Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup is a common soup prepared using vegetables and leaf vegetables as primary ingredients. It dates to ancient history, and is a mass-produced food product in contemporary times.

A vegetable and noodle soup being cooked


Cream of spinach soup
Kesäkeitto, a Finnish vegetable soup with boiled potatoes and vegetables in a small amount of water, milk and butter

Vegetable soup is prepared using vegetables, leafy greens, mushrooms, and roots as main ingredients. Some fruits, such as tomato and squash, are considered vegetables in such a context.[1] Vegetable soup can be prepared as a stock- or cream-based soup.[2][3] Basic ingredients in addition to vegetables can include beans and legumes, grains, tofu, noodles and pasta, vegetable broth or stock, milk, cream, water, olive or vegetable oil, seasonings, salt and pepper, among myriad others.[4][5][6][7] Some vegetable soups are pureed and run through a sieve, straining them to create a smooth texture.[8] It is typically served hot, although some, such as gazpacho, are typically served cold.[9] Vegetable soup is sometimes served as a starter or appetizer dish.[10]

Vegetable soup is mass-produced in canned, frozen, dried, powdered, and instant varieties.[11][12][13][14]


Vegetable soup dates to ancient history. A 5th-century Roman cookbook included a recipe for "a forerunner of onion soup."[15] Broth is mentioned by approximately the year 1000 and potage by the 1400s.[16] Clifford Wright has stated that cabbage soup was important in medieval Italian cuisine.[17]

In central Appalachia, vegetable soup, also referred to as winter vegetable soup and country soup, is a traditional staple food and common dish during the months of December–February among Appalachian highlanders.[18]

See also


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  5. "Recipe for roasted winter vegetable soup with parsley pesto and cheese toasts". The Boston Globe.
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  13. Wang, Rui; Zhang, Min; Mujumdar, Arun S. (1 September 2010). "Effect of food ingredient on microwave freeze drying of instant vegetable soup". LWT - Food Science and Technology. 43 (7): 1144–1150. doi:10.1016/j.lwt.2010.03.007.
  14. Cramwinckel, A.B.; Bokslag, D.M. van Mazijk -; Herstel, H. (1 January 1990). "Chemisch, microscopisch en sensorisch onderzoek van veertig monsters groentesoep". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  15. The Story of Food: An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat. Penguin. 2018. p. 62. ISBN 9781465494788.
  16. Clarkson, Janet (2010). Soup: A Global History. Reaktion Books. ISBN 9781861898906.
  17. Rumble, Victoria R. (2009). Soup Through the Ages: A Culinary History with Period Recipes. McFarland. ISBN 9780786453900.
  18. Sohn, Mark (28 October 2005). Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, and Recipes. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813191539 via Google Books.
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