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Easy Spanish Vegetable Soup Recipe

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In this article we will talk about the Spanish vegetable soup, or as it is known in Spanish, “Sopa española de verduras“.

Here you will learn how to make the best homemade vegetable soup!

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Background of the dish

This dish has a great history and has a very important role in the culture of southern Spain, so with this easy vegetable soup recipe, you will be transported to the streets of Andalusia.

This recipe was developed more than 200 years ago in the province of Cordoba, located in Andalusia. 

Being a rural region, the villagers created dishes that they could make with the vegetables they obtained from their orchards, and since it was very cold during the fall and winter, the vegetable soup was an ideal meal!

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Things You’ll Need

To make this homemade vegetable soup you’ll only need a large pot and a couple of bowls!

Another advantage of this best vegetable soup recipe is that you can change the types of vegetables according to those that are most abundant in your region or those that are seasonal.

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups (1.2L) vegetable broth
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • ¼ (350g) cabbage (preferably white)

How to make Spanish Vegetable Soup – Step by Step Guide

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  1. The first step on how to cook vegetable soup is very easy, you just have to chop the vegetables. It is recommended to chop them into small pieces, but you can do it the way you like it, chopping them into different sizes, larger or smaller, etc.
  2. After that grab a large pot and start heating olive oil at medium to high heat. Then add onion and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes at medium heat or until they get a translucent and golden color. 
  3. Pour paprika and stir until the vegetables are coated. Add the remaining vegetables and cook for 10 minutes at low heat, mixing once in a while.
  4. The last step is to add the vegetable broth and cover the pot with a lid, let it simmer, and cook for 15 minutes at low heat. You can cook it for more or less time depending on how cooked you like your vegetables.
  5. Serve it with chopped parsley on top.

Substitution of ingredients

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The good thing about this Spanish veg soup recipe is that there are numerous changes you can make to the ingredients depending on your personal diet or the taste of the guests.

For example, this is a healthy vegetable soup recipe, but if you want you can replace a cup of broth with a cup of heavy cream, this way you will have a creamy vegetable soup.

You can also add chicken breast cut into cubes, and you will get an easy vegetable Spanish chicken soup.

Feel free to make changes to the vegetables according to your personal preference or the season of the year you are in! you can add asparagus, mushrooms, and remove any that you don’t like.

Apart from that, other names of Spanish soups may come to your head, such as Spanish hot garlic soup, or Spanish bean soup, so you can take ingredients from them and make a delicious soup mix!

Tips on Serving

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This dish is eaten during lunch or dinner, and you can serve it as a main course or as a starter depending on the size of the portion.

You can serve this good vegetable soup with a little cheese, either grated on top of cubes of mozzarella inside the plate, in this way they will melt with the heat of the soup and you will have a delicious melted cheese surprise!

If you are looking for what to eat in Cordoba, you will probably find that it is served in restaurants along with the best wines. 

Knowing that this is a vegetable soup with broth, the best thing you can do is accompany it with a glass of white wine, or simply with water.

How to store Spanish Vegetable Soup?

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Probably the question that will come to your head is can you freeze vegetable soup? Fortunately, the answer is yes! Being a vegetable soup it can be frozen for one or two months without problems.

Keep in mind that if you add meat, fish, or if you make it with cream, you should not freeze it for more than a month.

You can also keep it in the refrigerator for one to three days without any problem, although the ideal is always to eat it the same day you make it so that it preserves its freshness!

Recipe card – Spanish Vegetable Soup

Yield: 4

Easy Spanish Vegetable Soup Recipe

spanish vegetable soup

This dish has a great history and has a very important role in the culture of southern Spain, so with this easy vegetable soup recipe, you will be transported to the streets of Andalusia.

This recipe was developed more than 200 years ago in the province of Cordoba, located in Andalusia. 

Being a rural region, the villagers created dishes that they could make with the vegetables they obtained from their orchards, and since it was very cold during the fall and winter, the vegetable soup was an ideal meal!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups (1.2L) vegetable broth
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 leek
  • ¼ (350g) cabbage (preferably white)

Instructions

  1. Mince garlic and chop the onion into small pieces. Set it aside and chop carrots, leek, red bell pepper, and cabbage. 
  2. In a large pot heat olive oil and once that you hear sizzling add onion and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes at medium heat.
  3. Add paprika and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. After that add the rest of the vegetables and salt and pepper, then cook at low heat for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the vegetable broth and cover the pot with a lid, cook for 10 to 15 minutes, then add more pepper and salt if needed.
  6. Serve it with parsley on top. 

Notes

This is a basic vegetable soup recipe, but if you want to you can add more spices like turmeric, curry, etc. Keep in mind that paprika with salt and pepper is already the best seasoning for vegetable soup.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 210Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 9mgSodium 977mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 9g

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