Dirty Little Secret Soup

Susan's Dirty Little Secret Soup

Some people eschew frozen vegetables, but they are often more nutritious than fresh ones that have been shipped from far away. They’re usually flash-frozen at the farm, resulting in more nutrients being preserved; vegetables that are allowed to age before cooking lose some of their nutritional value.
Course Main Course, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 146 kcal
Author Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen


  • 5-6 cups vegetable broth I use Imagine No-Chicken
  • 1 16- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 16- ounce cans beans rinsed and drained (I usually use 1 Great Northern and 1 Kidney Bean)
  • 2 1- pound bags of frozen vegetables (my favorites are California Blend [cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots] and Italian Blend [zucchini, Italian green beans, broccoli, red pepper])
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • a shake or two of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
  • black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup small pasta OR 2 cups diced potatoes OR 1 cup frozen corn or other starchy vegetable OR 1/2 cup of quick-cooking grain (buckwheat, pearled barley, millet, or quinoa or cooked rice OPTIONAL


  1. Put 5 cups of vegetable broth and all remaining ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are done, about 20-30 minutes. If the soup seems too thick, add more broth. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.

  2. This can also be made with 2 pounds of whatever fresh vegetables you have in the house.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional breakdown will vary depending on the ingredients you use. Nutrition (per serving) without optional starch and using Imagine No-Chicken Broth and California Blend Vegetables listed in the Nutritional Facts below.

Nutrition Facts
Susan's Dirty Little Secret Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 146
% Daily Value*
Sodium 778mg 32%
Potassium 296mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6.5g 26%
Sugars 5.8g
Protein 8.1g 16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.