The simplest way to make a vegetable soup is to simmer some chopped vegetables in a pot of water or broth. Add spices and herbs and perhaps some other ingredients. Raisins, garlic, fruit, nuts, cream, chili, and rice can all be used, and there are many more ingredients you can throw in too.
Obviously, you will need to decide which ingredients will go nicely with the soup you are making. If you are making a carrot and orange soup, you might like to add some curry powder, raisins, and peanuts to make it a curried soup. Add some potatoes or rice too and stir in some cream just before serving the soup.
If you are using chicken broth and an assortment of vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms, cauliflower, rutabaga, and carrots, you can add herbs to bring out the flavor. Add dried herbs when you add the vegetables or fresh herbs near the end of the cooking time.
When making sweet soups, like a recipe for pumpkin soup, you might like to add cream, sugar and maybe some nutmeg or cinnamon to bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin. Alternatively, you can use salt, garlic, onion powder, and herbs to make a more savory soup. Throw in all the ingredients, cook the soup until the vegetables are tender and then serve it as it is or puree it in a blender.
Vegetable soup has to be the easiest soup to make. If you fancy a healthy, wholesome and simple lunch or supper, what about making a bowl of pumpkin soup, broccoli broth or mixed vegetable soup? Soup is easy enough for anybody to master and if you have some vegetables past their prime in the refrigerator, you can use them to make a wonderful meal.