Hearty Vegetable Soup for a Cold Winter Day

by Anja

It’s still winter here in Switzerland, and although I could easily live without it, I must say that on a bright and sunny day, winter can be breathtaking. On these days, I love snowshoeing or simply taking a winter walk. Breathe in the chilly and crisp air, enjoy the sun on my face, snow crunching underfeet.

And when you come home, enjoy a hot and hearty vegetable soup. Thank god for my friend Lisa who once gave me this recipe. Ever since it’s been one of my winter favorites, just perfect to comfort the winter soul! If veggie soup doesn’t sound hearty enough to you, you can simply add some chunks of beef and make a stew.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized onion (chopped)
2 carrots (peeled and thinly sliced)
2 ribs celery
4-5 medium potatoes (diced)
5-6 ounces baby spinach (chopped)
1 can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)*
1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)*
1 can diced tomatoes in natural juice*
3 cans vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 ½ teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
salt and pepper

bite-sized chunks of beef
crusty bread for the table

*I’m not a fan of canned produce, but legumes, which are dried and need to be soaked in water anyways, are an exception. Canned tomatoes are (especially during winter months) the more flavorful alternative to fresh (watery) greenhouse ones.

1. Heat a deep pot over medium heat. Add oil, onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, bay leaf and Old Bay seasoning. Cover pot and cook veggies, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add beans, tomatoes and season with a little salt and pepper. Add broth (and if you want some beef) and bring to a boil. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes longer.

3. Remove from heat and stir in spinach. Serve with crusty bread!


  1. This soup looks really good. And Swiss winters seem to be very pretty. Wish I could go one day!

  2. i had a similar soup one day at a restaurant in Chicago called ' Cafe Iberico' Spanish Tapa place. it was one of the best soup i ever had and my friend Elke and I were analizing the ingredients while we were eating/drinking the soup and were ready to try making it ourselves as soon as we got home.

    that was 3 years ago and we never got around to making it, what a shame! i shall try this recipe for sure and it will be within a month this time! i'll be sure to report on the result ;) sun

  3. it took me two months instead of one but i finally got around making the soup. my husband loved it! it was super easy and didn't take too long.
    i missed two ingredients though, celery and old bay seasoning. i couldn't find the old bay seasoning at the grocery store i went.

    this soup recipe would be definitely on the list of Segura House Menu. I can't wait to try the other soup recipies. my husband will be very happy. he loves soup!

  4. Ooopps, I accidentally forgot the celery on the ingredients list, sorry!! It's now in there. Yes, celery does make the soup better.

    I am glad you and Carlos liked it!
    Try my potato soup - that's a great one, too. And I'll soon share a great fish soup recipe - stay tuned!


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