Vegetable Soup with Broth

These past two weeks have been very difficult and exhausting. My toddler has been very sick with fever, cough and runny nose. He doesn’t seem to catch a break. As soon as he gets little bit better, he catches something else and is sick all over again. His appetite is completely gone, and he is not able to swallow due to throat pain. There is one soup that is always a hit with my son, even when he is very sick. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s full of vegetables, and makes a great food for recovering from illnesses. The soup is pretty easy and fast to make. I always make extra of it, because I eat it with my son. It’s a healthy meal packed with nutritious essentials. This time around since my son was having throat pain, I cooked my soup a lot longer than I usually do so my potatoes were essentially coming apart. Usually, I cook it for approximately 7 minutes less than I did this time around.

Here is the recipe for the soup:


  1. Potato (white)-4 medium
  2. Carrots-2 medium
  3. Celery-2  sticks
  4. Cilantro-1 cup
  5. Vermicelli noodles (can use rice instead)-1 cup
  6.  Chicken broth or vegetable broth-4cups
  7. Mushrooms (optional)-1.5 cups (I did not have any this time, so I did not use it)
  8. Water-2 cups
  9. Salt (to taste)
  10. Pepper (to taste)
  11. Fenugreek (to taste)
  12. Curry powder (to taste)
  13. Turmeric (optional)


  1. Cut the potatoes, carrots, celery, and mushrooms into your desired sizes. Add the to a pot, pour the chicken or vegetable stock on it, and also pour 2 cups of water. Add the spices (salt, pepper, fenugreek, curry powder, turmeric) to the broth and vegetables, give it a stir, and let it cook on medium heat until potatoes are almost cooked. You don’t want it to be completely cooked and softened, the potatoes need to be 5 minutes away from being cooked.
  2. Check the soup often, once the potatoes are almost cooked, add the vermicelli noodles to it. (Note: if you are going to use rice instead of noodles, then add the rice in the beginning with the vegetables. Let it cook on medium heat for 3 more minutes. Once the noodles are cooked, take the pot off the stove, and remove it from the heat.
  3. When the soup is no longer boiling, add the cilantro to it, and give it a quick stir. Soup is ready to be enjoyed.


I hope you will give this recipe a try, and let me know how you liked it. What are some of your go to recipes when your little one is under the weather?

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