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Hearty Vegetable Soup

A friend gave me the idea to use V8 juice in vegetable soup because it provides more flavor. My best vegetable soup recipe is perfect to prepare on a crisp autumn afternoon. —Janice Steinmetz, Somers, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 cups frozen cut green beans (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 cups frozen peas (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup frozen corn (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups V8 juice


  • In a stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute carrots, onions, celery and green pepper until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove bay leaf.

Best Vegetable Soup Tips

How do you make vegetable soup from scratch?

It's simple to make vegetable soup from scratch! All you need is to combine and simmer the veggies, chickpeas, V8 juice, seasonings and sauces in a stockpot for about an hour and a half, and voila! You've got a warm and tasty homemade vegetable soup waiting for you on the stove.

How do you thicken vegetable soup?

To thicken vegetable soup, try using a thickening agent. We recommend using tomato paste or flour to thicken this recipe. Or you could add in more veggies or chickpeas to "beef" up your soup.

How long does homemade vegetable soup last?

Homemade vegetable soups lasts for about three days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If you'd like to enjoy it for even longer, learn how to freeze it!

How can I make my vegetable soup more flavorful?

This vegetable soup is already chock-full of flavor, but adding a few toppings will boost your flavor even more. Try grating fresh Parmesan cheese or sprinkling oyster crackers on top. (Psst! Make sure to check out our soup guide for more tips.)

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 105 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 488mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


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  • nancy
    Feb 18, 2021

    Very good. Last time I made it with canned peas corn and green beans. I think it was better than with frozen like I made it today. Still yummy though!

  • Julie
    Jan 31, 2021

    BEST VEGGIE SOUP EVER! I have made this soup for years and always get compliments on it. I don't add beans but other than that I follow it exactly. So, so good.

  • Mrsh1119
    Jan 20, 2021

    Now my default vegetable soup recipe. So easy to adjust. I use different stock instead of water depending if I add meat. I use drained black beans and add a couple chopped red potatoes and chopped sweet potato about a cup. I use canned veggies if I don’t have frozen. Adding the liquid from a can of green beans adds just a hint of flavor. I make this soup at least once a week and give a quart of it to a neighbor who is having medical issues. She says it’s the best soup she’s ever had.

  • Joleen018
    Jan 4, 2021

    Love this soup!!

  • modestcook
    Nov 17, 2020

    We liked this recipe a lot. Don't care for cabbage so left it out. I used vegetable broth in place of the water. We like to have a meatless meal once in a while. Most meatless meals are with pasta or rice. This is a nice change. Thanks for sharing Janice.

  • Janet
    Oct 13, 2020

    I used homemade bone broth and garden tomato juice. Excellent spice blend for perfect flavor no matter what veggies that you have on hand. Thank you for a well written recipe.

  • Elliott
    Sep 23, 2020

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  • lettuceleaf
    Apr 5, 2020

    Absolutely delicious. Made the second time and added some rotisserie chicken to add protein and more appeal for the guys in my family. But wonderful as written!

  • jacquiemb
    Mar 21, 2020

    I use V8 juice in my vegetable beef soup, it really does perk up the flavor, Also add cabbage. Your recipe looks great, putting it into my cookbook, to pull out and make on a chilly day.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jan 22, 2020

    Great recipe. The V8 and spices make it, and there is some flexibility with veggies. Due to what I had on hand, I omitted cabbage and celery, and used an extra can of beans. Family pleaser!