I used the recipe on the back of the Kroger 14 oz. can of vegetable broth for a guideline but I tweaked it with what I had on hand and LOVE the outcome! Here you go:
- 3 bags (12 oz.) frozen "vegetable soup mix" (Kroger brand)
- 3 cans (14 oz.) vegetable broth
- 1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed or diced tomatoes (if diced, run them through the food processor before adding to recipe)
- 3 tsp. dried parsley flakes
- 2 tsp. dried cilantro
- 3/8 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- Add everything to a large pot (I used a pasta pot with the strainer removed)
- Turn the soup on high to boil
- Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and cover. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat once the vegetables are done (and your preferred softness).
- Remove 1 - 1 1/2 cups of vegetables from the soup along with 1/4 cup liquid and put into the food processor. Pulse until veggies are somewhat pureed. Add back to pot of soup and mix thoroughly.
This is a fairly cheap soup as well. The bags of vegetables are $0.88 a piece at Kroger. I forget how much the broth is but I don't think it's more then $2.00/can. In fact I'm thinking it's closer to $1.50/can. The tomato sauce is definitely under $2.00. And the diced tomatoes always seem to be hanging around my house even though I have nothing to use them for! Well, until now!!! Everything else is just seasonings we always have on hand.