Basic Vegetable Soup

basic vegetable soup

No New Year's resolutions for me in 2015. Instead, I want to keep doing things that I enjoy and do them even better. For instance, I like photography. I bought my first Nikon when I was about 20 yrs old. I always liked it as a hobby and never took any classes. Over the years I have taken thousands of pictures and my passion for it has steadily grown. I'm at the point where I want to really work on my photography and take better pictures in 2015. That is my goal and I will be practicing more this year, as well as maybe take a course.

Another goal is to go back to cooking from cookbooks. I remember when I was young I used to spend hours flipping through cookbooks and baking from them. Since the internet came along I've become a bit lazy and instead of opening a cookbook when I want to try a new recipe, I simply search for inspiration on various websites and blogs. I own over 200 cookbooks, some have amazing recipes, I should try to open a different one every week and choose a recipe to make. I will at least continue to read them as novels this year.

My blog started out as a food blog in 2006. It has evolved throughout the years. I might add more travel pictures this year because it's one of my biggest passions. I am always inspired by bloggers that also show us their amazing travels. 

Now I am sharing a Basic Vegetable Soup that I survived on in the past few weeks. I started to be very sick with a bad cold on December 26, to the point that I did not visit my family on New Year's Eve. This is a very basic soup recipe but it's delicious. It's not only good when you are sick but also when it's cold outside like today.


4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 onion, diced
2-3 celery ribs, diced
2-3 carrots, cut in big chunks
1 cup rutabaga, cut in big chunks
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp butter
1 bay leaf
1 whole clove 

1- In a large pot melt the butter with oil.
2- Add the onion, cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, stirring often. Add the celery, carrots, rutabaga and sauté 30 seconds.
3- Add the chicken broth, water, bay leaf, whole clove. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 45 minutes.
4- Remove the big chucks of carrots and rutabaga from the pot. Mash and return in the pot.
5- Cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese on top.



  1. Perfect for the winter months; simple but a great classic :)

  2. i could so use a bowl of this on this surprisingly cold texas day:)

  3. This looks so yummy on this bitter cold day. Pinned so I can make it soon!

    1. Thanks, we need couple bowls today to stay warm.

  4. Agreed that this looks perfect. I have a similar recipe but I add some tortellini to it. I guess that changes it some. Also - I've never cooked with rutabega - as is probably visible by my incorrect spelling - rutebega? Rutabaga? Ah! :)

    1. Great idea to add tortellini, I should try next time. I love rutabaga, I even make a mashed potatoes with rutabaga and carrots. It's delicious!

  5. it may be basic, but it'd definitely warm you to your bones. tasty and nutritious too!

  6. Sometimes it's nice to go back to basic in the kitchen!

  7. Can easily adapt for vegan too! Sometimes basic is the best.

  8. This looks perfect for the cold snap we are having right now! I'm with you on the cookbooks. While I love reading and searching for recipes online, there is nothing like flipping through a good old cookbook. I like to do it before bed :-).

  9. Working on photography, that's a good one. Need to do that too! Nothing beats soup when you're sick, right? Hope you're all mended up!

  10. Your broth came out so clear! Mine always gets a bit cloudy, but I'm not sure why.

  11. Yum! That's a great photo too!

  12. I alway enjoy making my own vegetable soups. I've never tried rutabaga before ... is this the hard root vegetable that is hard to cut?

  13. I love this soup - I never tried rutabaga in soup before, cool! Also a little bit of clove very intriguing!!! A must do!

  14. I often make vegetable soup, but I haven't tried using rutabaga. Thanks for the recipe - soup is such a great winter food.

  15. This sounds quite hearty even though it is vegetable-based. My little guys would love it.


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