I originally encountered the inspiration for this soup in Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson. I was literally looking for a “quick and easy” soup, and this soup seemed ideal. After a bit of experimentation, the end result has evolved into a combination of Alicia’s original recipe and my mother’s vegetable soup. I think that is a good thing, but feel free to disagree with me after you’ve made your own pot. The idea behind this recipe is precisely that which the title implies: search through your cabinets and your fridge, pull out your favorites, and throw it all in a stock. Let it boil, let it simmer, then enjoy your soup!
1/2 cup roughly chopped white onion
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock/broth
One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juices
One 15-ounce can great northern beans, drained
One 15-ounce can whole white potatoes, drained
3/4 cup frozen sweet corn
3/4 cup frozen green peas
3/4 cup rotini pasta
Sauté the onion and carrots in the canola oil for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
Add the stock and all vegetables. Bring to a boil for at least 10 minutes. Watch the carrots and potatoes to make sure they are as tender as you like before you add the pasta. If you are in a hurry, 10 minutes is sufficient, but ideally, the longer the better. Once the vegetables suit your preference, add the pasta. Cook until the pasta is tender, but still somewhat firm. You want it to be tender, but you don’t want it falling apart in the pot. This should take approximately 7 to 9 minutes.
If you follow The Tally Tales blog, you may remember my post and recipe for almond flour biscuits. If not, I highly recommend checking it out and baking a batch of these to serve alongside this soup. They make a tasty combination. Enjoy!
Leslie Tally currently resides in Saltillo, Mississippi with her newly-wed husband and their dog, Braxton. She teaches first grade in a public elementary school. In addition, she is an avid reader, writer, and lover of all things creative. You can find Leslie and her “teacher tales” at The Tally Tales.