Stove-Top Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

Let this soup simmer all day on the woodstove and enjoy this homemade vegetable soup recipe while hunkered down during the winter months.

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  • Vegetables (turnips, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, beans, peas, corn, etc.), cut into pieces or chunks
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 6 or more baby carrots, cut into chunks or pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut into small pieces
  • 1 small can whole kernel corn (fresh is even better)
  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 5 cups water
  • Meat, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons or 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can stewed or diced tomatoes with juice
  • Leftover rice, noodles, broccoli or whatever’s in the fridge 


  • Place all vegetables in large pot and add water. If adding meat, brown in butter first, then add to pot.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for at least 3 hours. We usually cook it 4 to 5 hours. Check liquid level every now and then. Otherwise, let it simmer. I usually put it toward the back of the woodstove as well, where it’s hotter. If it seems to be getting too hot, move it to the front.
  • Serve with fresh bread for an unbelievably good meal and just the right thing for a cold winter night. Yields 3 to 4 servings.  

Soup is another dish that works well on a woodstove. Once you have all the ingredients from this Homemade Vegetable Soup recipe in the pot, let the soup simmer all day. I check occasionally to make sure there is enough liquid, but other than that, I leave it alone.