Vegetable Soup

What better to serve on a cold winter day but hearty soup.  This is my version of vegetable soup, make it yours by adding and subtracting your favorite vegetables.  Chicken can also be added turning this into a nice chicken soup.  Enjoy with a hearty crusty wheat bread.  Let me know what you think.

Vegetable Soup


1 tbsp. olive oil

4 carrots unpeeled, sliced

½ yellow onion chopped

2 garlic cloves chopped

3 medium white potatoes, unpeeled, cubed

2 roma tomatoes chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups of chicken broth

¼ cup orzo pasta

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. dried basil

1 tbsp. dried parsley

1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese

½ cup fresh cilantro chopped


In a 4.5 quart stock pot heat oil over medium heat and add carrots, onion, garlic and sauté till the onions are soft.  Add the roma tomatoes and the salt and pepper.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Add potatoes, oregano, basil and parsley.  Stir and add stock.  Cover the pot and cook on simmer for 45 minutes.  Add orzo pasta, stir and cook till orzo is cooked.  Add cheese, stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Add cilantro at the end, check for seasoning and serve hot with a loaf of warm crusty wheat bread.

Serves 6