Clean-Out-the-Fridge Vegetable Soup


This recipe is purposefully flexible so you can incorporate just about any veggie into it. Top with a dollop of pesto and/or a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Clean-Out-the-Fridge Vegetable Soup
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 3 cups cubed hard vegetables, such as potato, carrot, sweet potato, winter squash, turnip and/or rutabaga

  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

  • 1 cup soft vegetables, such as cubed zucchini or bell pepper, halved green beans, broccoli or cauliflower florets and/or corn kernels

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

  • 1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 cups chopped stemmed dark leafy greens, such as kale or chard

  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, paprika and thyme; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add hard vegetables and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add cabbage and soft vegetables; stir to coat.

  2. Add broth, tomato paste, salt and pepper; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in greens, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Partially cover and cook until the vegetables are soft, 17 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
11g Fat
26g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1¾ cups
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 12637IU 253%
Sodium 513mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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