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Vegetable Bean Soup

Side view of Vegetable Bean Soup in a bowl

The neighbor’s daughter came over; she likes to come by and play with Ana – she pretends to be Ana’s mom, and Ana, well, she’s just the one year old that’s happy to see someone that’s not as tall as a building (I’m 5’7, but for her I am the Eiffel Tower Winking smile).

As I was getting things out of the pantry, the six year old neighbor asked, “What are you doing?!?”. I explained to her that I was cleaning out my pantry and that I was about to start working on a veggie soup. “SOUP?! – that’s not food! You guys need to eat pizza!”.

Vegetable Bean Soup in a saucepan

She later came up to me and again asked what I was doing. “Making soup”, I said. “That’s how you make soup?!? That’s not how my Mom does it.”. “How does your Mom do it?”. She went to my pantry, looked through it, turned around and asked me where my red and white cans were. At first I didn’t know what she meant, but after a few clarifications I figured that she was looking for the Campbell’s Soup can. Smile

I told her that unlike her Mommy who works outside of her home, leaves at 6 am, and doesn’t come back until after 6 pm, I stay home where my kitchen is within a few feet of wherever I am, and while Ana naps I have time to go to my kitchen and whip up meals from scratch.

She stayed until I finished with the soup and then asked me if she could have a bowl now, and another one to go.

Overhead view of Vegetable Bean soup in a white bowl

Couple days later her Mom came to tell me that her daughter wanted to eat her carrots, but only if they were cooked by Mrs. P. That girl knows what she likes. Winking smile

Vegetable Bean Soup

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups vegetable stock (you can also use chicken stock or just water)
  • 2 large carrots, sliced crosswise
  • 1 large potato, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a deep stockpot pour in the olive oil and warm it over medium heat.
  • Add in the onions and garlic; season with salt and pepper.
  • Lower the heat and cook it for about ten minutes, or until the onion is soft.

Overhead view of onions and garlic cooking in a saucepan with a wooden spoon

  • Add in the rosemary, thyme, basil, bay leaves, and stir.
  • Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the carrots and potatoes and cook for another ten minutes.
  • Add the pasta, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans, and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes.

Overhead view of Kidney Beans and Garbanzo Beans in a colander

  • Remove it from the heat, stir in a tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and remove the bay leaves.

Close-up view of Vegetable Bean Soup in a white bowl

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41 comments on “Vegetable Bean Soup”

  1. I just made this, And yes I made adjustments from what I had on hand, but regardless, Hats off to you. It takes a great basic reciepe to be able to adjust.

  2. For some reason the potatoes didn’t cook all the way through. Some were raw. Carrots were fine. I followed the recipe exactly too so I just left it for longer on a boil instead. I’m not sure what went wrong here, I don’t know if I’d try it again.

  3. That soup looks so wonderful. I can’t wait to try your recipe, I do make something similar just without the garbanzo beans. I’ll actually have to add it more often to my recipes ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’re neighbor sounds fun ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure she enjoyed that soup a lot!!!

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    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    awwwwwwwww did you absolutely melt when her mom said that!? ahhh so wonderful =) The soup looks great and I loved the story that went with it!

    well played! <3 hehe

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    Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch)

    that’s the most adorable story. Kids really do appreciate good food poor things just aren’t exposed to it much. Lovely soup Kate! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Baking Serendipity

    Too cute! I love the funny things kids say and do. I’d love to stop over and enjoy a bowl of this soup as well ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks delicious and comforting!

  7. OMG, Im grabbing a bowl and coming over. I looove soup – especially one with lots of beans. This looks great.

  8. Cute story! Funny that she thinks soup only comes out of Campbell’s cans! I can see why she like your version so much…it looks delicious. Hearty and healthy!

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    Fresh and Foodie

    This looks hearty and delicious. Perfect for the weather we’re having today in Chicago.

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