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Simple Vegetable Rice Soup

Perfect for a light meal or a side dish this simple vegetable rice soup is made with classic vegetables, chicken broth, and rice. Reminiscent of chicken noodle soup but simpler and lighter.

This Simple Vegetable Rice Soup is perfect as a comforting side dish or a light meal
This easy and simple vegetable rice soup is a comforting and healthy

At our house we call this ‘sick soup’ mostly because when I see the signs of a cold coming or when someone isn’t feeling well, I drop what I was going to make for dinner and fix this instead. Simple and comforting I almost always have all the ingredients on hand. So today I will be sharing this much loved family recipe, ‘sick soup’ or more commonly Simple Vegetable Rice Soup.

Now just because I call this ‘sick soup’ doesn’t mean I always make it when we are sick or you have to make it when you are sick. I make this soup as both a side dish and a main dish depending on the day. As a main dish I’ll often pair it with a salad or a simple sandwich like a grilled cheese, you know the deal ‘pick two’ soup, salad, sandwich… As a side I usually will pair it if I am making a meal based around meat to even the meal out, so I’ll pair it with a roast chicken or pork chops. 

In my house I consider all the ingredients I have in this soup staples so I am able to make it at a drop of a hat, so let’s take a look at what is in this!

onions, carrots, celery (mirepoix) on a cutting board for the soup

The Ingredients

Vegetables. The vegetables for this soup I consider basic and staples, onion, carrots, and celery. This trio of vegetables is also known as the ‘holy trio’ in some cuisines and in French cooking is called Mirepoix. A perfect base to a simple soup. Although a mirepoix is usually 2 parts onions, 1 part carrot, 1 part celery, for this soup I decided more carrots and celery was best.

The broth/water. So to be fair this part I definitely do a little different every time and feel free to use what works best for you. I either use my homemade chicken broth, bouillon with water, or store-bought broth. I also will sometimes use 4 cups broth and 4 cups water or when I want a richer flavor I will do all 8 cups broth. 

Rice. I usually have Jasmine rice in my pantry so thats what I use, but almost any kind should work here. I would give your rice a quick doneness test before you serve it though if you do use a different kind. 

Seasonings. I only season this with dried parsley because I like the simpleness of the soup and I don’t want to take away from that but you could also add a touch of salt or some bay leaves if you were looking for a little more flavor. 

close up of a pot full of simple vegetable rice soup

The Method

In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until tender and translucent.

Add chicken broth and water, bring to a boil.

At a roiling boil add the rice and parsley. Cover, reduce to medium heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender. Serve immediately.

simple vegetable rice soup ready to serve in the pot

a bowl of simple veggie and rice soup

TIPS & TRICKS

• You can add other vegetables you have on hand, mushrooms, chopped potatoes, or peppers would all be a lovely addition to this soup

• This soup doesn’t keep super well, the rice absorbs most of the moisture if it sits overnight, my kids still love to eat it this way but it won’t be as watery as it originally was

carrots, celery, and rice in a soup pot

Simple Vegetable Rice Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

perfect for a light meal or a side dish this simple soup is made with classic vegetables and rice

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth*
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until tender and translucent.
  2. Add chicken broth and water, bring to a boil.
  3. At a roiling boil add the rice and parsley. Cover, reduce to medium heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender. Serve immediately.

Notes

*I almost always use Better than Bouillon to make this soup. You can also use a full 8 cups of broth for a deeper flavor.

I don't find that I need extra salt in this soup but depending on what broth you use you may want to add a little

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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Peace & Love

Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

P.S. Looking for more soups like my Simple Vegetable Rice Soup? Check out my Homestyle Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup or my Slow Cooker Black Bean Tortilla Soup.

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Taylor B

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

This recipe is wonderful. I love how flexible it is, being able to really add whatever ingredients I have on hand. Thank you so much!

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 7th of April 2022

I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a message!

Jonathon

Monday 7th of March 2022

Stumbled across this recipe while looking for well a soup recipe..I added cabbage to it as an extra mainly because I was looking for a cabbage soup recipe. This soup is very fragrant and the taste will simply have your taste buds wanting more..I will definitely make this again but next time I won't alter it. Thank you for this recipe it will serve well on cool nights.

Lauren Schmidt

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Thanks Jonathon!

Camryn

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Both myself and my boyfriend love this recipe! I make it quite often, and sometimes add shredded chicken. I oftentimes freeze it in small batches for lunches, etc.

Lauren Schmidt

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Thanks so much! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment! I am glad to hear it freezes well for you.

Tiffanie

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Made this tonight for my daughter but kept the rice separate for storage and add them together when making a bowl. Helps it keep longer.

Judith Mcclung

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

@Lauren Schmidt, I also appreciate the rice tip.

Lauren Schmidt

Friday 19th of November 2021

Love hearing about the rice tip! Thanks!!

Jessica

Thursday 9th of September 2021

If you add chicken when should that be added?

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 9th of September 2021

If it is raw chicken you'll want to put it in at the beginning. To make it even easier for you I have a recipe for basically this same soup but with chicken you can find it here: https://theschmidtywife.com/chicken-rice-soup-recipe/

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