2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 large onion (chopped)
4 garlic cloves (pressed)
2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
2 large carrots (chopped)
2 small celery ribs (chopped)
1 medium turnip (chopped)
2 cups green beans (cut in 1-inch pieces)
6 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1⁄4 head cabbage (chopped)
1⁄2 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper
2 small russet potatoes (peeled and chopped)


  1. In a large soup pot, heat the one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook till nearly translucent.
  3. Now add the garlic. Don’t let the garlic brown and saute another couple of minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the chopped veggies, sauteing for just a minute or two; the extra tablespoon of olive oil is if you need it for the rest of the veggies. Remember–you’re not cooking them– just sauteing them for the wonderful flavor this quick step will infuse in your soup.
  5. Add the thyme and salt and pepper while sauteing.
  6. Now put the veggies in the crock pot, add the tomatoes and broth.
  7. Cook on low 7-9 hours (depending on your crock pot) or high 4-6 hours.
  8. Just before serving, gently mash some of the potato chunks against the side of the crock pot to thicken the soup, give it a stir and serve.

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