Vegetable Soup (Clear Soup)

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A Vegetable Soup recipe is so healthy and there are so many ways you can make them. Get cooking two easy classic nutritious recipes of vegetable soup loaded with mixed veggies and high on flavors. I share a Veg Clear Soup (easy and gluten-free) with video and a Mixed Veggie Soup with Moong Sprouts (low-fat and with soy sauce).

vegetable soup in a black bowl with a wooden soup spoon with some veggies on it in the bowl on a wooden board

1. About Clear Soup

This is a very simple and fuss-free recipe to make a clear soup that is light, healthy and nutritious. It is also gluten-free and vegan.

Generally I do not use any vegetable stock to make soup – it may or may not be there. Not all of us have a veggie stock handy.

I usually keep the seasonings in the veg clear soup to a minimal, so that the taste and flavors of the mixed vegetables do not get subdued in the recipe. So there are no strong flavored spiced elements in this soup.

Just a bit of ginger, garlic, black pepper and nutmeg is added for that hint of warmth and spice. You can even add a bit of soy sauce to get an umami flavor in this clear vegetable soup.

Tips

Ingredients and Variations

  • Vegetables: Use veggies of your choice or any spare veggie that you have in your fridge or pantry. Usually, I make this clear veg soup with cabbage or Chinese cabbage or bok choy, carrots, beans, sweet corn and mushrooms.

    Make sure to add the veggies that take a longer time to cook first, followed by vegetables that cook faster. Note that the soup will take on the flavors of the veggies that you add.
  • Add Protein: You can even add some tofu cubes or seitan in the soup for a plant-based protein content.
  • Herbs: Include any dried or fresh herbs you have. Celery is a good addition if you have it. Whenever I make soups, I include any herbs that I have. Flavor the soup with your choice of herbs and spices according to your liking.
  • Seasonings: To give a slight kick of heat in the veg clear soup add a bit of red chilli sauce or sriracha sauce. For a umami flavor, add soy sauce or tamari.
Step-by-Step Guide

1. How to make Clear Vegetable Soup

Sauté Aromatics

1. In a pan or pot, take 1 tablespoon oil. You can use olive oil or sunflower oil. You can also use butter.

Add ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic and ¾ teaspoon finely chopped ginger.

chopped garlic and ginger in a pan

2. Sauté until the raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away. Sauté for some seconds, but do not brown them.

sauteing ginger garlic

3. Then add ¼ cup chopped spring onions (scallions). You can also add chopped onions or shallots instead of spring onions.

Sauté until translucent. You can also add ½ teaspoon chopped celery at this step like shown in the video.

chopped spring onions in the pan

Sauté Vegetables

4. Now add ½ cup finely chopped cabbage, ⅓ cup finely chopped carrots, ¼ to ⅓ cup finely chopped capsicum and ¼ cup finely chopped french beans.

mix vegetables in the pan

5. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on medium-low heat.

saute vegetables

Add Water and Seasonings

6. Then add 3 cups water. If you have Homemade Vegetable Stock, you can add it at this point instead of the water.

added water to the pan

7. Season with ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or according to your taste.

added black pepper powder

8. Season with salt as needed.

added salt

9. Grate about a pinch of nutmeg in the soup.

added nutmeg

10. Mix very well.

mix the vegetable soup mixture

Cook Veggies

11. Cover the pan and simmer the clear soup on a low to medium heat until the veggies are almost done. Some crunch in the veggies tastes good. So do not cook the veggies completely or make them mushy.

If using mushrooms or potatoes or cauliflower then you will have to cook the veggies until they are done. Basically, it depends on the type of veggies you will add in this clear soup recipe.

TIP: Add the veggies that take a longer time to cook first (like carrots, green beans, cauliflower) and cook them for some minutes. Then add the vegetables (like broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers) that cook faster and continue to simmer..

cooking vegetable soup

12. Garnish the clear vegetable soup with some chopped spring onion greens or any fresh herbs or chives. Enjoy clear soup hot or warm.

vegetable soup in a black bowl with a wooden soup spoon with some veggies on it in the bowl on a wooden board

Serving Suggestions

You can drink the clear vegetable soup as it is or pair it with a side of a crusty bread or some toasts.

The clear soup can also be paired as a starter or side with an American, French or Italian main course.

Storage and Leftovers

Store the soup in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or freeze for a month without adding the garnish of spring onions.

Reheat in a saucepan until hot and while serving garnish with fresh herbs or scallion greens.

2. About Mixed Veggie Soup

This easy mixed vegetable soup recipe is the way I make Tibetan Thukpa (which is a Tibetan soup) without noodles. Of course my version is a vegetarian and vegan version of the Tibetan Thukpa.

Noodles makes this soup more filling and hearty. Not all times I have noodles in the pantry and the craving for a soup can strike any time.

These are the occasions when I often end up making this delish, light, warm and nutritious soup vegetable soup minus the noodles.

mix vegetable soup in a cream colored ceramic mug with a ceramic spoon inside the bowl on a checkered green, white, blue napkin

I also add some tofu or mung bean sprouts. When I made the recipe, I had some sprouts, so I added them.

Moong sprouts give a good taste and texture in the soup. Though if you don’t have moong bean sprouts, you can just skip them or you can add tofu if you prefer.

It is comforting to have this soup during winters or monsoons. The recipe is also low-fat and vegan.

This vegetable soup is also a good way to use leftover veggies from your pantry. Simply add whatever veggies you have and you get a hearty bowl of soup.

The flavor and taste of the mixed veg soup will depend on the vegetables you add. So you can add veggies of your choice.

I personally prefer to add veggies like carrots, cabbage, french beans, broccoli, onions and mushrooms.

Step-by-Step Guide

2. Step-by-Step Mixed Veggie Soup

Prep Your Veggies

1. First chop all the veggies – I added carrots, french beans, red cabbage, button mushrooms and red bell pepper. About 1.5 to 2 cups chopped mix vegetables.

chopped mix vegetables

Sauté Onions and Garlic

2. Heat 1 tablespoons oil in a pan. Add ¼ cup chopped onions and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic.

You can use a neutral oil to make the soup. Toasted sesame oil is also a good option.

sauteing onion garlic in a pan

3. Sauté until the onions soften and turn translucent.

sauteing onions in the pan

Sauté Mixed Veggies

4. Then add the chopped mix veggies and celery.

added mix vegetables to the pan

5. Mix well.

mix the veggie mixture

6. Saute on a medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.

saute mix vegetables

Add Moong Bean Sprouts

7. Add ⅓ cup moong sprouts and stir well. Sauté for 2 minutes.

added moong sprouts

Add Seasonings and Water

8. Add 3 cups of water.

added water

9. Add 2 teaspoon soy sauce. You can add more if you prefer.

added soy sauce

10. Then add salt as required.

added salt as required

11. Add ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper or as required.

added black pepper

Making Vegetable Soup

12. Stir well. Cover the pan and simmer the soup for 10 to 11 minutes on a low to medium heat.

If you want to add tofu, add it when the soup is cooked and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

simmer the soup

13. Once the veggies are tender, check the seasonings and add more salt or black pepper if needed.

simmer the soup

14. Serve the vegan vegetable soup hot or warm. You can garnish with some fresh herbs if you like.

The soup can be had as it is or add some some boiled noodles or steamed rice into it for a filling, hearty soup.

mix vegetable soup in a cream colored ceramic mug placed on top of ceramic plate and a ceramic spoon by side

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Vegetable Soup (Clear Soup)

A clear vegetable soup that is easy and made in one-pot without stock. Loaded with vegetables this vegetable soup is light, healthy and nutritious. The recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
4.87 from 30 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine World
Course Appetizers
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

Veggies

  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • ¼ cup chopped spring onions or onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped cabbage
  • cup finely chopped carrots
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup finely chopped capsicum (green bell pepper)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped french beans

Other ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil – can use olive oil or sunflower oil, can also use butter
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper or add as required
  • 1 generous pinch grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped spring onion greens – for garnish

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Finely chop a bit of garlic and ginger. Measure and set them aside.
  • Also finely chop the vegetables you are going to add in the soup. I have used spring onions, cabbage, carrots, capsicum and french beans. You can add around 1.5 cups of finely chopped veggies of your choice.

Sautéing aromatics

  • In a pan or pot, take 1 tablespoon oil. You can use olive oil or sesame oil or sunflower oil. You can also use butter. Add ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic and ¾ teaspoon finely chopped ginger.
  • Sauté for a few seconds until the raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away. Do not brown them.
  • Then add the chopped spring onions or onions. Sauté until translucent stirring often. You can also add ½ teaspoon chopped celery at this step.

Sautéing veggies

  • Now add finely chopped cabbage, carrots, capsicum and french beans.
  • Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on low to medium heat. 

Simmering soup

  • Add 3 cups water. Season with ground black pepper powder, salt and grated nutmeg.
  • Mix well. Cover the pan and simmer the clear soup on a low to medium heat until the veggies are almost tender. 
  • Some crunch in the veggies taste good. So do not cook the veggies completely. 
  • If using mushrooms or potatoes or cauliflower then you will have to cook the veggies until they are cooked well.
  • Garnish with some chopped spring onion greens and serve clear vegetable soup hot.

Serving suggestions

  • You can drink the clear vegetable soup as it is or pair it with a side of a crusty bread or some toasts.
  • The clear soup can also be paired as a starter or side with an American, French or Italian main course.

Storage and Leftovers

  • Store the soup in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or freeze for a month without adding the garnish of spring onions.
  • Reheat in a saucepan until hot and while serving garnish with fresh herbs or scallion greens.

Video

Notes

Vegetables: Add your favorite veggies or use veggies that you have in your fridge or pantry. Some veggies might make the soup cloudy, but that is fine unless you are looking for a clear soup. I make this veg soup with vegetables like cabbage or Chinese cabbage or bok choy, carrots, beans, sweet corn and mushrooms. Do note to add the veggies that take a longer time to cook first, followed by vegetables that cook faster.
Make it Protein-rich: To add some plant-based protein in the soup, opt for tofu or seitan.
Herbs: Add any dried or fresh herbs you have. Celery is a great addition and do add if you have it in your pantry. I add herbs that I have when I make this soup. Flavor the soup with your choice of herbs and spices according to your liking. 1 tablespoon of fresh herb = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. 
Seasonings: For a slight kick of heat in the soup add a bit of red chilli sauce or sriracha sauce. To get an umami flavor, add soy sauce or tamari.
Scaling: This veg soup recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Vegetable Soup (Clear Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 621mg27%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 3901IU78%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 52µg50%
Calcium 47mg5%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 28µg7%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 18mg5%
Phosphorus 30mg3%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mixed Veggie Soup

A light, comforting and healthy veggie soup made with mixed vegetables, button mushrooms and moong bean sprouts seasoned with soy sauce and black pepper.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine World
Course Starters
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil – any neutral oil or toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions or 1 small onion – spring onions can be swapped with onions
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped celery (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ½ cup sliced button mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped capsicum (bell pepper) – red or green or yellow
  • ¼ cup finely chopped french beans
  • cup moong sprouts – optional
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt as required

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Rinse and shred the cabbage.
  • Rinse, wipe and then slice the mushrooms. Chop the bell pepper.
  • Rinse and finely chop the french beans. Also finely chop the onions and garlic.

Sautéing

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until the onions are translucent on medium-low to medium heat.
  • Then add the chopped mix veggies and celery. Stir well and sauté on a medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the moong sprouts and mix well. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add water and combine. Then add soy sauce, black pepper and salt. Mix again.

Making vegetable soup

  • Cover the pan and simmer the soup for 10 to 11 minutes on a low to medium heat.
  • Then check the seasonings and add more salt or black pepper if needed.
  • Serve the nutritious mixed vegetable soup as it is or accompanied with some boiled noodles or steamed rice. You can garnish with some fresh herbs if you prefer.

Notes

  • Adding moong sprouts is optional.
  • You can add vegetables that you prefer. 
  • Soy sauce can be omitted. For a gluten-free soup, add tamari instead of soy sauce. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Mixed Veggie Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 974mg42%
Potassium 504mg14%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 6106IU122%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 48mg58%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 4mg27%
Vitamin K 121µg115%
Calcium 82mg8%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 68µg17%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 37mg9%
Phosphorus 90mg9%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe post is from the archives (Dec 2016) and has been republished and updated on 21 March 2021.

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  1. You are the best on the internet . I am definitely going to try this.
    Can you make a chapter for food and also for healthy weight gain?
    Also, Sattvic food recipes and dishes. Please. 🙏5 stars

    1. hi antora, yes the soup can be frozen. you can increase the proportions. make a large batch and then freeze. welcome.

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