Grandma’s Vegetable Soup

Grandma's Vegetable SoupWhen you were sick as a child, did your grandmother make you soup to help you get better?  I was really fortunate that my paternal grandmother lived nearby when my sister, brother, and I were growing up.  Whenever we were all sick, she would bring over a big pot of her homemade vegetable soup.  It was always so soothing, and by taking care of us she showed us how much she loved us!

Unfortunately, my grandmother never wrote down her recipe.  She passed away when I was in college before I started doing much cooking of my own.  Early on in my GAPS diet journey, I decided to try and recreate her soup.  I think I got it fairly close, or at least close to what I remember!

This is the perfect time of year to make this soup since you can find pretty much all of the ingredients you need at your local farmers market or in your backyard, for all of you gardeners out there.  Plus, with kids heading back to school, colds are once again getting passed around.  Here’s the perfect way to help heal them!


Grandmas Vegetable Soup in Bowl

Grandma’s Vegetable Soup

Grandma’s Vegetable Soup



  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 carrots, chopped
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 10 oz green beans, ends snapped and chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.  Allow to simmer for one to two hours. Serve immediately, or for even better flavor, refrigerate and serve the following day.

Lots of soup on hand

Lots of soup on hand!

Recipe Notes

You can add already cooked chicken at the end for a complete meal. The vegetables in this soup are very flexible, so you can really use whatever you have in your fridge!  If you have some fresh herbs growing, you can use one tablespoon of the fresh version instead of the dried called for in this recipe.

Did you grandmother or mother make you a special soup when you were sick?  Please share in the comments!

This post is part of Monday ManiaFat TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayReal Food Wednesday, Eat Make Grow Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Freaky Friday.


  1. Meghan says:

    That is so nice that you got to live near to your grandmother when you were growing up. I lived on the other side of my country from all my grandparents so only saw them once or twice a year at most as a child and much less than that when I got older. It would’ve been nice to have a closer relationship.

    Oh, and the soup looks delicious. I bet it would also be a good vehicle for the all the greens that show up in my CSA box every week!

    • Mindy says:

      I’m really glad she lived so close. :-) My other set of grandparents were much further away and it was the once or twice a year visit, too.

      This is really great with greens, too. The recipe I shared is probably my favorite combination, but I mix and match the veggies all the time depending on what I have on hand.

  2. Flo says:

    This made me think about canning your own soup since you displayed it in jars. I’m sure you’d lose some of the nutrients — especially vitamins — with the heating you’d need to do, but it’s got to be better for you than the store-bought. Any thoughts?

    I found you through Kelly the Kitchen Kop on Facebook. I haven’t really taken the time to puruse your site but it looks great!


    Flo :-)

    • Mindy says:

      Hi Flo! Thanks for stopping by. I would guess you would lose some nutrients, but I think it would be a huge improvement over canned soup from the store with all of the various chemicals that get added. If you try it, you’ll have to let me know how it goes for you. I’ve never done any canning.

  3. Flo says:

    I should’ve said ‘yet’ in that last sentence. I’d look more now but am already feeling guilty about time online today. :-)


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