of veggies! Great recipe!

  18. Haha! I love how you not-so-sneakily snuck Friends into that last sentence. That show is just irresistible, and perfect for sick days on the couch. Hope you’re feeling better!

  19. Lisa from

    I’ll be there for you…

    I love a nice big pot of vegetable soup. So delicious, so satisfying. Must make soon.

    Glad you’re feeling better.

    • jeanine

      ha, thank you 🙂

  20. Gillian Somers

    Made this for dinner last night. DELISH! Kept chicken off to the side for those carnivores among us!!

    • jeanine

      so glad you liked it!

  21. Erika

    Just tried this recipe for dinner last night and it was so great! Very easy to make and has tons of flavor. I also loved putting all of the veggies in – makes me feel like I am doing something so good for my body when I eat foods like this. Thanks for sharing!

    • jeanine

      Hi Erika, I’m so glad you liked it!

  22. Bobby

    Made a version of this last week and was extremely happy with the results. Used some beef stock out of necessity to un-vegan it, also used canned diced tomatoes with chiles and I liked the kick it gave the soup. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Beautiful photography by the way.

    • jeanine

      Hi Bobby – I’m so glad you liked it – i’ll have to try tomatoes with chiles next time I’m in the mood for more of a kick.

  23. Anna

    First time I am commenting. Have been reading your blog and trying your recipes for a while now and this particular one is delish. Have been playing with it and seasonings over the past weeks as you were suggesting and since the weather is getting colder in Paris – and it never disappoints !

    thanks again for sharing!

  24. What a beautiful, vibrant soup! I’ll be adding it to my Real Food Meal Plan next week. 🙂

  25. Abela from

    Thanks for this yummy recipe.I tried it last night it came really so yummy and delicious.I must say the way you explain and the images are really help me lot to prepare.
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    • jeanine

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  26. Takoria

    Just made this for dinner and it was SO GOOD! this is a great recipe and the fam loved it!

  27. Beth from

    This was great! My soups often turn out meh and I thought the flavor of this one was perfect. I used 3 tsp of herbs (2 oregano, 1 thyme) and subbed out the sweet potato and zucc for delicata and butternut. It took more like 20 mins to cook.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      thanks! I’m so glad you liked it!!

  28. RSV

    Just made this soup. It turned out delicious!

    Question- I want to freeze some of it. Shouldn’t I cool it down now and then freeze it, instead of leaving it in fridge for a day or 2, and then freezing it?

  29. Larissa

    I make this soup at multiple times every winter – so tasty and I feel so good stuffing myself full of vegetables. It’s always a great way to use up raclette leftovers!

    • Jolie Malone

      raclette is so good! I also add shavings of parmesan cheese before serving

  30. Jolie Malone

    Terrific recipe! I used a squeeze of lemon in place of the vinegar. Also, everyone has forgotten the seasoning power of CELERY SEED in veggie dishes and soups! You can find it in the aisle with the other spices.

  31. Gil

    Served over wild rice.
    Subbed the GB for yellow wax beans and added some mushrooms at the end.
    Topped with drizzled truffle oil when serving.
    Needles to say, not much talking while eating tonight. 🙂
    TX for the recipe !

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed the soup 🙂

  32. Linda

    A favorite activity of mine is making soup on Sunday afternoon. I usually begin mid-October and go until it gets too warm again – usually early to mid April. So I make a lot of soup. This is hands down the best vegan vegetable soup I have ever made. Because I make a lot of soup, my husband eats a lot of soup. He enjoys them but rarely comments. Last Sunday he said – “This soup recipe is a keeper.” And it is. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Linda, I’m so glad you both loved the soup!

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