This winter has been amazing with all this gorgeous snow! Soup is always a perfect choice on a chilly day. Taste the rainbow with this delicious vegetable soup. Mmmmmm.

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Total Time 45 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 35 min
Servings 9 (1 cup each)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (2 1/2 inches in diameter), chopped
  • 2 large stalks
  • celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium
  • red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrot, or chopped pumpkin, if available
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 3 teaspoons  turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 15-ounce can tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 10 ounces frozen or fresh green beans
  • 1 large leaf of chard, spinach, or kale, cut into thin strips


1. In a large soup pot, simmer oil, onion, and celery. Cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes to develop more sweetness in the onion.

2. Add garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn up the heat to medium and add the peppers and carrots. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes and add the spices. Stir and cook until fragrant—another minute or so.

3. Add tomatoes and stock, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add beans and chard and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the beans are cooked. (If using cooked cubed meat such as chicken or turkey, add at this time.) Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper as needed.

Serving Suggestions for Rainbow Soup

As the main course this soup is perfect, but be sure that you add other items for adults to eat so that they won’t be underfed. A nice starter salad with a vinaigrette dressing is appetizing before the soup. You might also try adding meat to the soup as an option for those who are not vegetarian. Or grill up some chicken, fish, beef or sausage kabobs and place them on separate plates for those who are interested in making the meal a little more hearty.