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Well, I have the flu. Cough, runny nose, sore throat … the whole gang’s here. Yay? So, for today’s post I thought I’d do something timely and share with you my aunt’s recipe for a vegetable soup that is as hearty as it is healthy. Without further ado …


Vegetable Soup


  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter 
  • 1/4 c. cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 medium carrots – peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet yellow onion – diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic – rough chopped
  • 1 head of green cabbage – chopped into thin slices
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms – sliced thin, lengthwise
  • 2 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • a handful of dill – rough chopped
  • Salt and pepper – to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter and heat up the olive oil.
  2. Add the carrots and onions, keeping the heat on medium. Allow to cook until the onions turn translucent and the carrots get slightly charred around their edges.
  3. Add the garlic. Stir until you can smell the garlic aroma then …
  4. Add the cabbage and stir to combine. At the same time, sautée the mushrooms in a separate pan until golden brown.
  5. Once the mushrooms are cooked, add them to the soup pot.
  6. Pour in the vegetable stock and turn up the heat on your stove to allow the soup to boil.
  7. Once the soup comes to a boil, turn down the burner to simmer.
  8. Simmer the soup for 30 minutes then enjoy!

Ah, there’s nothing like hot, homemade vegetable soup to cure a nasty cold. Trust me, you’ll be feeling better in no time!

Melissa Kandel is a Southern California-based writer and the founder/president of little word studio. If you really want, you can follow little word studio on Instagram here.


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