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Homemade Vegetable Soup Like Grandma Used to Make

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Growing up, I loved this soup!

Growing up, I loved this soup!

Looking for an Easy, Traditional Vegetable Soup?

As a kid, I loved my mother's homemade vegetable soup. In the fall and winter it brought comfort—and even years later when I made it for my husband, he quickly developed a taste for it, as well.

With simple, inexpensive ingredients, my mother's homemade vegetable soup was very easy to put together. Although she had no written recipe for her soup, I followed her around as she made it one afternoon many years ago and made notes of the ingredients and quantities so that I could replicate her recipe.

Below you'll find her homemade vegetable soup recipe from my childhood.

You can easily make this soup vegetarian.

You can easily make this soup vegetarian.

About My Mother's Homemade Vegetable Soup

My mother primarily made this soup in the fall and winter. Some fresh vegetables were harder to come by, and thus some of the vegetables were canned. The advantage, of course, was that the preparation and cooking time was reduced. I've written the recipe to conform to exactly how she made it.

This vegetable soup recipe also incorporates beef; it's not a vegetarian dish. It should probably be more accurately described as a vegetable beef soup. You can easily make it vegetarian, however, by omitting the beef and substituting vegetable broth for the beef broth.

Either way, this is an affordable and easy soup to put together.

Carrots from the garden

Carrots from the garden

Necessary Equipment

The tools you will need to make this homemade vegetable soup are:

  • 8-quart stockpot
  • Cutting board
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Can opener
  • Pressure cooker (if you choose to follow the recipe strictly)

It doesn't get much easier than that!

Chopped vegetables

Chopped vegetables


Nothing exotic here; you'll find all of the ingredients at the local grocery store. The recipe will easily feed a family of 4 to 6.

  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and chunked
  • 2 small carrots, sliced
  • 1 green bell green pepper, chunked
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-2 stalks of celery, sliced into 1/4-1/2" pieces
  • 1 small red delicious apple, peeled and chunked
  • 1 small turnip, chunked
  • 1 (14-oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14-oz) can green peas, drained
  • 64 oz V8 (or other brand) 100% vegetable juice
  • 1 lb. beef chuck roast
  • 1 can beef broth or 2 cups water with dissolved beef bouillon*
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • Salt to taste

* May use more broth as needed.


The meat can be prepared however you prefer, but my mother used a pressure cooker for her soup; and indeed, it produces a very tender meat.

  1. Place the chuck roast in the pressure cooker with water. Cook for 20-30 minutes. Remove any fat and cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables and apple (peeling, chunking, or slicing as directed). Add to the stockpot with canned or frozen vegetables.
  3. Add in vegetable juice and beef broth (or water with bouillon) and stir in seasons. Bring to a full boil then reduce heat to medium.
  4. Add meat once it has finished cooking in the pressure cooker. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes.

As kids, we had a bowl of this soup accompanied by saltine crackers and a slice or two of cheddar cheese.

Not all vegetable soups are the same!

© 2008 Ruth Coffee

Homemade Vegetable Soup: Let us know you stopped by!

jknake lm on August 09, 2013:

Love your recipes. I make my vegetable soup with ground beef and V-8 juice. It's known in some places as Hamburger Soup. Enjoyed your lens.

paynui on July 29, 2013:

Nothing better than a good vegetable soup made from those grown in your own veggie patch.

hereandnow on April 04, 2013:

I think soup is the perfect food. I agree with Jogalog about using up whatever is in your cupboard and fridge. I usually read recipes like yours and mix it up to fit my ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

Jogalog on March 05, 2013:

I love making homemade vegetable soup. It's never the same when I make it though - it just depends on what I have in the kitchen cupboards and fridge.

kabbalah lm on March 03, 2013:

Nothing like homemade

pericaluic on February 06, 2013:


Karamerica on February 05, 2013:

I'd like to try adding clams! What do you think?

vilara2010 on February 01, 2013:

Great lens....soup is good for health

reggar on January 26, 2013:

Great lens! I got caught up in the recipes. You've thought of everything from pots to cookbooks and the viewers' voting opinion. Great job. I'm hungry.

anonymous on January 20, 2013:

I was reading some of Squidoo's information and your lens was mentioned. I simply came over to look it over but got caught up with all your recipe suggestions. Thank you!

nanafisher on January 16, 2013:

great lens!!!!!

makorip lm on January 15, 2013:

Really tasty lens, definitely going to make this!

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on January 15, 2013:

I love making soup, no two of mine are the same, it's usually whatever is in the frig or freezer. But, I have never heard of putting apples in the soup. I wonder if you can use applesauce, as I have an overabundance of the stuff.

Aibrean82 on January 13, 2013:

I am definitely going to try this!

imagelist lm on December 23, 2012:

Great info thanks...

sarita from Hisar on December 17, 2012:

wow. i will definitely try it out..

LifestyleNetwork on December 14, 2012:

soup? indeed tasty, and the best healthy option for a busy life, always on the go...

anonymous on December 12, 2012:

A great recipe.

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

My mouth is salivating for how good it is this soup. mmmhh!

asianfun on December 01, 2012:

the Fagor Splendid 10-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner looks good don't you think?

asianfun on December 01, 2012:

the Fagor Splendid 10-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner looks good dont you think?

SYC2002 on November 22, 2012:

Thanks... after reading your lens, I guess I am falling in love with Homemade Vegetable Soup. I will tell my wife about this lens.

Marilyn Briant on November 22, 2012:

I just love to make soup too - its so easy to prepare and so delicious as a meal with a nice hunk of whole grain baguette!

Didijudy from Canada on November 21, 2012:

It is such a healthy soup. They are all tasty! Great lens!

TechInfoHQ on November 20, 2012:

Great, I will try this.

Mool-Manoj-Khatri on November 20, 2012:

What a Homemade Vegetable Soup. . . . very very yummy. ;-)

sheehana on November 17, 2012:

Great lens

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 16, 2012:

I love homemade soup.. Really nice lens!

Auriel on November 14, 2012:

yummy recipe.

mistaben on November 10, 2012:

This is a yummy soup! Many thanks for a fantastic recipe.

musicah123 on November 05, 2012:

I really enjoy homemade soup and your vegetable soup sounds absolutely terrific. The wide variety of different vegetables is just perfect for me. The recipe is simple enough for everyone and I'm sure great tasting as well.

montanatravel52 on October 31, 2012:

Now that winter is fast approaching, this is an awesome idea, and healthy for the kids, thanks for the idea and recipe(s), and a fun read!

Essentially Ind on October 30, 2012:

yummmmmmmmmy Lens. Thank you for sharing .......:)

healthyandtasty on October 28, 2012:

Looks really Yummy!

OurFoodRecipes LM on October 22, 2012:

great "soup" lense...very informative. Thanks

DecoratingMom411 on October 20, 2012:

It seems that the recipe given is very nutritious and good for all ages! I'll surely try to cook that because it looks so delicious! Great lens!

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

This sounds delicious! Thanks for a great lens :)

Paula7928 on October 16, 2012:

Great lens! I love homemade vegetable soup.

kuadal on October 14, 2012:

i looks yummy , bookmark for some experiment

mariacarbonara on October 10, 2012:

I will be bookmarking this and making this at the weekend! thanks!

resurrection7 on October 07, 2012:

I love soup.... and this looks great!

Allison Whitehead on October 03, 2012:

Great lens. I love homemade soup, whatever type it is.

anonymous on October 02, 2012:

wow nice lens i just love soups thay are tasty and healthy

bossypants on October 01, 2012:

Nothing says love like homemade soup. My mom, by her own admission, wasn't much of a cook, but she made a vegetable beef soup I remember fondly, as well. Enjoyed reading about your soup memories. Very generous of you to share a family heirloom recipe!

spids1 on September 30, 2012:

great lens love this!

yesblogger lm on September 29, 2012:

looks tasty.......

thememorybooksh1 on September 29, 2012:

Very Nice recipe, i will try it..

radhanathswamifan on September 28, 2012:

May be I could try without onion.. we don't take onions...

Glenn143 on September 24, 2012:

Soup back in my city is an all season dish so going to try this out the coming weekend.

Glenn143 on September 24, 2012:

Soup back in my city is an all season dish so going to try this out the coming weekend.

randomthings lm on September 20, 2012:

Sounds good...even though it's morning... YUM

Cath1125 on September 20, 2012:

These look so lovely. My daughter is so looking forward to the winter so she can have lovely soups. I will be using your recipes. Nice Lense :)

HannahnMe LM on September 18, 2012:

These recipes look so good, I saved them! Can't wait for the 1st cold day to try them. Thank you,


anonymous on September 18, 2012:

We love soups in our family. Great recipes!

koushikab on September 18, 2012:

Thanks a lot, that is really awesome, nothing is much healthy than homemade food. And also thanks for the guide lines.

sweetstickyrainbo on September 17, 2012:

good and good for you!

spids1 on September 15, 2012:

Great lens very well written.

blujeanmomma from Rocky Mountains on September 15, 2012:

Sounds very yummy. With the weather on it's way making a pot of soup sounds wonderful.

Hannah Writes on September 14, 2012:

I make homemade soup all winter long. I am bookmarking this recipe!

OMENA777 on September 12, 2012:

Thanks for your lens. I love soups in winter.

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Hello mulberry. You have a great lens! Can't wait to try this now it should start getting colder.

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Magietha du Plessis from South Africa on September 11, 2012:

In South Africa soup is very popular and we always add meat. Most of the time the recipe is whatever you have in the house.

victoriahaneveer on September 10, 2012:

Beef veggie soup, yum!

KayeSI on September 09, 2012:

Chicken vegetable soup is wonderful when younorna loved one are sick - we add extra garlic and mild chili powder to help fight the nasty germs!

sherioz on September 08, 2012:

There is nothing like homemade vegie soup.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on September 08, 2012:

Great recipes, blessed and added to my lens..Squid Angel flinnie.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on September 08, 2012:

I make my own soup all the time, yummy.

poutine on September 08, 2012:

I love making my own soups.

Amystuwart on September 07, 2012:

Thanks for the recipes, my children loved them

JesusDensford on September 07, 2012:

Looks delicioso!

Sunflower2423 on September 04, 2012:

Nice lens. This homemade vegetable soup looks yummy! homemade seems to taste so much better. I will have to try and make this. I am sure it will taste yummy.

molhambakir lm on September 03, 2012:

ughhhh so testy XD

Jogalog on August 31, 2012:

I love homemade soup for lunch in winter. It's soon going to be soup season here as it's feeling chilly today.

renoveau on August 30, 2012:

This sounds delicious!

ElisaHenken on August 30, 2012:


Elaine Chen on August 30, 2012:

will share this lens with my best friend who likes cooking, thanks

anonymous on August 30, 2012:

Great recipe but I will omit the beef and bouillon. I think a vegetable stock cube will be good instead.

KhairuZiya on August 28, 2012:

great lens, look as delicious

MintySea on August 28, 2012:

I liked Vegetable Soup with tomato based with stars

vinodkpillai lm on August 28, 2012:

I love clear vegetable soup.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on August 27, 2012:

I love vegetable soup - and there are so many options... Thanks for your great recipes!

Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on August 27, 2012:

Bring on the fall! Blessed!

tobydavis on August 26, 2012:

Yummy lens - looove vegetable soup :-)

Ann Hinds from So Cal on August 26, 2012:

Yummy! Blessed

kgdunst on August 25, 2012:

Homemade soup is also a pot of love from the family :)

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on August 25, 2012:

My favorite vegetable soup is homemade minestrone with not too many noodles. This sounds very like the soup my mom used to make as well. Perfect for a fall day.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on August 24, 2012:

I like cooking my soup in the crockpot on a brisk day in the fall or winter. Blessed~

coolmon2009 lm on August 23, 2012:

Nice recipe, I will bookmark this lens

countsquid on August 22, 2012:

for me, homemade item appear more healthier than in commercial stores

countsquid on August 22, 2012:

for me, homemade item appear more healthier than in commercial stores

Alana-r on August 22, 2012:

Vegetable soup is my favorite, this looks yummy. Great Lens!

ingridpalmer on August 21, 2012:

I love vegetable soup. I cook soup every Saturday and like to try different varieties. Love chicken vegetable soup.

AJ from Australia on August 09, 2012:

It is a little chilly here today, making your homemade vegetable soup even more appetising.

anonymous on August 09, 2012:

Excellent recipe. Thanks.

acneanswers on July 27, 2012:

delicious recipe. I'll give it a try once the summer is over.

anonymous on July 25, 2012:

I had forgotten how wonderful home made vegetable soup was. Used to make it myself in the crock pot and let it go, and people would just come by and dip some out as the desire hit them. Thanks! Will have to get back to this!

Onemargaret LM on July 25, 2012:

I use plenty of white potatoes in my vegetable soup. Love me some potatoes!

CristianStan on July 22, 2012:

I'm not really one for lots of vegetables, but the best thing about soups is that you can add other ingredients to make it taste better. Beef, pork, chicken, chicken or beef broth, and that's great!

sanchanps on July 19, 2012:

It's very healthy, and I would like to have a try. Thank you for sharing.


peggygallyot on July 18, 2012:

Intoo make vegetable soup but not always with beef in it.

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