This recipe combines fresh vegetables with a tasty broth, making the soup a nutritious and satisfying choice for any meal of the day. Furthermore, vegetable soup is an excellent way to consume various vegetables at once, making it an ideal choice for those looking to increase their intake of essential vitamins and minerals.
Whether you prefer creamy or clear soup, this recipe can be tailored to your personal preferences. It will provide a comforting meal that leaves you feeling energized and ready to face the day.
This vegetable soup can also be prepared with dried peas. Soak the peas overnight, and the next day, cook them in a pressure cooker for about 40 minutes. Once they are soft, follow the aforementioned recipe step by step. If you cook them in a slow cooker, it will take around an hour and a half to soften them.
Green peas are much softer, which is why you can cook them along with the other ingredients in this recipe.
You can also use canned peas or even a can of peas and carrots to make the process easier. Since they're ready to eat, add them about 10 minutes before the other ingredients finish cooking.
How to make vegetable soup with meat?
To prepare this vegetable soup with meat, simply follow the previous recipe, replacing the shredded chicken with shredded beef or whole meat pieces.
Can I use another type of meat instead of chicken in the vegetable soup?
Yes, you can use any meat of your choice in this recipe, like beef, pork, or even fish. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time depending on the type of meat you use.
Can I make this soup vegetarian?
Absolutely! You can create a vegetarian version of this soup by omitting the chicken and using vegetable broth instead of water. Add more vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli, and cauliflower for additional flavor and texture.
How can I adjust the soup's consistency?
If you want the soup to be thicker, you can reduce the amount of water you add or stir in a tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in water. If you want it thinner, you can add more water or broth.
Tips and Tricks
- Add harder vegetables at the beginning of cooking, like beans and carrots, followed by potatoes to prevent overcooking.
- You can add more ingredients like rice, noodles, or ripe plantains to make it more filling.
- If you don't have a slow cooker or pressure cooker, you can cook the soup on medium heat in a regular pot for about 1 hour and a half or until the vegetables are soft.
- This soup is perfect for a light lunch or dinner and can be served with rice or bread.
- If you have leftover soup, you can store it in the refrigerator and reheat it over medium-low heat until hot.
- Adding too much water can make the soup too watery and dilute the flavor. Ensure you add enough water to cover the ingredients in the pot but not too much.
- Overcooking the vegetables can cause them to lose their texture and flavor. Cook them just until they're tender but still firm when bitten.
- Lentil Vegetable Soup: This recipe is similar but uses lentils instead of beans and chicken. It's a good choice if you want a more protein-rich, hearty soup.
- Tomato Vegetable Soup: This version uses fresh tomatoes and a variety of vegetables for a sweet, flavorful taste. It's great if you desire a lighter, vegetarian soup.
We recommend trying: Corn Cuchuco or Steamed Lentils.
- 1 cup of beans (cut into one-inch pieces)
- ½ cup of carrot (finely diced)
- 2 cups of shredded chicken
- ½ cup of green peas
- 1 cup of potato (finely diced)
- ½ medium-sized white onion (grated)
- 1 large tomato (grated)
- 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
- ½ bouillon cube (ricostilla)
- Coloring to taste
- Cilantro to taste (finely chopped)
- Bell pepper to taste (grated)
- Salt to taste
- You can replace the shredded chicken with whole chicken pieces if desired.
Instructions for Slow Cooker:
- In a slow cooker with enough water, add the beans, carrot, shredded chicken, peas, potato, onion, tomato, garlic, cilantro, bell pepper, bouillon cube, coloring, and salt. Cook on medium heat for one hour.
- Serve and enjoy with rice.
Instructions for Pressure Cooker:
- Add all the ingredients to the cooker with enough water and cook on medium heat for half an hour.
- Serve and enjoy.