Make Your Own: Soup


Onion + Vegetables + Protein + Grain + Broth + Seasoning

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  • 1 medium (chopped) onion

Vegetables (2–3 cups chopped)

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Green Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Squash
  • Zucchini

Protein – select ONE

  • 1 (16 ounce) can of beans (pinto, kidney, black or white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound COOKED lean ground beef, chicken, ham or sausage
  • 1 (16 ounce) can beef, chicken or ham

Grain or Starchy Vegetable – select ONE

  • 3–4 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans of beans (pinto, kidney, black or white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounces uncooked whole grain egg noodles, macaroni or other pasta
  • ½ cup uncooked brown rice

Broth or Base – will need 4 cups (1 quart); select ONE

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans low sodium vegetable, chicken or beef broth
  • 4 cups water and low sodium vegetable, chicken or beef bouillon
  • 1 can crushed on diced tomatoes and 2–3 cups water

Seasonings – select one or more

  • 2–3 teaspoons dried herbs (oregano, basil, cumin, thyme, rosemary or parsley)
  • Bay leaf
  • 2–4 tablespoons fresh herbs
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Select food(s) from each category above. Start with 1 medium (chopped) onion cooked in ¼ cup water or broth until slightly browned. Add vegetables and protein. Add remaining ingredients (except fresh herbs).
  2. Partially cover pot and simmer until grains and vegetables are tender (about 20–30 minutes). Add fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer another 5 minutes.


Recipe from Utah State University Extension’s Food Sen$e Program