Green Soup Recipe

January 26, 2015 7 Comments

Green Soup Recipe

Or How I Clean Out My Refrigerator of All Those Aging Vegetables

How often do you look in your refrigerator, pull open the vegetable drawer and notice a whole bunch of green vegetables that are starting to wilt and need to be used soon or tossed out?

We buy vegetables in bulk at farmer’s markets, Costco or in a CSA package in season and often don’t get to use them all up. I don’t like throwing any food out if I can help it but it happens sometimes more often than I like. This green soup recipe is a great way to deal with this problem.

What Ingredients Do I Use For This Recipe?

Vegetable Drawer

The simple answer is any and all vegetables that look like they are on their way out: Spinach, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, green beans, peas, celery, zucchini, leeks and even tomatillos if I have some extras laying around for my Tomatillo Sauce recipe.

Typically I use chicken stock for making this soup but if there’s some leftover beef stock in the refrigerator, I’ll use that too. If I’m making this soup for a vegetarian, I’ll be careful to use just vegetarian stock.

I want to warn you now that I don’t have any measured amounts for this recipe except for the garlic and onion. After that, you are on your own. Doesn’t matter, the soup will taste great and be good for you.  Saying that, I don’t expect you to be throwing any rotten produce into the soup pot and expect good results. Please inspect all vegetables and toss out any that look too funky.

Also, you don’t have to wait until vegetables need to be used up. This soup is delicious so don’t hesitate going out and buying a bunch of fresh ingredients to prepare it.

Green Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Green Soup Recipe


4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 onion, chopped

Stock - chicken, beef, vegetable stock or some combination of the three, enough to cover all the vegetables in the pot.

Salt & pepper, to taste

Vegetables – here are some ideas but use whatever’s on hand or vegetables you prefer.

arugula - asparagus - broccoli - broccoli rabe - Brussels sprouts - celery - cilantro - green beans - kale - leeks - lettuce – red, romaine or green leaf - mushrooms - parsley - peas - snow peas - spinach - sprouts - Swiss chard - zucchini

How To Prepare At Home

Clean and chop all the ingredients you plan to use being careful not to put any ingredients in the pot that are spoiled. Add the garlic and onion too.

Add enough stock to cover all the vegetables plus an inch or two more.

Bring the stock to a boil and immediately lower the heat and simmer all the vegetables for 35 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.

Use a hand blender to puree the stock and vegetables to a desired consistency. You can also use a blender or food processor, just be careful when transferring the hot soup to the processor.

Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve with some crusty French bread.

I have not tried freezing this soup yet because it gets eaten up so quickly but I’m sure it would freeze fine.


Vegetarian Green Soup Recipe

Last modified on Tue 27 January 2015 11:04 am

Comments (7)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Stacy says:

    That’s my kind of soup, Gary! When I’ve got some vegetables that are on their way out, I do one of three things: Omelets, soup or quiche. I can’t bear to waste if it’s possible not to waste.

  2. Michael Poisson says:

    Thank you

  3. This is brilliant! I don’t know why I never thought to do this before. And my kids love soup and pretty much any kind of veggie…I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be a hit here! Thanks for the idea!

  4. Megan Modafferi says:

    As an employed chef for a local upscale resort, I have the luxury of scouring through all of the freshest and finest delectable items each day and getting to good use of what’s left over from big events, or over- stocked in house to provide a unique and exceptional food selection for our employee cafeteria. This creative recipe is a super great find of all that can be combined of which I didn’t know! Plus how it’s easily prepared. A must-try!! Looking forward to serving this wholesome and healthy type of soup ( something similar from our own odds and ends) with our over 1,000 employees in the near future!! Thank you for the very informative website and all these fantastic recipes!

Leave a Reply