Hearty Manitoba Vegetable Soup

Easy Home Cooking Contest Recipe Winner 2018 – Grand Prize Winner!

When gardens are full of fresh produce, soups are a wonderful addition to dinnertime. The puree of pumpkin adds a creaminess that is unique to this soup and will help fill those tummies when the hunger hits.

Karen from Beausejour, Manitoba, makes large batches of this soup from her fall vegetables garden and freezes for later.  The flavour tastes even better the next day.                                            

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6-8


  1. You can substitute dried herbs for the fresh, simply use 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of each.
  2. If the soup becomes too thick for your liking simply add 1 to 2 cups (250 mL to 500 mL) of water.


Canola oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) 

Celery stalks, chopped


Carrots, chopped


Onions, chopped


Zucchini, chopped 1
Garlic cloves, minced


Potatoes, peeled and diced 


Tomatoes, chopped


Bay leaves


Fresh rosemary

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL)

Fresh thyme 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL)
Vegetable broth 4 cups (1 L)
Red kidney beans 1 can (19 oz/540 mL)
Chopped Swiss chard or spinach leaves 2 cups (500 mL)
Pumpkin or squash puree 1 cup (250 mL)
Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp (15 mL)
Prepared mustard 1 tsp (5 mL)
Pepper 1/2 tsp (2 mL)
Cooked small pasta or rice (optional) 1 cup (250 mL)
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)  


  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat and cook celery, onions, carrot, zucchini and garlic for about 8 minutes or until softened.
  2. Stir in potatoes, tomatoes, bay leaves, rosemary and thyme. Add broth and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. 
  3. Stir in Swiss chard, pumpkin puree, Worcestershire, mustard and pepper; simmer about 10 minutes or until chard is wilted. Stir in pasta, if using and heat through. 
  4. Sprinkle each serving with cheese if desired.

Nutrition information per serving: 

Calories: 277 kcal

Protein: 11 g

Fat: 4 g

Carbohydrate: 53 g

Fibre: 10 g

Sodium: 569 mg

Calcium: 99 mg

Iron: 3 mg

Last Update – December 22, 2022

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