Garden Vegetable Soup

269 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofAlton Brown

Total: 1 hr 25 min Prep: 40 min Cook: 45 min

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Level: Intermediate



  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped leeks, white part only (from approximately 3 medium leeks)
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds (approximately 2 medium)
  • 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with kosher salt. Serve immediately.

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Show: Good Eats
Episode: Soups On

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269 Ratings

Patty C.
I followed the recipe as is except I added chopped celery and used canned chopped tomatoes with their juice, but after simmering I thought needed a bit more flavor.  I added a can of drained, rinsed dark red kidney beans, a dash of Worcestershire and a pinch of red pepper flakes. I did use vegetable broth but added a chicken bouillon cube.  After the vegetables were tender, I stirred in a tablespoon of basil pesto.  I think the pesto really added a lot of flavor.   See All Reviews Post Review

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