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Hearty meals, like this Chunky Vegetable and Spinach Soup, are heart-healthy and filling.  This is cold-weather soup, so serve it with thick slices of crusty bread!

You can call this soup a Root Vegetable Soup if you choose to do so, or you can call it a Vegetarian Soup. Whatever you decide, add the word delicious at the beginning, because, Dear Reader, this soup is nothing short of phenomenally fantastic!

We love all kinds of soups.  Well, actually, I love all kinds of soups.  John.e is a vegetarian, so he only loves vegetarian or vegan soups.  And, up until just recently, McKenna was a vegetarian as well, but she has recently integrated meat back into her diet.

So, when it comes to soups and stews, in more cases than not, I make my recipes vegetarian.  I have made soups and stews with meat in them before, and you can find a few of them here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen.  But, to be perfectly honest, I don’t think that a soup needs meat at all to be really, really delicious!

Vegetable soup normally has green peas, corn, green beans, potatoes, onion and celery.  As much as I love those types of soups, (mostly because they remind me of Campbell’s canned Vegetable Soup from my childhood) I feel that a vegetable soup needs to be chunky and hearty.

I feel that in order to get a chunky and hearty vegetable soup, you need to use root vegetables.  Root vegetables have always been my favourite type of vegetable, and there’s an easy explanation.  Where I grew up, above ground veggies were very rarely grown by local farmers.

I only ever saw green beans in a can, and the same goes for green peas and corn.  This was the norm.  But, in time, we were able to source tomatoes, lettuce, corn, etc., quite easily.  By easily, I mean drive about 90 minutes or so to the closest largest town and shop for groceries there.

Chunky Vegetable and Spinach Soup has all of the root vegetables that I love the most!  Of course you’re going to find potatoes in almost every variety of vegetable soup, but I also added carrots and rutabaga – and if you cannot source rutabaga, you can also use turnip.

Now, I ask you, Dear Reader, what is soup without a solid base start of onions and garlic?  And, if you living in the Thomas-Ewing household, onions and garlic are nothing without the addition of celery in a soup recipe!  It’s like why bother to make soup without celery?  It would be like making soup without bay leaves!

Like all good soups though, you need something green to make it come alive.  I used whole baby spinach leaves in this soup – not only to add colour and flavour, but to also add some solid health benefits, such as protein, calcium, potassium, and iron.

When all is said and done – when the vegetables are tender; when the spinach has been wilted; and when the broth is thick and flavourful – you’re left with a Chunky Vegetable and Spinach Soup that’s fit for a King or Queen, but best served in large portions to you and your family!

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5 from 17 votes

Chunky Vegetable and Spinach Soup

Hearty meals, like this Chunky Vegetable and Spinach Soup, are heart-healthy and filling.  This is cold-weather soup, so serve it with thick slices of crusty bread!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves, washed

Instructions

  • In a very large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or soup pot, add the onions and olive oil.  Saute the onions over medium heat, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
  • Next, add the thyme, salt, ground black pepper, bay leaves, carrots, celery, and rutabaga.  Stir well to combine and place a lid on the pot.  Allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the vegetable stock and the water.  Stir well and place a lid back on the pot.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  • Next, add the potatoes.  Stir into the soup.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Now, add the butternut squash.  Stir into the soup.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.  (At this point, once everything is stirred together, the vegetables should be just slightly covered with broth.  If not, add just enough water to cover the veggies.)
  • Lastly, add the spinach leaves.  Stir into the soup the best you can.  Place a lid on the pot and cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Check seasoning and serve piping hot with crusty bread or crackers.

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Well, YOU know ALL the snow we have been getting...and YES I know you LOVE it! You also know I HATE IT. I have been making homemade soup every week. This looks like the one that will be next on the list. God knows we are not done with the snow yet.
  2. What a hearty, comforting and delicious looking soup that is. I love chunky soups like this - nice texture. One of the best things to eat in this chilly winter weather.
  3. I'm totally on board for more meals that utilize all the gorgeous winter vegetables. We are carnivores, but I like to break the week up with a few meatless dishes and this one looks delicious. Totally savory and hearty enough that no one will complain that we're going veg for the night. Perfect with a load of crusty bread!
  4. I love this soup recipe! It's so perfect and comforting for all these cold days we've been getting. I'm definitely making this soup all winter long. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Though I like clear soups, your chunky vegetable soup looks delicious and tempts me to try...The week coming over seems to be cold here, so I believe that's a perfect time to try this
  6. My family is a huge soup fan! My girls prefer vegetarian and vegan recipes and the boys just love soup! I love the texture of your vegetable soup! There is such a great variety of veggies which boost the flavors! My Dad just got home from the hospital so I am keeping all the meals to easy and nutritious! He and my family will love this one! I love that its a delicious meal full of flavor and nutrition!
  7. You say "cold-weather soup", I say definitely! This recipe is such a great way to warm up and just have a nice calming dinner (yes, I love soups for dinner). And that celery flavor... I would have it in every single recipe I make - yum!
  8. Bring the celery on! And I want to add the word DELICIOUS in front of every single ingredient of this recipe because they are all my personal favorites. Fantastic recipe that is healthy, comforting and just what I need for this weather - thank you!

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