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Magic Healing Soup
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Whether you're fighting off a cold or simply want something to warm you up, this Magic Healing Soup is the perfect vegetable soup recipe for the job. It's a cross between a vegetable soup and cabbage soup that's light yet comforting and delicious. We call it "magic" because it's a healing recipe that is packed with good-for-you ingredients that help you feel better. The taste is so good that you'll want to go back for a second bowl, and you won't even feel guilty about it! Better yet, the most difficult part of this recipe is chopping the vegetables. From there, it's just dump and simmer. This can also be made into a slow cooker soup recipe. Simply saute the vegetables separately, add the ingredients to your slow cooker, and good on high for 2 to 3 hours. It makes enough soup to freeze some for later, so you can have a meal ready to thaw whenever you need it!

Notes

This makes a large amount of soup, perfect for freezing. To freeze, simmer the soup for 20-30 minutes, just so the vegetables are slightly undercooked. Cool soup completely, then transfer to Ziplock bags. Freeze bags on a cookie sheet for about an hour, then layer the bags in your freezer once frozen.

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time40 min

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 to 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini squash, diced
  • 2 cups green beans (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 3 cups tomato juice (V-8, homemade, or store bought)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, saute onion, garlic, mushrooms, carrot, and celery until soft - about 5-10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine.
     
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Taste the soup and adjust for seasoning. Serve hot.

 

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. In a pan on the stovetop, saute onion, garlic, mushrooms, carrot, and celery just until soft - about 5 minutes. Add to the slow cooker with remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
     
  2. Cook on HIGH 2-3 hours.

 

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I've always wondered what's in the soup that makes a person well after taking it. Maybe the veggies, the spices, the soup itself. Good thing there is the Healing Soup.

Maybe it's just me but I think all soup is has a potential to heal in one way or another. There are so many varieties and ways to make it make, I can eat it every day and just about do. I love how hearty this soup is without being too much...the only thing missing is some hot peppers to clear out those nasal passages.

This looks like a good, healthy meal for the winter season!

Its boxing day and i have a cold that won't let me enjoy opening my presents. Luckily my mom made me a bowl of vegetable soup that reminds me of this recipe. I don't know what makes chicken broth heal your cold and flu, but it always works for me

I put this in the crock pot this morning. I decided since it's snowing outside, I would put on a big pot of soup. The smell that is coming from my kitchen is absolutely amazing! I was so excited about this, that I had to taste the broth. Oh, it is so good! This is one of those recipes that you can't wait for dinner. I did leave out the mushrooms, but only because my family is not too fond of them. Other than that, I made the recipe as written.

I think that this would be a very filling soup with all the veggies it calls for. I do like the flexibility of sauting the veggies and then adding all the ingredients to the crock pot. I do love coming home to the scent of a yummy dinner cooking and knowing that I don't have to do anything, but serve the meal! I make my own tomato sauce every year, so I would be using that for the soup.

I'm not a veggie person, so I was hesitant to try this. It wasn't too bad. I agree with the person below in that I would add something else to it like noodles.

To be honest, I am not the biggest vegetable lover, but I actually enjoyed this soup! I would add noodles or meat to the soup next time, but the base of the soup is just perfect!

This soup was magnificent! And magical. I would've made it without mushrooms, but everything else was delicious!

This soup tasted a lot like minnestrone. All it was missing was some noodles. I'll be sure to add those next time.

I enjoyed every spoonful of this soup. Next time I would add more kidney beans and maybe some garbopnz beans. I would also substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth and added a diced potato for even more heartiness.

Tasty, hearty soup. You could make it vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, too!

This was the perfect tasty feel-good soup for a gloomy day!

LOVED this soup. Couldn't resist a second serving :) The flavors went so well together, and it was surprisingly simple to make. It was perfect for a chilly fall day.

This is one of my new favorite soup recipes. I loved the veggies, especially the mushrooms and zucchini. I will definitely make a batch this winter and heat some up on a cold night - yum!

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