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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 159.7
  • Total Fat: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.5 mg
  • Sodium: 96.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 5.4 g

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Garden Harvest Vegetable Soup

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Garden Harvest Vegetable Soup

Introduction

This soups works well with most vegetables from the garden-- experiment and use vegetables that are in season. This soups works well with most vegetables from the garden-- experiment and use vegetables that are in season.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 T olive oil
    2 carrots, diced
    1 leek, white part only, sliced
    2 celery stalks, diced
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 1/2 t thyme, fresh
    3 red potatoes, quartered
    1 c baby spinach
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t black pepper
    1 t red pepper flakes
    9 c water
    2 small zucchini, chopped
    1 c green beans
    1/2 c ditalini pasta (or another small pasta)
    2 plum or Italian tomatoes, deseeded and chopped

    Basil topping:
    1 T olive oil
    1 c fresh basil leaves
    3 T parmesan cheese, grated
    1/4 t salt
    1/4 t black pepper

Tips

Chef Meg was inspired to create this meal after a trip to the farmers market. Be creative and use whatever vegetables you have on hand!


Directions

Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan or stock pot. Once warm, add carrots, leek, and celery. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and thyme and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, spinach, salt, and red and black pepper; cook 3 minutes. Add water, zucchini, beans, pasta, and tomatoes to the saucepan; cook an additional 8 minutes. While soup is cooking, place the basil, remaining oil and cheese in a small food processor; blend until smooth. Swirl basil mixture into the soup just until combined and serve.
Recipe makes eight 2 cup servings.






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  • 35 of 35 people found this review helpful
    I put mine in the crock pot. I made a big batch and froze some for later. Delicious! - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    So tasty! Thanks Chef Meg. Light and delicate aroma....low in sodium too..loved it. I added a can of black beans for even more protein and fiber. - 8/11/09

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  • 19 of 30 people found this review helpful
    Why are the comments from those who HAVE NOT TRIED this recipe still on this "Rate this Recipe?! How can they possibly be helpful! - 7/29/10

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I hate vegies! This was SO GOOD. I couldn't stop eating it. I'm going to add black beans to a new batch of it this week. I love the fresh basil and the crushed red pepper flakes, I think that really made the soup - 9/22/09

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  • Very Good
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! I had some fresh basil from my garden. I love vegetable soups. - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This was one of the single best recipes I've made on SparkPeople. Neither me nor my husband could stop eating it. I swapped out the zucchini and added little white beans instead. The parmesan-basil paste is to die for. And it really wasn't as much work as I thought it would be. Thanks! - 8/12/10

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  • Very Good
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I made a version of this, I use it as a starter soup or as a side for chicken or fish. And even a main dish! I leave out the pasta and the potatoes and add red kidney beans, lima beans, and White beans and kale. I can eat soup 7 days a week 365 days a year! I call mine Farmer's Market Soup! Thanks! - 8/25/09

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    this soup was great! my husband who is found of beef even enjoyed it - 8/11/09

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  • 8 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Going to nix the cheese so it's vegan and give this a whirl. Sounds delish! - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I loved this soup! I skipped the spinach and added more green beans instead. I also didn't make the basil topping, which I am sure would have made it even more tasty. I think you could easily use this as a base and make it with beef or chicken broth and add meat if so desired for a heartier soup. - 7/3/10

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    this was great & I had fresh basil too gives added punch
    DIVALICIOUS7 - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great, i'm definitely going to make this - and it's low sodium too! - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Very hearty and filling. Delicious! Great meal on a budget. A "do over" for sure! Next time, I will use NitafromCT suggestion of adding black beans for more protein and flavor. - 8/17/09

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  • 6 of 9 people found this review helpful
    LOVE IT - 8/11/09

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  • 6 of 21 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so yummy. I love soups and stews, especially in the fall. I think this will be one of my fav's. - 8/11/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe. I used veggies that were in season, add a can of tomato's and canelli beans instead of potatoes! - 10/18/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is a great soup. Very tasty and if you're of mind to add ingredients, it is easy to build on. - 10/5/09

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  • 3 of 21 people found this review helpful
    recipe looks good will make soon flipitup - 8/11/09

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  • 3 of 17 people found this review helpful
    I'll go out to the garden NOW. Can't wait to try it.
    Thx for sharing. - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds fantastic. - 9/25/12

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I left out the potatoes. Yummy vegetable soup. I also left it on the stove and ate it at room temperature all day. (oh, and I don't mind people who don't make or rate the recipe...they just wanna comment). have a great weekend all. - 7/28/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    added some chopped cabbage for extra fiber - delish! - 8/4/10

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  • 2 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Wow. This sounds quick and easy...so many variations can be made: add a few more potatoes, and a lot more carrots, leave out the water, and you've got a thick, creamy soup with no animal fat! (You have to run it all though the food processor or blender after cooking.) Can't wait to try this! - 8/11/09

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  • 2 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delicious! - 8/11/09

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  • 2 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I'm always looking for a good veggie soup recipe, this one sounds great so I will be heading to the store for the ingredients today. - 8/11/09

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  • O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Did I make the same soup these people did?? I found the end product to be watery and bland. Chopped for days. Had to add salt. Would use no fat, low sodium chicken broth if I made again - 8/1/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This sounds great. I too am going to try this tonight in the the crock pot. Never make soup with fresh basil but can eat soup 24/7. thanks - 7/27/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was pretty good, but I thought it called for too much red pepper flakes. Too spicy in my opinion, next time I'll decrease the pepper flakes and then I would rate it higher. - 3/23/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I didn't make the basil topping. And when I felt it lacked a little flavor I added sodium free chicken bullion. Freezing all the leftovers for lunches! - 3/14/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The spices really make this soup! I really enjoyed it, my DH liked it but it was a bit spicy for him. I added chicken to it for encores and he liked it much better that way. - 12/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Our whole family enjoyed this! Very good! - 8/14/09

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  • O.K.
    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Too many ingredients for me. - 8/11/09

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  • 1 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like just what I wanted to make. Can freeze for quick meal later. - 8/11/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
    iam going to make this easy soup resipe soon goodone - 8/11/09

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  • Delicious. Loved the basil/Parmesan mixture to swirl in before serving. - 9/10/14

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  • I was excited to try this, but I must've done something wrong. All my veggies were still hard and I didn't feel it had a ton of flavor (I followed the recipe). Thinking I'd use veggie/chicken broth next time and cook even longer. - 5/16/14

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  • delicious....take all your vege's in the frige, throw it in a pot.....and you're back to being healthy! Love it. Thx Chef Meg - 11/14/13

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  • I like this and wish I had read the comments about adding beans earlier. I would do that and eliminate potatoes. I also used chicken broth (low sodium) instead of water. The spicy was good for me and I think the basil really knocks it out of the park. - 10/12/13

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  • Awsome - 9/6/13

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  • Didn't have celery or green beans, still turned out good. Added canellini beans to get some protein. Very versatile. Added a shot of hot sauce to hubby's. He says it's a keeper! - 8/11/13

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  • we enjoyed this, quick and easy - 7/31/13

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  • I just made something similar but left out the potato and pasta, I put in about 1/3 of a head of chopped cabbage instead, I used yellow onion as I didn't have a leek, it was delish!!
    - 7/29/13

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  • How much water does this call for? - 7/29/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I like soup in the winter. - 7/28/13

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  • I just made this for dinner, and as suggested, made a few changes based on what I had. It was absolutely delicious and I definitely will make it again! I love the flexibility, too. - 7/28/13

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  • PeggieP - some of us are responsible and experienced in the kitchen. We can look at a recipe, and know immediately what we'd want to change or to tweak. We can look at the ingredients, and make suggestions about different flavours. Because we know, to some extent, how so many things work together. - 7/28/13

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  • I love this soup, but I leave out the potatoes since there is pasta in the soup, which is a nice addition in any of these vegetable soups. I'm diabetic and potatoes and I don't seem to get along! - 7/28/13

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  • I added red bell peppers and more pasta as I had no beans.
    It has a great flavor. Thanks! - 7/28/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good for cleaning out fridge too. Love that it's low in sodium. Like to add mushrooms to it too. - 6/24/13

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  • I love this soup! The basil topping makes it feel special as well as adding flavor. Instead of using the blender for the basil oil I use a mortar and pestle to smooch it into an emulsion by hand. Makes me feel "cheffy." - 5/9/13

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (5/17/13)
    ....and you burned some calories to boot!
    Chef Meg


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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made the soup but didn't bother with the basil/oil/cheese topping , left out the pasta and added a can of white beans. Prbly, because of my revisions, the red pepper flakes were a little too much. I think I will make again but cut the red pepper. Other than the spiciness - loved it. - 5/5/13

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  • My family loved this recipe. It freezes great as well. Will make it again
    ! - 4/1/13

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  • Per your suggestion, used the veggies I had on hand. Had kidney beans thawing in fridge for chili, so I subbed them for the pasta. Omitted the topping, used a small amount of powdered aujus to flavor. It was quick and delicious! Thank you! - 2/18/13

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  • Love this recipe - I changed it up just a bit, I used 8 cups of chicken broth and 1 cup water - I also added kidney beans to give it a bit more protein - taste is excellent - oh an I didn't do the basil with paremsan part - 1/27/13

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  • Delicious and so low calorie. Just love it. - 12/8/12

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  • This was good despite the fact that I am not a big fan of spinach.
    - 12/5/12

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  • Hearty and Delicious! :) - 9/26/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Excellent especially with colder weather on the way! - 9/25/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Im gonna try this tomorrow. It sounds very delicious. This would be very easy to experiment with too. - 9/25/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make a pretty good veg soup but this looks yummy...will give it a shot. Just a tip for those of us that don't use all of the veg in an evening, put it into a freezer container and when that container is full put it into a crockpot with a can of V-8, season and eat. Quick, easy and fast. - 9/25/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    looks really good. I'm going to make it! - 9/25/12

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  • very good. Even my daughter ate it and she doesn"t like soup. - 8/8/12

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  • I used Kale instead of spinach. I let my carrot, celery, and leek brown during the first 5 minutes to enhance the flavor. I used vegetables from my local Farmer's market. And, I added shredded grilled chicken breast. Yummy. Can't wait to have more tomorrow. - 8/7/12

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  • Good soup, the basil was just the right herb to use - 8/2/12

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  • This is delicious. I was able to use gluten free pasta in it to keep it gluten free. - 8/2/12

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  • We love homemade soups and this one topped the chart with our adult kids and in-laws this week. The grandkids picked the veggies from our garden - 8/1/12

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  • so tasty! Thanks ....... - 7/30/12

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  • This is the BEST kind of soup!! - 7/30/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Pretty close to the Italian wedding soup that is a favorite around our house. For this, I'd be omitting the red pepper & swap out the leek for an onion. The basil mixture sounds good; will try that out the next time I make soup. - 7/30/12

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  • Made this soup tonight, with a couple veggie substitutions and garbanzo beans. I precook pasta for soups so did that and used less water. Put a little fresh basil in the bowl, for leftovers I'll get some Parmesan, I think that will make the soup awesome. As it was, very good, will make again. - 7/29/12

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  • Working twelve hour shifts, it is necessary for less prep time on my meals. This was fantastic, easy to prepare, and wonderful taste. Was also a great bring along lunch for the next day at work. Thanks! - 7/29/12

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  • Tastes great ! Very filling dish. - 7/29/12

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  • My daughter & hubby call our version "Hobo Soup". the more bens and veggies that are added, the better they like it!! - 7/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is so good. I used what veggies I had from the garden, and it turned out amazing! - 7/28/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    very tasty! - 7/28/12

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  • Yummmmmmm!!!!! I even had the chance to use fresh basil leaves from my garden. This is the first year that I planted basil. - 7/28/12

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  • This was great! Being vegan, I didn't add the parmesan cheese. I'm going to try homemade egg-less noodles next time for the pasta. - 7/28/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I freeze vegetable cooking & steaming liquid in baggies. When making a soup, I'll use them in place of water or canned broth. Why throw away all those vitamins and minerals? - 7/28/12

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  • wow. love it . this is a good way to get your veggies plus help fill your tummy and it is yummy. - 7/26/12

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  • Very good! I cooked it a little longer before adding the zucchini, beans, pasta and tomatoes, and just tied the thyme sprigs together and dropped them in the pot instead of chopping. Worked fine and saved a step! - 7/11/12

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  • Very tasty. - 7/11/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful

    This soup looks good. I will make it. - 7/11/12

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  • My husband gives it 9 out of 10, that's good as he isn't much f a soup man, i put a little chilli in it and it gave it a kick, fabulous. - 6/27/12

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  • This is absolutely fantastic! Loved it :) - 5/31/12

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  • Super! I added some kidney beans. This is a whole meal soup! - 5/10/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very similar to my Pistou vegetable soup. Rather than using potatoes, I use butternut squash. Even my husband who hates squash loves this one. - 5/10/12

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum-O - 5/3/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good basis for veggie "stone" soup - 4/11/12

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  • It was bland with too much red pepper, this is coming from a person who LOVES veggies and anything spicy. I had to add Low Sodium Better than Bouillon and Spike seasoning to make it edible. It is a good starting point. But unless you add other ingredients, it is BLAND and gross! - 1/23/12

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  • First time I've made a vegetable soup from scratch that I liked. Thanks. I did substitute red bell pepper for the tomatoes. And added another cup of green beans instead of the spinach. I cooked it for several hours and it made the house smell so good. - 1/5/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    quick question, i may have put the heat to low. how do i know when i'm done cooking? - 12/28/11

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  • I made this with low sodium beef broth in place of the water. My husband and I loved it! - 8/5/11

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  • Very good even without the topping ( I didn't have fresh basil) Next time I will add white kidney beans and try the topping. Those who don't like some heat might want to cut back on the pepper flakes. - 8/4/11

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  • I left out the poatoes and pasta. I added a can of garlic & herb marinara sauce to make it a bit richer. Delicious! Thanks Meg! - 8/2/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    How can people rate some comments as "USEFUL" when all these comments say "Sounds good, I'll make it soon". What is so useful about that!!! - 8/1/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    making it now...potatoes and zucchini are still hard. did everyone else's turn out OK using the instructions above? - 7/30/11

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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    yummy - 7/28/11

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  • Omit pasta & basil. Add Inst. mash potato flakes to thicken for totally different flavor. Non gardeners can have fun adding a variety of frozen mixed veg. to whatever is on hand. - 7/28/11

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    Awesome! Can't wait to try this! - 7/28/11

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  • This is a great soup for avoiding all the salt in canned> I am storing mine in two cup servings in freezer for another day. - 7/28/11

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