This lean, clean eating vegetable soup is a perfect treat for a stormy autumn day. It might be also a great thanksgiving soup but I’m not sure – at first glance it resembles a bit the red kuri squash soup I presented to you two weeks a go. By the way we don’t celebrate thanksgiving in Germany so I can’t share with you any typical, traditional thanksgiving soup recipe.
It is probably as creamy as the pumpkin soup but more orange than yellow in color with a totally different taste. What I especially love about this clean eating vegetable soup is the fact that I have most of its ingredients always in my pantry. I suppose you too? Potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions and garlic, we can’t live without them.
Instead of carrots you can also use of a mixture of other vegetables like leek, pepper, cabbage, broccoli etc. but then don’t be surprised about the color;)
An easy soup recipe in under 35 minutes
For this recipe I wanted to keep it again as simple as possible. Like most of my other clean eating recipes this soup can also be done within half an hour. I set a timer and it took me altogether under 35 minutes from preparing the veggies till serving the soup and I’m not the quickest “potato peeler”.
You just put most of the ingredients in a large pot, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 25 minutes. The last important steps I’ll explain in the directions below. Ok, let’s start.
- 10 oz. /300 g potatoes, cut into medium dice
- 14 oz. /400 g carrots or other veggies, cut into medium dice
- 2 small tomatoes, cut into halves
- 1 yellow onions, cut into halves
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 stalks parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 20 fl. oz. / 600 ml water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pinch cayenne pepper; more to taste
- Put all vegetables in a large pot.
- Add parsley, salt and pepper.
- Add Water.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes.
- Season to taste with more salt and cayenne pepper.
- Puree the soup until smooth with a stand blender, immersion blender, or food processor.
- Stir in the olive oil.
- Adjust with more salt and pepper if necessary.
- Tip: If you're serving the soup as main course, whole meal crusty bread makes a nice side.
Clean eating vegetable soup: make ahead tips
You can refrigerate this creamy soup for 3 days or freeze it for 2 months. The soup will become thicker after freezing. When reheating add some stock or water to thin it out.
Serving healthy soup on Saturdays has a long family tradition
I’m glad that my family shares the passion for soups with me. Eating filling soups for lunch on Saturdays is a not to be missed routine for all of us. We stick to this healthy habit for many years. When my husband comes back from his Saturday errands he always brings with him fresh whole grain bread and Brezeln (Authentic German Pretzels) which we love to dip into the soup.
German Pretzels are made from plain white flour, taste delicious and are far away from being clean. Here again my 80/20 approach to clean eating comes handy. While we stick to whole grain bread for almost all the week it is on Saturdays when we enjoy the delicious white flour “Brezel” along with a clean eating soup. German pretzels have a similar chew to bagels and soaking the soup with them is just delicious.
Vegetable soup & bread a perfect companion
In this context I’ve made a fascinating experience I want to share with you. When I eat “white bread” or “Bretzel” for breakfast I will get hungry again very soon. The plain white flour is causing insulin spikes in my body making me soon hungry again.
This never happens when I eat “white bread” or Bretzel along with a clean eating soup. Obviously the complex carbohydrates from the vegetables keep my body busy and balance out possible insulin spikes through white flour.
Now it’s your turn
I’m curious, how do you serve your clean eating vegetable soup? Have you experienced any difference if you eat it with white bread or whole grain bread? Let me know in the comment section below!
And not to forget…Would you serve such a simple yet delicious soup for thanksgiving or not. If your answer is no, please let me also know why.