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Vegetable Quinoa Soup

Soup season is in full swing and I am loving every second. On Monday, I made a big pot of Vegetable Quinoa Soup and I can’t get enough. This healthy soup is just what I needed after our indulgent trip to California:) It is loaded with veggies-carrots, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and green beans. I added quinoa to “beef” it up, don’t worry, there is no beef in the soup. This soup is vegan and gluten-free…and one of my favorite vegetable soup recipes. 

I also made this soup to celebrate my dear friend Lisa because today we are throwing her a surprise baby shower! Surprise Lisa! I got together with my blogging buds (Brian, Gaby, and Marla) to plan a fun virtual baby shower for Lisa. We wish we could all celebrate with Lisa in person, but since we are all over the country, this virtual shower will have to do.

Lisa is having a baby boy any day now and we are SO excited for her and her husband, Ben. They are going to be wonderful parents. We are already planning family vacations together. We know Caleb and Baby Boy Thiele will be best buds for life:)

Lisa and I are similar in so many ways. I really think we are sisters. We even craved the same things during our pregnancies-grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, and frozen yogurt/ice cream. Being pregnant also turned us off to vegetables, which is crazy for us. We are usually veggie loving fools! So Lisa might not appreciate this Vegetable Quinoa Soup just yet, but I hope her love for veggies will come back after she has the baby-mine did!

This soup is perfect for new parents because it’s easy to make and you can eat it for days! Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients, protein, and warms the soul.

Congratulations Lisa and Ben! We are so thrilled for you! Baby boys are the BEST! We can’t wait to meet your little guy. Caleb is anxiously awaiting for his buddy to arrive:) And maybe we will have to make a special trip to visit so we can make you this Vegetable Quinoa Soup. Love and miss you guys! xo


Vegetable Quinoa Soup

Yield: Serves 6-8

A healthy and hearty vegetable soup!


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 box (32 ounces) vegetale broth (I used Pacific Natural Foods)
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 cups cooked quinoa
Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, and basil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in the cooked quinoa and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.

Note: To cook the quinoa, rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold water. Add quinoa, 2 cups water, and a pinch of salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

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148 Responses to “Vegetable Quinoa Soup”

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  7. Erica — October 17, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    Perfect! I was actually just talking about making a quinoa salad for tailgating next weekend. If its chilly, maybe I’ll find a way to pack up quinoa soup instead! Congrats to the mama to be!

  8. Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 17, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Such a sweet post! I know Lisa will just love this soup!

  9. What a cute post and your soup looks fantastic! I just love vegetable soup and adding quinoa is a wonderful idea!!

  10. Rachel Cooks — October 17, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Lisa is a lucky girl! What a great baby shower you all have put together. This soup looks fabulous!

  11. This looks great for a cozy fall day! Now I’m off to check out what the others made!

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  14. Ashley — October 17, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Quinoa in veggie soup? I’m all over this! Looks perfect! All of those shower dishes sound great!

  15. Meghan — October 17, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I LOVE this recipe! Makes me warm inside just looking at it. I’ll have to make this soon. It’s going to be in the upper 60’s today in Chicago but I’m sure it will be soup weather again by the weekend!

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  17. Joanie Zisk — October 17, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    What a great idea to put quinoa in vegetable soup! Love it!

  18. Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 17, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Maria, we are all about the comforting fall soups! Yours looks incredible. Thanks for organizing the shower!

  19. Cookbook Queen — October 17, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    This soup looks so yummy and comforting…and yay Lisa! I am so excited to see her little one and wish her all the best :)

  20. Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 17, 2012 @ 12:02 pm


  21. natalie@thesweetslife — October 17, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    i put quinoa in chili last year for the first time and we LOVED it!! definitely need to try this variation for when i’m needing extra veggies!

  22. Adam — October 17, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    We haven’t had much luck with Quinoa in the past. We haven’t tried a soup though. This looks awesome.

  23. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 17, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Lucky Lisa – so cool! This soup looks fabulous!

  24. Julia — October 17, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    I just printed this and can’t wait to try it out!! It looks so warm and comforting. Love all of those veggies too.

  25. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — October 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Healthy and delish. Lisa is going to LOVE this.

    I’d love a bowl now. With you. And Lisa. Oh, and Caleb :)


  26. Katie — October 17, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    So I got up at 1am my time to make sure my post had posted for the shower, and your recipe was the FIRST one I looked at. Then I wanted vegetable quinoa soup in the middle of the night. It looks that darn good.

  27. Lisa | With Style and Grace — October 17, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    This actually sounds soooooo good right now! With the dropping temperatures and the unsettled stomach, all I’ve been craving is soup. This post is great – you know me so well :) I love the friendship we have and CANNOT wait to do family vacation and get our little boys together! Thank you so much for putting this together, I feel so incredibly loved! xoxo

  28. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 17, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    I love the idea of adding quinoa to soup! And I love all the summer veggies in here…we are still getting some of those here in California :)

  29. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 17, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    This soup looks delish, I love all the veggies!

  30. Deborah Nowland — October 17, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I just discovered red quinoa. (They have it at Winco). I have been substituting red quinoa in my salad and soup recipes lately and I LOVE it! You should try substituting red quinoa in this recipe! It would be fantastic! Try it, you will like it!

  31. Kristen — October 17, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    What a comforting bowl of soup!

  32. Kari@Loaves and Dishes — October 17, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    This is a terrific soup for anytime of year.

  33. Cara — October 17, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    This looks so good – and so Peruvian (they make great veggie soup there, and they put quinoa in it!).

  34. Cassie | Bake Your Day — October 17, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Quinoa is a genius addition to vegetable soup. LOVE this!

  35. Minnie@thelady8home — October 17, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    Awww….what a lovely thought! The salad looks gorgeous!

  36. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 17, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Ahhhh, soup season is upon us. Would love to add this to my mix!

  37. Cookin' Canuck — October 17, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    This looks like a soup that’s begging to be made in double and triple batches, and frozen for future meals. As you said…perfect for a new mama. Congratulations, Lisa!

  38. Jeanette — October 17, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    What a great way to celebrate Lisa’s first baby! I would love a bowl of his hearty healthy soup!

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  40. Kasey — October 17, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    This sounds so wonderful! You and Lisa seem to have a wonderful friendship. I’m a few months away from giving birth myself and I’m excited to try this soup (thankfully, I’ve still been loving my veggies).

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