Garden Vegetable Soup – Preparing and Canning
This is the best vegetable soup recipe you’ll ever try!
My granny made the best soup around. I’ve never tasted any better. I get pretty close with my recipe. You may be tempted to leave the okra out, but it makes this vegetable soup recipe sing. The okra thickens the soup and brings all the flavors together.
Using fresh vegetables makes all the difference in the world in the flavor. As a bonus, you’ll want to serve this soup with Fried Cornbread. It’s truly amazing. Beware…you’ll need to make a triple batch. The minute you make it, it disappears. It’s just that good!
Below is a close variation on my Granny’s time-tested vegetable soup recipe. I make it with tomatoes fresh from my garden or canned from the last harvest, but grocery-store tomatoes will work just fine, too. You can used canned peeled and crushed tomatoes, and of course, you can omit the dashes of hot sauce if spiciness doesn’t agree with you. Feel free to improvise and adjust this recipe to your family’s taste and what you have on hand, as my Granny often did. Her soup was never exactly the same, but it was always delicious.
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Granny's Garden Vegetable Soup
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 2 pounds okra sliced 1/4 inch thick rounds
- 8-10 tomatoes peeled and crushed
- 3/4 cup butter beans
- 4 ears corn (1 cup) cut off the cob
- 1 tablespoon basil chopped
- 1 tablespoon thyme chopped
- 3 dashes hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 lemon
- In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add celery, onions, and garlic and heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Add okra, tomatoes, beans, corn, basil, thyme, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to the pot. Squeeze the lemon over soup. Add enough water to just cover the soup.
- Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce to simmer. Cover and let simmer for 1 hour.
- Serve immediately with jalapeño cornbread (page 56 of Harvest Cookbook) or use pressure canner method of canning to can this recipe.