Our autumnal heat wave finally left us last week (for a few days at least, it came back) and I finally felt like making some soup, so I thought I'd start off with this incredibly easy but incredibly yummy vegetable one.

It's the veggie version of my mom's classic chicken soup - all of the flavor and goodness thrown into a pot. Let's get started! 

Mom's Veggie Soup: Serves 1-2

  • 1 large russet potato
  • 3 carrots 
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1 chayote squash 
  • 1 large Mexican squash (they look like zucchinis but are a lighter green)
  • 2 stalks of celery 
  • 1 2 inch chunk of onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro + 1/2 cup for topping 
  • Italian seasoning / spices (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

  1. Wash and chop all of your vegetables, except for the onion and garlic. I like to leave everything in quite large chunks - especially the squash - so that they do not become overly squishy with long cooking times. 
  2. Fill a large soup pot with water, you can adjust the amount once all of your vegetables are in. 
  3. You can add the veggies to the pot as you chop, putting the flame on medium to low heat.
  4. Once all of your veggies, cilantro, and seasonings are in (make sure to add enough salt), raise the heat a tiny bit to medium / high until the soup reaches a boil. 
  5. Lower the heat back to low and cover with lid. 
  6. Set a timer for 45 minutes. You might want to check on the soup after about 25-30, just to stir it up and make sure everything is in order. 
  7. After 45 minutes, your soup should be soft and aromatic - ready to serve! 

I've noted above that this recipe is enough for one to two people. Without sides I would say this is enough for one person, if they go for seconds (which I definitely recommend). If serving with rice however, this is enough for two people. 

You can always add more vegetables like peas or green beans - my mom always says that the two key ingredients for maximum flavor are the chayote and the corn. I've come to realize after many a time making this without them, that this is true. 

- a.