Winter Vegetable Soup

Written By: Shana Brewer


After the festivities of the winter holidays, and eating our hearts out with candy on Valentine’s day, it’s always a good idea to give your body a little bit of a break, and a boost, with a soup filled with warming vegetables and broth.


This recipe is deliciously simple, and can be made either with a traditional stove top method or with your instant pot!


Vegetable Soup Recipe:



1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium onion, chopped

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp, tomato paste

2 cups chopped cabbage

2 c. small cauliflower florets

2 carrots peeled and sliced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes

4 c. low sodium vegetable broth

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

3/4 tsp. paprika

Freshly chopped



  1. 1. Set instant Pot to “Saute” and add oil, onion and garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion softens (about 5 minutes). Add tomato paste and cook, stirring 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.


2. Lock lid and set machine to cook at high pressure for 12 minutes. When finished, carefully turn steam valve to “venting” position to release pressure.


3. Stir soup and season with salt and pepper.


4. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil before serving.


Variations and Notes:


  1. 1. For a lower-carb variation, go ahead and omit the Kidney beans

2. Substitute bone broth for veggie broth any time!

3. You can add any veggies that you want! Especially ones that are about to turn.

4. For more substance, throw in your pasta of choice!


Shana Brewer

Shana began her professional career in 2001 as a Food Scientist at Ingredion in Bridgewater, NJ after graduating from Penn State University with a BS in Food Science. Throughout her tenure at National Starch/Ingredion, Shana led the development of several unique and successful modified food starches that have remained workhorse ingredients for the prepared food industry today. Shana’s technical success enabled her transition into various marketing, sales, business development, and management roles within the company. Shana left Ingredion in 2014 when her family decided to move to from NJ to WI. In 2015, she graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA with an MBA in Food Marketing.

A Rower at Penn State, Shana has always had a passion for sports and exercise. Now given the opportunity to follow her heart, Shana is an ACE® Certified personal trainer and is passionate about the opportunity to share what she loves with others, particularly in the areas of cardio, strength, and interval training.

Shana is mother of three boys: Jackson (12), Anderson 10), and Miles (4) and lives in Mequon with her husband, Steve.

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