Meatless Vegetable Soup

Meatless Vegetable Soup is my favorite kind of Vegetable Soup. I usually eat the first big bowl as a meal and after that it is a cup here and there as a snack and to curve hunger pains. I guess I should call this my “Guilty Soup” because I always seem to make it whenever I want to drop a few pounds. It thickens up and just gets better every day as it sits in the refrigerator. I am warning you, this makes a lot!

Start out by chopping up an entire head of cabbage, onion, carrots and celery.

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Place all the veggies into a large stockpot. Add beef broth, tomatoes, spices, V-8 juice and stir.

Cook with a lid over medium heat until the cabbage cooks down enough that the liquid is just about at the top of the veggies.


Stir and turn to a simmer. Simmer with a lid until all the veggies are almost tender. Add barley and frozen veggies, cooking until tender. If it needs more liquid at any time while cooking or if it thickens up after being refrigerated, I add more V-8 juice to get it to the consistency I like. There are so many flavors going on in this soup making it absolutely fabulous!

Meatless Vegetable Soup

  • Difficulty: easy but time consuming
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1 head cabbage

2 medium onions

6 carrots

6 celery stalks

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

28 oz can of diced tomatoes

11 cups beef broth

1/2 cup barley, uncooked

16 oz bag frozen mixed veggies

24 oz V-8 juice

12 oz V-8 juice (if additional liquid is needed)

parsley for garnish


Chop the cabbage into about 1″ pieces, discarding the core. Place into a large stock pot. Cut onion, celery and carrots into 1/2″ pieces and add to the pot. Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, canned diced tomatoes, beef broth and 24 oz of V-8 juice. Sometimes I buy spicy V-8 juice just to change it up a bit. Stir and cook over medium heat with a lid until veggies are almost tender. Add barley and cook until soft. Add frozen mixed vegetables and continue cooking until tender. Garnish with parsley and enjoy…..for days!


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