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Winter Harvest Vegetable Soup Recipe

Winter Harvest Vegetable Soup Recipe

Rich, earthy root vegetables blend with savory spices and the tartness of apples in this wonderful soup from Barbara Marakowski of Loysville, Pennsylvania. “A friend gave me this low-fat recipe after my husband's cardiac surgery and now, it's our favorite. It gets even better with reheating!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 50 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 medium carrots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Additional thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and stir the carrots, celery and onions in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Add the broth, potatoes, squash, apples, turnips, parsnips and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • 3. Stir in the basil, thyme and pepper; simmer 15 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving. Garnish with additional green onions if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 134 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 404mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 242343
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Delicious recipe! The combination of the vegetables is very savory. It makes plenty and would be a great addition to a soup buffet."

Summy User ID: 1386846 156046
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"This was really delicious, but here's how I made it. I chopped everything and dumped all of the ingredients into my crockpot (including a teaspoon of the oil, and 1 tbsp butter for flavor). I used regular chicken broth. I didn't saute anything. It looked so pretty before it cooked, but afterwards I thought it looked rather bland and unappealing. (I cooked it on high for about five hours.) So, since I like creamier soups, I decided to take my chances and blend it all together. It's so pretty, and the flavors blended beautifully. I feel so good when I eat this soup, knowing I'm getting a heaping helping of good for me veggies. (I forgot to add the bay leaf, and I'll bet that will make it even better.)"

Cherie Hill User ID: 1488797 134653
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"This soup really is delicious! I added a little more of all of the vegetables because we like our soup thick with veggies. I also added about three cups of rotisserie chicken. Be sure to add the apples! Yum-yum!"

lateshift32 User ID: 7344374 109146
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"great! its a lot of work but it's lmost all green light vegetables and those are free on a diet i've been following. don't be scared of the apple. i've only used each time i've made it but it really does contribute something special. i would definitely recommend this soup, and a cutting partner!"

tastilicious User ID: 6257938 157623
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"I made this soup last year in the winter...and it's a tasty and so many great vegetables!! Cooking it now!"

dfausnacht User ID: 1896828 169884
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"I used sweet potatoes instead of regular, and the result was a beautiful mixture of sweet and savory."

asabot User ID: 620927 156045
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"I love this soup. At one point in the past I gave it 4 stars, but if I could I would definitely change it to 5 now. I always use Better Than Bouillon vegetable base for the broth and I leave out the apples. The flavor is so great!"

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