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Cheap, Easy, and Yummy Vegetable Soup

Thanks to my ongoing pain, I’ve started seeing a chiropractor again and am losing weight to take pressure off of my lower back. That means I keep my eyes out for low calorie meals that still taste awesome. Most recently, I successfully made some amazing vegetable soup. To make a big pot, here’s what you’ll need.

Vegetable Soup Ingredients
The main ingredients for my vegetable soup. 🙂


  • Olive oil (1 tablespoon) – $Neglible
  • Celery (3 stalks) – $1.50
  • Garlic (1-4 cloves…I love garlic, so I go big) – 50 cents
  • Onion (1) – 50 cents
  • Carrots (to taste…I used a third of a bag of baby carrots) – 50 cents
  • Broth of your choice (44 ounces) – $2.50
  • Diced tomatoes (1 can…14 ounces) – 50 cents
  • Tomato sauce (8 ounces) – 50 cents
  • Potatoes (1 large or 2 small) – $1
  • Cabbage (to taste…I did half a head) – 50 cents
  • 3 bags of frozen vegetables (I used peas, carrots, and a mixed bag) – $3
  • Garlic powder (1 tablespoon) – $Neglible
  • Onion powder (1 tablespoon) – $Neglible
  • Pepper (2 teaspoons) – $Neglible
  • Thyme (2 teaspoons) – $Neglible
  • Creole seasoning (1+ tablespoons if you like the flavor…I love it) – $Neglible
  • TOTAL = $11 for 12+ servings!

Vegetable Soup Optional Seasonings
I also used some creole seasoning (like Tony Chachere’s)…


  1. Chop up the celery, garlic, onion, and carrots.
  2. Sauté those in the pot with a little olive oil.
  3. Throw in EVERYTHING ELSE – the broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, potatoes, cabbage, the three frozen bags of vegetables, and the seasonings.
  4. Bring the entire pot to a boil while stirring every few minutes.
  5. Turn the heat to low for another 30 minutes (until the potatoes are where you want them).
  6. ENJOY!
My Vegetable Soup
Huge pot of soup…this was after 4 adults had dinner and a late dinner out of it, lol.

I paired it with my beer bread and it ended up feeding 4 hungry adults for a dinner and we had nearly a half pot left! It’s low calorie and can be vegetarian as long as you use vegetable broth instead of chicken and/or beef broth. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Cheap, Easy, and Yummy Vegetable Soup”

  1. RAnn

    I love homemade soup! The fact that it is cheap is just the icing on the cake.

  2. Personal Finance Blog

    If you want something healthy for your family, you could have this soup. Aside from being cheap and yummy, you could have more twist to make it more special.

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