Italian Vegetable Soup

This Italian Vegetable Soup is a low fat soup rich in flavor that is both hearty and filling. It’s a good healthy soup to start off the New Year or keep you warm on a winter’s day. Watch the video showing you how to make this soup, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home.

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Italian Vegetable Soup

If you’re looking for a healthy soup recipe to keep around for lunches and light dinners, this is it!  Many vegetables are packed into this brothy soup, along with the addition of white beans. Individual servings are topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  This soup is very much Weight Watchers friendly.  Each serving counts for just one Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoint!

Is this an authentic Italian Soup Recipe?

If you’re looking for something authentic, this probably isn’t going to be your recipe.  I’m not Italian, and I don’t live in Italy.  This Italian Vegetable Soup recipe simply has nice Italian flavors.  I think you’ll enjoy it.

The best soup pot recommendations:

The biggest bummer is when you start to make soup, and then you realize that the pot you’re using is too small.  Because of this, I have the best, big soup pot.  It’s far too big to keep in my drawer of pots and pans, so I keep my big soup pot in my pantry.  It comes out whenever I make soup!  I love that I can double my soup recipes too, and my pot will be able to hold it all.

The soup pot I purchased is the Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel 12-Quart Covered Stockpot.  It’s tall, it has a wide base, and the lid fits snugly.  I bought the bright orange one, but it also comes in blue and red.  I love that it’s super easy to clean.  It’s not stained from things sticking to the bottom of the pot.  I’ve used this one for a couple of years now, and it’s still working great.

What kind of vegetable substitutions can I make in this recipe?

The great thing about soup recipes is that they’re usually pretty easy to manipulate to make them exactly what you want.  Soup isn’t an exact science (like baking is), so you can pretty much just throw in whatever you’d like. Saute vegetables, add broth and spices, and then get creative with added beans, pasta, etc.  It’s fun to create a soup recipe!

Substitutions are welcome in this Italian Vegetable Soup.  In the summertime, substitute fresh yellow squash for the butternut squash and fresh spinach for the Swiss chard. Add carrots and celery too if you’d like.  Take a peek in your garden or at the local Farmer’s Market, and experiment with adding in other things too.

More soup recipes you might enjoy:

If you are looking for more recipes that are packed with vegetables, you might like to try my Summer Vegetable Quiche or this Grilled Vegetable Salad. Shrimp and Vegetable Salad, Easy Vegetable Lasagna and Roasted Vegetable Meatloaf are great veggie-filled recipes too!

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Italian Vegetable Soup

Simple soup, heavy on the vegetables!

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword italian vegetable soup, italian vegetable soup recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 188 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups peeled, seeded & chopped butternut or acorn squash
  • 3 cups chopped zucchini (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 14-ounce cans fat-free low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 15.5-ounce can white beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 bunch cleaned & chopped Swiss chard (leaves only... leave out the ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion to the pot and sauté for a couple of minutes, until softened a bit. Add the oregano and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in the squash, zucchini and corn, and continue to sauté a few more minutes until veggies begin to get tender. Remove from heat.

  2. Place 1 can of (drained) tomatoes and 1 can of broth in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into the pot with the vegetables and return to heat. Stir in the second can of (drained) tomatoes and 2 cans of broth. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

  3. Add the beans and Swiss chard to the pot and stir until the chard begins to wilt (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper.

  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle Parmesan on top of each individual serving.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Italian Vegetable Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 1148mg 48%
Potassium 919mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 138.8%
Vitamin C 36.2%
Calcium 19.2%
Iron 22.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Melissa wrote:

    This soup is so full flavored no one will ever believe it’s light in calories, too!

  • Barbara Schieving wrote:

    Love how colorful and flavorful this soup is.

  • Samantha wrote:

    Such a hearty dinner with my favorite Italian flavors.

  • Brenda wrote:

    Gimme all. the. vegetables. Beautiful soup!!

  • Liz wrote:

    All the veggies sold me, and the flavor did not disappoint! I’ll be making this again soon!

  • Kerry wrote:

    My new favorite way to eat vegetables!

  • Sommer wrote:

    This soup is so cozy and satisfying. My family loves it!!

  • Jennifer Farley wrote:

    This soup is perfectly chunky and delicious!

  • Miles D wrote:

    Recommend this, very tasty and visually appealing.

  • mindy wrote:

    sounds yummy-think this would work in my crockpot??

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @mindy, Haven’t tried it in the crockpot, but it’s easy enough just to make on the stove.

  • Gina wrote:

    This looks like a hearty soup!!