Garden Harvest Vegetable Soup

Garden Harvest Vegetable Soup

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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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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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  • 36 of 36 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 30 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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  • 21 of 37 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!
    15 of 15 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
    14 of 15 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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  • Very Good
    12 of 13 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 9 of 22 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!
    8 of 9 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!
    8 of 8 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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  • 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 27 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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  • 6 of 10 people found this review helpful
    LOVE IT - 8/11/09

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  • 6 of 24 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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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    added some chopped cabbage for extra fiber - delish! - 8/4/10

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  • 3 of 4 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 26 people found this review helpful
    recipe looks good will make soon flipitup - 8/11/09

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  • 3 of 21 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 12 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds fantastic. - 9/25/12

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  • Very Good
    2 of 4 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 15 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 19 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delicious! - 8/11/09

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  • 2 of 15 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 6 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 11 people found this review helpful
    Too many ingredients for me. - 8/11/09

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

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  • This is pretty good - 5/27/17

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  • The pasta is not necessary, especially if you are adding potatoes. - 4/8/17

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  • Nice! - 3/28/17

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  • This is so good without a lot of sodium! Added mushrooms, onions instead of leaks (can't find them), and regular potatoes instead of red (don't like red). Added 1 can of chickpeas and used quinoa (instead of pasta) to boast protein. - 3/13/17

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  • very good - 3/11/17

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  • Bland....
    - 2/20/17

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  • This is amazing. It makes the house smell so good too. I just love it . - 2/17/17

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  • I use barley in my vegetable soups. Texture and taste is great. - 2/16/17

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    cant wait to try - 2/16/17

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  • really good. i'll make this again! - 2/16/17

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  • Now that's a soup! - 2/16/17

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  • Lft. out the pasta, but a great soup! - 2/16/17

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  • Great soup. Just throw in all the veggies that you have. - 2/16/17

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Love vegetable soup. - 2/16/17

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  • tasty! - 2/16/17

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Soup is so good and is an appetite suppressant! - 2/16/17

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love vegetable soup but don't want Parmesan cheese in it or that much basil. - 2/16/17

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  • This recipe for vegetable soup Is absolutely delicious! - 2/16/17

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  • I use less oil and only a 1/4 cup of the small pasta....I leave the green beans out too..don't like them in soup...I like more broth...added a bit more spice as well - 2/16/17

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  • This garden harvest vegetable soup is delicious on a cold winters day! - 2/16/17

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  • Add 2 oz of navy beans or chickpeas per serving and you have a complete meal in a bowl. - 2/16/17

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love vegetable soup! This recipe vegetable soup I'm going to have try..... Sounds delicious! - 2/16/17

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  • Great comfort food - 2/16/17

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  • We didn't do the basil topping and used the rest of the recipe as a guide but it was great! This is one where even the kitchen sink can go in!! We did add beans, used canned tomatoes, used onion instead of leek--but this is the kind of recipe I love--make it your own! - 12/30/16

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It looks and sounds wonderful.
    Precooked and freeze.
    - 7/12/16

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  • I don't know what I did wrong, but this did not look at all like the soup pictured in Meg's picture. I may try it again. - 4/23/16

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  • I used cabbage instead of zucchini and spinach, and it was awesome. I also added some canned Navy Beans after I rinsed them. - 2/16/16

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  • How long till its ready timing is way not correct my potatoes are still very hard!! - 9/10/15

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    - 2/17/15

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  • I added a cup of lentils an used cauliflower and broccoli. Its delicious! - 9/21/14

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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
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    - 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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