Fall Vegetable Soup with Spicy Gremolata

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 15 ingredients

This golden fall vegetable soup couldn’t be easier, it’s just vegetables, herbs and water, and once the prep is done, there’s really not much cooking to do at all. The ingredient list was inspired...

Watch the video to learn how to make it.


  • 1 whole dried chipotle pepper pod, or ½ teaspoon of dried chipotle
  • 1-pound kabocha or butter cup squash, seeded, and diced
  • ½-pound onions or leeks, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 1-pound Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed, quartered lengthwise, and sliced to form a dice
  • ½-pound green beans, topped, tailed, cut into ¾-inch lengths
  • ½-pound zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thickly sliced to form a dice (optional)
  • 1 bouquet garni (see Ann’s Tips)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup small whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, to taste (optional)
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 recipe Spicy Gremolata

Nutrition Facts


270 cals


1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


56 g


5 g


10 g


12 g


605 mg


  1. Place all of the soup vegetables into a large pot, except for the canned beans and the macaroni.
  2. Add the bouquet garni and 3 quarts of water, or enough to cover the vegetables by 1-inch. Add the salt. Bring to a boil, cover and let simmer gently for an hour or until the vegetables are tender and the squash can be mashed against the sides of the pan. While the soup is cooking, prepare the Spicy Gremolata (to learn how, click here).
  3. Remove the bouquet garni. Mash some of the squash against the pan to thicken the broth. Add the beans, cook for 10 minutes. Taste for salt. Add the macaroni. Cook until al dente. Stir in the Spicy Herb Pesto and serve immediately with the grated cheese.

Chef Tips

Traditional Basil Pesto is also delicious stirred into this soup.

A bouquet garni is basically a bundle of herbs that is added to soups and stews to add flavor. They are particularly useful in vegetarian cooking. If you don’t have all the herbs, it’s not the end of the world. I often use just fresh parsley, bay leaf and dried rosemary. If you use cheesecloth for a wrapper, you could also add ½ teaspoon of whole black peppercorns.

To make a bouquet garni:

Lay 3 to 4 stems of flat leaf parsley together on a cutting board. On the leafy end, lay a bay leaf, a sprig of fresh thyme, a couple of sage leaves and a small sprig of fresh rosemary.

Roll the leaves together so that they end up wrapped in the parsley stems. Wrap in cheesecloth or tie with kitchen twine to secure the bundle. That’s it.

Registered Dietitian Approved

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