Spring Vegetable Soup

Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • ½ cup chopped fennel

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 14.5 ounce cans vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth (5 1/4 cups)

  • 1 ½ pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups)

  • 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (2 1/2 cups)

  • 3 medium roma tomatoes, choppped (1 cup)

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • Shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • Snipped fresh basil (optional)


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, fennel, and garlic; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is tender and starts to caramelize, stirring frequently. Stir in vegetable broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in asparagus, zucchini, and tomatoes. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 5 minutes more or just until zucchini is tender. Stir in the 2 tablespoons basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and additional basil.

    Spring Vegetable Soup
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Winter Vegetable Soup:

Prepare Spring Vegetable Soup as directed through Step 1. In Step 2 substitute 2 cups 1-inch potato cubes and 2 cups peeled 1-inch butternut squash cubes for the asparagus. Substitute 1 cup thinly sliced carrots for the zucchini. Omit the tomatoes. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Substitute fresh oregano or thyme for the basil. Nutrition analysis per serving: 123 calories, 2 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 5 g total sugar, 139% Vitamin A, 27% Vitamin C, 818 mg sodium, 5% calcium, 4% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

104 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 809mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 22.4mg 112%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 528mg 11%
Folate, total 82.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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