Top 11 Vegetable Soup Recipes For Kids

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Children are quite fussy eaters, especially when it comes to eating their vegetables. However, many children enjoy slurping down soups, so you could encourage them to eat their greens with some delicious vegetable soup recipes for kids. Soups can help keep children hydrated when they are feeling unwell.

Vegetables are important for the overall growth and development of children. They are rich in several nutrients that are essential for protecting the body from different illnesses and help in maintaining a healthy body. However, as per a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) report, it is concerning that children aged one to five fail to meet the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Moreover, about one-half of children did not consume a vegetable daily in the preceding week in 2021. These statistics highlight the need to find creative ways to promote regular vegetable consumption among children.

Keep reading this post as we have compiled a list of tasty vegetable soups recipes for children that will help ensure their daily vegetable requirements are met.

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Top 11 Easy Vegetable Soup Recipes For Kids

These easy-to-make and healthy soup recipes will make some delicious quick meals for your kids:

1. Sweet Potato Soup:

Sweet potato vegetable soup recipe for kids

Image: IStock

You Will Need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Plain rice milk
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Nutmeg Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste – optional
  • Chopped spinach
  • Chopped parsley for garnish – optional

How To:

  1. Bake the sweet potatoes. Leave them aside to cool. Peel the potatoes and mash them well in a bowl.
  2. Take a large pan and add all the ingredients in it. Keep it on medium heat and let the mix boil.
  3. You can add more rice milk if you feel the soup is turning thick.
  4. Turn off the heat and let it cool for about a couple of hours. Add some garnish if you want.
  5. You can add some baked, grilled, or boiled veggies and couscous to this soup to create a healthy and kid-friendly stew.

protip_icon Quick tip
Add half a teaspoon of homemade, sauteed ginger-garlic paste to enhance the dish’s aroma and flavor.

2. Creamy Broccoli Soup:

You Will Need:

Salt and black pepper to taste – optional

How To Make:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onions and sauté until they turn golden.
  2. Add the broccoli and water and let it boil.
  3. Put the mix in a blender and add the beans.
  4. Now transfer the mix back to the pan and heat it. Add the dill and the seasoning along with the tofu.

3. Tofu And Vegetable Soup:

Tofu soup recipe for kids

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Vegetable broth
  • Chopped baby corn
  • Red bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • baby spinach leaves
  • Peas
  • Fresh ginger paste – optional
  • Tofu
  • Minced scallions
  • Salt, black pepper or soy sauce – optional
  • Water

How To Make:

  1. Heat a pot. Add the broth, baby corn, and ginger. Bring it all to a simmer.
  2. Next add the bell peppers, peas, broccoli, tofu, and peas. You can also add water.
  3. Add the scallions and spinach and stir.
  4. Add soy sauce, salt or pepper and serve after five minutes.
  5. Enjoy this low-calorie soup with warm and crusty bread/rolls, or cooked rice to make the meal more wholesome.

4. Tomato Soup:

You Will Need:

  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper – optional
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Balsamic vinegar – optional
  • Sugar

How To Make:

  1. Add the tomatoes, onion, broth, and garlic in a pot and cook it on medium flame. Let it all boil. Reduce the heat and let the mix simmer. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Put the mix in a blender and churn.
  3. In a pan, heat the butter and add flour. Stir until it turns brown. Add the tomato mix. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar and cook until the soup is thick. Garnish with basil.

5. Split Pea Soup:

Split pea soup recipe

Image: IStock

You Will Need:

  • Green peas
  • Vegetable broth
  • Water
  • Chopped potatoes
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Dry mustard
  • Cumin
  • Bay leaves
  • Salt and black pepper – optional

How To Make:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a soup pot.
  2. Let it cook for about four hours on medium heat.

6. Tomato Barley And Vegetable Soup:

You Will Need:

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped celery
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Vegetable broth
  • Barley
  • Salt and pepper – optional

How To Make:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onions and garlic.
  2. Add the celery and carrots and stir until tender.
  3. Add tomatoes, vegetable broth, seasoning and barley and stir. Let it all boil.
  4. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for another 30 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach and seasoning and cook for ten minutes.
  6. Add the spinach and seasoning and cook for ten minutes and serve this hearty one-pot meal warm.

7. Cauliflower Soup:

Cauliflower vegetable soup recipe for kids

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper – optional
  • Flour
  • Vegetable broth
  • Cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Red pepper flakes – optional

How To Make:

  1. Heat the oil in a pot. Add onions, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the vegetables turn tender.
  2. Add flour and cook for another four to five minutes. Add the vegetable broth and mix well. Add the cauliflower.
  3. Let this all boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer until the cauliflower turns tender.
  4. Churn the mix in a blender. Put it back into the pot and cook on medium flame.
  5. Add the cream and red pepper flakes. Let it come to a boil.
  6. Garnish with cheese.
protip_icon Quick tip
Replace cheese with a small pinch of nutmeg powder and a teaspoon of lemon juice to make a flavorful variant of this soup.

8. Sweet Corn Soup:

You Will Need:

  • Sweet corns
  • Milk
  • Corn flour
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Chopped spring onions
  • Salt and pepper – optional

How To Make:

  1. Cook the corn separately in a pressure cooker until tender.
  2. Put the remaining corn in a blender and add half of the milk and salt. Blend to make a smooth paste. Strain the mix.
  3. Put it in a pan and cook on low heat. Add some milk and coriander in the pan. Let it boil on a medium flame for about five minutes.
  4. Use the remaining milk to dissolve the corn flour. Mix well and add to the pan along with the seasoning.
  5. Garnish with spring onions.
protip_icon Quick tip
Replace milk with its plant-based alternatives, such as coconut or almond milk, if your child is allergic to animal milk.

9. Potato Soup:

Potato soup recipe

Image: IStock

You Will Need:

  • Potato cubes
  • Diced carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Vegetable stock
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cream
  • Chopped scallions – optional

How To Make:

  1. In a pan, add the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and vegetable stock.
  2. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat.
  3. Before you serve the soup, add the cheese and cream. Serve with scallions.

10. Lentil And Vegetable Soup:

You Will Need:

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Bay leaves
  • Water or vegetable broth
  • Green lentils
  • Salt – optional

How To Make:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic and cook until tender.
  2. Add the broth, lentils and bay leaves.
  3. Cook over medium heat for about thirty minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and cook for another fifteen to twenty minutes.
  5. Add spinach and salt and cook until tender. Remove from heat and serve.
protip_icon Quick tip
Add chopped tomato and a teaspoon of lemon juice to add tanginess to this soup.

11. Roasted Carrot Soup:

Roasted Carrot Soup

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Carrots (peeled, cut into ½ -inch slices)
  • Thinly sliced onion
  • Peeled garlic cloves
  • Olive oil
  • Ground cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Tomatoes (boiled and peeled)
  • Dried basil
  • Plain Greek yogurt (or coconut milk for vegan and dairy-free)
  • Fresh basil (optional)
  • salt

How To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray cooking oil on two baking sheets and set aside
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the carrots, onions, and garlic placed in a large bowl. Add  salt, cumin, and pepper and toss to make an even coat
  3. Spread the veggie-spice mix in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets
  4. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender and browned (turn the veggies twice in between)
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes
  6. Add roasted vegetables and boiled tomatoes to a blender and puree until smooth
  7. Transfer the puree to a heavy-bottomed pot
  8. Stir in basil and yogurt and bring to a gentle simmer and let cook for about 10 minutes.
  9. Add salt and pepper to desired taste
  10. Serve warm. Use fresh basil and/or Greek yogurt as topping

You can mix and match all the ingredients as per your child’s taste and preference.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does homemade vegetable soup last in the refrigerator to feed children?

Vegetable soup can be refrigerated for about 3-4 days if packed and stored properly (1). But, make sure to reheat the soup adequately before feeding it to your children.

2. Can children have spicy vegetable soup?

Yes. Children can eat spicy food, including spicy vegetable soup. However, serve it in moderation to avoid potential gastrointestinal discomfort.

3. Which soup is best for cold in children?

A warm chicken soup works best for relieving the symptoms of cold in children (2).

A warm chicken soup works best for relieving the cold symptoms in children (2). Experts believe chicken soup contains several nutrients, such as lean protein, vitamins, and minerals, that impart the soup its immune-boosting effects, which help alleviate common cold symptoms.

Vegetables are an essential part of a nutritious, balanced diet. But it may not be easy to feed children vegetables as most of them turn out to be picky eaters. Thus, we have prepared this list of easy-to-prepare and healthy vegetable soups you can make for your little one, and they won’t even realize they have vegetables. You can also add seasonal vegetables to make soups more tasty and fun. Moreover, these soups can be made easily with your kitchen’s ingredients, making them budget-friendly. So, mix and match ingredients and prepare a delicious soup that your child will surely enjoy.

Infographic: Delicious Vegetable Soups For Children

Children typically do not favor vegetables or other nutritious food products because they do not enjoy the taste. But, by offering them one of these vegetable soups, you can change their perspective on the food and make them crave more. Go through this infographic to explore mouth-savoring soups for your child.

tasty veggie soup for children (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Vegetable soups can be a great way to get children to eat their vegetables.
  • Vegetables are crucial for children’s growth and development.
  • Plant-based milk is a good alternative to animal milk for lactose-intolerant children.
  • Soup can help keep children hydrated when they’re sick.
  • Vegetable soup can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days and reheated easil
Vegetable Soup Recipes For Kids_illustration

Image: Stable Diffusion/MomJunction Design Team


Watch this video and learn to make a creamy veg soup without using any cream! Get your kids to devour veggies with this tasty recipe.

References

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  1. Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart.
    https://refb.org/file_download/inline/eca28d0c-e507-4663-8576-3cf98022f025
  2. Vicky Cerino; Got a cold or flu? Try chicken soup to ease symptoms.
    https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=5163
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