Hearty Vegetable Soup

Hearty Vegetable Soup Recipe
This vegetable soup is healthy, comforting, and a thousand times better than what you’ll get from a can! Full of flavor and so easy to make, it’s perfect for busy nights or to get back on track when you’ve overindulged. It’s also versatile—switch it up with seasonal vegetables in place of frozen if you’d like. You simply can’t go wrong with a warm bowl of hearty vegetable soup!
3 tablespoons Natural Grocers® Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1 medium organic onion , (yellow, white, or red), ends removed, peeled, and diced
2 medium organic carrots, chopped (~3/4 cup)
2 stalks organic celery, chopped (~3/4 cup)
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
1 pound organic potatoes, (red, Yukon Gold, russet), peeled and cubed (~2 cups)
8 cups organic broth, (vegetable or bone broth)
1 (14.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Diced Tomatoes in juice
1 (10-ounce) bag Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Green Beans or Organic Frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 (10-ounce) bag Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Kale
1 (15.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Great Northern Beans, drained
  Optional toppings/serving suggestions: Natural Grocers Brand Organic Parmesan Cheese Shreds, chopped organic parsley, bread and butter
Natural Grocers Brand Bulk organic seasonings
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
2 tablespoons Parsley Leaf Flakes
2 teaspoons Real Salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

1. Place a large soup pot on the stovetop over medium heat. Once hot, add two tablespoons olive oil and the onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Watch the temperature and adjust accordingly, allowing the onion to become translucent and the vegetables to soften without browning.

2. While the vegetables cook, mince the garlic and peel and cube the potatoes. After the vegetables have cooked for 10 minutes, add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the garlic. Stir to combine and let cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Add the potatoes, broth, canned tomatoes, green beans (or mixed vegetables), kale, beans, and seasonings. Stir to combine, increase the temperature, bring to a boil, and immediately reduce to a simmer. Stir again and place a lid slightly ajar on the pot, allowing steam to escape. Let the soup simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.

4. Serve topped with optional Parmesan cheese shreds and/or chopped parsley along with bread and butter.

Recommended Beverage: Beer

Recommended Style: Lager

Recommended Brand: Samuel Smith