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Zero-Waste Express Tomato and Vegetable Soup: Use What You Have

We all need a vegetable soup recipe that’s easy to make, adapts to the ingredients we have and allows us to use up the vegetables that are piling up in the fridge.

This comforting recipe is also your best ally for making the most of the vegetables waiting in your fridge, reducing food waste.

Recette de Soupe vide-frigo aux tomates, chou et légumes

Zero-waste vegetable & tomato soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup kale, diced or cut into strips
  • ½ cup small pasta
  • 1 cane diced tomatoes (400g)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup vegetables (green beans, broccoli, etc.) cut into chunks
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the celery and carrots for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining vegetables and onions and cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add chicken broth, thyme and diced tomatoes (with cane juice) and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Add pasta (quantity to taste, but avoid being too generous if you plan to have leftovers, as the pasta will absorb the broth).
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Continue cooking until the pasta is done.

Tips for adapting this soup recipe

Tomato, Cabbage and Vegetable soup recipe

Adaptability: which vegetables to choose

Feel free to substitute or add vegetables as you see fit.

Just about any vegetable can be used in this soup: broccoli, carrots, beans, zucchinis, cauliflower, potatoes, onions…

If you don’t have cabbage, kale can be an excellent alternative, to be added at the end of cooking to preserve its texture.

Tomato, Cabbage and Vegetable soup recipe

For an higher protein content

This vegetable soup is perfect for lunch, as a starter to a larger meal.

For a heartier soup, replace the pasta with white beans or chickpeas or lentils.

Legumes in soup
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To turn this in a meal-worthy soup, add leftover cooked chicken or cubes of firm tofu.

Tomato, Cabbage and Vegetable soup recipe


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