Vegetable Medley Soup with Homemade Croutons

This soothing vegetable soup, packed with a variety of fresh ingredients, serves as a gentle remedy for the stomach while also delighting the palate. Accompanied by homemade croutons, it provides a comforting meal that nourishes both body and soul.


For the Soup:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 chili pepper, minced (optional for heat)
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Thyme, to taste
  • 1 liter of vegetable broth
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

For the Croutons:

  • 3 slices of bread, cubed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Dried garlic
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Oregano


  1. Prepare the Soup:
    • In a large pot, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, leeks, celery, carrot, and bell pepper. Sauté until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the garlic and chili pepper (if using) and cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
    • Stir in the diced zucchini and potatoes, then season with salt, black pepper, and thyme. Cook for a few minutes to let the flavors meld.
    • Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
    • Adjust seasoning to taste and stir in fresh parsley just before serving.
  2. Make the Croutons:
    • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Toss the cubed bread with olive oil, salt, dried garlic, red pepper flakes, and oregano until evenly coated.
    • Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
  3. Serve:
    • Ladle the hot soup into bowls and top with a generous helping of homemade croutons.


  • Variety: Feel free to vary the vegetables based on what’s available in your pantry or what’s in season.
  • Vegan Option: Ensure that the bread used for the croutons is vegan if you are adhering to a vegan diet.
  • Storage: This soup stores well and can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for longer storage.

Enjoy this comforting bowl of vegetable soup day or night, perfect for soothing the stomach and boosting your health with every spoonful!