Hearty Vegan Veggie Soup in Three Stunningly Simple Steps (plus non-vegan tortellini option)

27 Apr

Is everyone’s family as kooky as mine? Wait, don’t answer that.

But truly, when I look at how many different dishes we sometimes have at the same table, I do feel like we are more diner than family-style when it comes to meals. There’s  my dad with the tattered but still crazy vegan diet that says you shouldn’t combine vegetables that grow above ground and below ground in the same meal (wtf?), my child who eats well, but rejects most soups and has a limited vegetable acceptability quotient; my mom who likes what she likes when she likes it and is not always easy to predict, and me, who eats mostly salad and picks at everyone else’s when she doesn’t really mean to and then complains about weight management. Four people, four different meals.


But then, sometimes you hit on something that is one dish that everyone can eat and modify to their liking.

The vegan vegetable soup base

The vegan vegetable soup base

Thus this soup, which can be done in three and a half simple steps. Chop onion and garlic. Saute. Throw everything else into the pot. Serve. The tortellini option simply involves either cooking the tortellini in the broth for everyone, or cooking the tortellini separately and adding it to the bowls of whomever would like to indulge. I think that’s 3.5. Anyway, easy.

A grating of parmigiano reggiano or grana padano finishes this soup admirably. Vegans can try nutritional yeast!

A grating of parmigiano reggiano or grana padano finishes this soup admirably. Vegans can try nutritional yeast!

So the happy result was that the dad enjoyed vegan vegetable soup ( despite the up-down nonsense), the mom and I had soup with a few tortellini, and the little guy had mostly tortellini, bathed in vegetable soup! Three-and-a-half steps, four happy people!

Leandro's was more tortellini than soup, but we are making progress!

Leandro’s was more tortellini than soup, but we are making progress!

Simple and Hearty Vegan Vegetable Soup, with non-vegan Tortellini option

(click here for making Found Veggie Stock)

2 Tbs olive oil

½ onion, peeled and minced fine (between ¼ and ½ Cup)

4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced fine (about 1 Tbs)

2 quarts cooking liquid (a mix of vegetable stock, low sodium vegetable juice such as V-8, and water if you need to add liquid)

1 lb mixed frozen veggies (peas, corn, and carrots works well, as does summer squash mix. Avoid pre-seasoned blends)

2 Tbs mixed fresh herbs, chopped (your preferred blend of parsley/cilantro/basil/oregano) or 1 Tbs dry

½ tsp salt

(optional 13 oz. cheese tortellini and grated cheese for serving)

If using the tortellini, either cook according to package directions separately and then add to soup at the end OR add uncooked tortellini when indicated in the following instructions.

In a soup pot, heat olive oil at medium high until fragrant. Add onions, stir to coat, then add garlic and lower heat immediately to low. Sauté until vegetables are tender and translucent (about five minutes).

Add all other ingredients  — including uncooked tortellini if using – return to boil, then lower to a lively simmer for about 15 minutes until tortellini is cooked. If using uncooked pasta, wait five minutes and then add when you have about 10 minutes left before serving. Previously cooked tortellini and pasta can be added just before serving to warm through, or in just the bowls of those who want them. Serve sprinkled with parmigiano reggiano or other grating cheese.


11 Responses to “Hearty Vegan Veggie Soup in Three Stunningly Simple Steps (plus non-vegan tortellini option)”

  1. kathryningrid May 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Amazing how complicated it’s gotten to feed even the smallest and most well-known of groups anymore. So lovely to find a meeting place at the table when we can!!! Well done. 🙂

  2. lucylox April 28, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    looks too delicious for words 🙂

  3. Karen April 28, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Congratulations in making everyone happy. Above and below the ground not mixed together…that is a new one for me.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy April 28, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Yeah, that diet of his is pretty nuts. We call it the crazy-ass diet around here! Fortunately, he is not being so strict anymore. And with all the new studies out on the relationship between eating animal products and heart disease…I may have to admit there is some logic to a regular vegan diet (without the up and down thing). Mind you, I will be very reluctant to admit that…

  4. twbarritt April 28, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Great! A dish that offers something for everyone!

  5. Lorraine April 28, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    how to make a simple vegetable stock of your own?

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy April 28, 2013 at 7:01 am #

      Thanks for the suggestion, Lorraine. I updated the post to include a link to Found Vegetable Stock…the way I make sure I don’t waste vegetable scraps and always have natural, salt free veggie stock on hand!

  6. Mad Dog April 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    4 in 1 – excellent! I can’t believe your dad is still on that diet 🙂

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