For a soup that will warm you up, wake up your taste buds with it’s kick of peppery flavor, and keep you full for hours, this nine vegetable hot and sour soup just can’t be beat!
nine vegetable hot and sour soup

Code red, I repeat, CODE RED.

We have a soup identity crisis on our hands.

Of the worst(/best) kind.


On the one hand, it’s SOUP. There’s a serious broth flava situation going on here. It’s spicy, it’s sour, it’s tangy, it’s savory, it’s salty – it’s everything you wanted your neighborhood Chinese takeout’s hot and sour soup to be, but wasn’t.

And on theΒ other hand it’s full of every vegetable (celery and celeriac notwithstanding because I despise them with the heat and fury of a thousand suns) I could stuff into the pot. So, STEW.


Add to that the complicating factor of a fiance who thinks soups are for the birds while stews are the bee’s knees, so everything that comes out of the kitchen has to be named in a very calculated fashion.

It’s a hot mess. No, but literally.


Well, obviously I went with soup. Because I had a bowl and was so pleasantly surprised/ that I was all like, “uh, NOT sharing”.

And then the.boy got home from work and tasted it and he too With soup that he insists is a stew.

Uh, yeah, this recipe is going to need a lot of psychotherapy. And so, apparently, are our future children. Be warned.

Also, this soup/stew/(I-refuse-call-it-stoup-because-UGH-RACHAEL-RAY) makes enough to feed a small army. It’s a good thing.


One year ago…Chipotle Black Bean Soup with Avocado Cream

Three years ago…Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Chinese Nine-Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup
For a soup that will warm you up and keep you full for hours, this nine-vegetable hot and sour soup just can't be beat!
Yield: 8 servings
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • ½ savoy cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 2½ quarts water or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 8 oz extra firm tofu cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 4 baby bok choy, thinly sliced
  • 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the onions, ginger, and chiles and cook for a few minutes, stirring. Add in the sweet potato, carrots, and cabbage. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes, or until cabbage starts to wilt. Add in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, cold water, and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add the zucchini, bell peppers, and tofu to the pot. Simmer until the veggies are tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the soy sauce mixture and stir until the soup thickens, about 8 minutes. Add in the bok choy and tomatoes and bring the soup back to a simmer. Stir in the sesame oil.
Adapted from The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health: More Than 200 New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Delicious and Nutrient-Rich Dishes
*To give the tofu that porous, spongy texture, freeze it overnight in it's liquid and then thaw it in the the fridge or by immersing it in a bowl of warm water.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl


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99 Responses to Nine Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup

  1. Kathryn says:

    Love all the veggies that you’ve packed into this and the fact that it packs a real flavour punch. Super warming + delicious!

  2. Oh yum! This looks so perfect for this cold cold weather! I always enjoy hot and sour soup and this one looks so healthy!

  3. That looks delicious! I love celeriac myself, but even I wouldn’t add it to this, it’s such a thug, it takes over everything you put it in.

  4. Monica says:

    This colorful soup really caught my eye. I love all the jam-packed veggies, the colors and the hot & sour flavor and textures. So perfect for this insanely cold winter. I’ve made hot & sour soup but never like this. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I love this super colorful hearty dish! And loved that you including my favorite vegetable – sweet potato – in there! Looks so comforting on this cold winter day!

  6. Barbara says:

    So pleased to have this recipe, Joanne. My DIL loves this soup, orders it every single time she eats at a Chinese restaurant. This will be head and shoulders over anything she’s tasted…looks delicious. And she’s in Michigan….perfect for the weather they’re having!

  7. This is sure to warm the soul on a cold winter’s day! Love all the colors and flavors.

  8. gloria says:

    I love this soup Joanne and I love all the veggies you put!

  9. Whatever you call it, it looks like my kind of meal! I haven’t tried freezing tofu yet but I think I will shortly. πŸ™‚

  10. Soup, stew, whatever. It’s hot and liquidy and will keep me warm on this -20 degree day. Plus I ate half a pan of brownies last night, so I could probably use all of the vegetables. Sounds tasty!

  11. Oh I love the idea of a big bowl of vegetable soup that tastes like hot and sour. I wouldn’t have wanted to share, either!

  12. Nice soup! Love hot and sour soups!

  13. patsy says:

    That soup is perfect for these bone-chillin’ days we are experiencing! Good thing it makes enough for a small army… you might have one beating down your door asking for a bowl!

  14. oh yum. i can eat a whole pot of veggie soup on my own. Luckily, my significant other mainly thinks of soup as wet crackers (as many crackers as he can cram into the bowl without spilling). More for me!

  15. This soup is right up my alley!! LOVE!

  16. the.boy and my husband would be great friends! My husband LOVES stew and thinks soup is for birds as well. Haha made me laugh! This soup sounds absolutely incredible and perfect for how freezing cold it is right now!

  17. Gorgeous – this looks so hearty and healthy and something that I can definitely make in advance.

  18. Megan says:

    I have the worst cold right now and made a minestrone soup over the weekend to help me feel better. I tried to cram as many vegetables in as possible but didn’t use nearly as many as you did! Love how chock-full of the good stuff this soup is.

  19. Deena kakaya says:

    I love hot and sour soup! The mine vegetables tempt me even more, your recipe looks so well balanced. X

  20. SallyBR says:

    Stoup. Every time she says that in the show, explaining EVERY SINGLE TIME the rationale behind the “cute name”, my eye rolls so much to the ceiling that I fear they will never come back to the normal position. She gets on my nerves. Can you tell?

    I will go with soup, The Boy will have to forgive me. In fact I wish I had a bowl right now, I had a bad cold and today is my first day feeling 60% ok.,

    • DRP says:

      I LOVE Rachel Ray’s little idiosyncratic expressions. It’s what makes her unique and sincere, Be nice and enjoy the show and this delicious looking STOUP!

  21. Very Nice! Love a soup with a punch of hot and spicy all at the same time! Great recipe! Stay warm today!! Its freezing here! xxoo

  22. danielle says:

    I love a chunky soup – this sounds great!

  23. I am in LOVE! This is sooooooo good for you and has soooo many veggies, yet looks super satisfying! YAYYYY! I am putting this in the must make pin board! Thanks Joanne!

  24. Love all the gorgeous veggies in this hot and sour soup – beautiful pics Joanne!

  25. Julia says:

    Identity crisis or no, this soup looks pheeeeeeeeeeeeeenom to me!! I want to live inside of it! Love hot and sour, LOVE all them veggies! Bring on the veg!!

  26. This soup has so many levels of flavor. I love the savory sweet factor!

  27. this is exactly what i need to clear up my fridge!

  28. This sure looks like it could warm you up!

  29. i have never added cabbage before! I love that addition and this sounds delicious!

  30. Meg says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m all about soup these days. Husband and I have gotten rather fond of throwing soup into the Crock Pot in the morning and just leaving it be until our triumphant return post-work . . . like this morning. Stew steak and a ton of veggies with some crushed tomatoes, black pepper and onion soup mix . . . done!

  31. I like hot and sour…and wow…so many different kinds of veggies! Totally right up my alley.

  32. The flavors in this sound incredible! So good!

  33. On behalf of Polar Vortex 2 victims everywhere….thank you. I need to make this stat!

  34. I am digging this stew/soup/hot mess in a maaaaajor way. It looks so good!

  35. Lisa says:

    What a healthy pot of goodness. Just the thing for these brutal temperatures.

  36. Kate says:

    I could use some soup right now!

  37. This soup/stew situation is brilliant magnificence.

  38. I’ve been wanting to try making hot and sour soup at home, so this recipe looks perfect! Perhaps this weather has something to do with my craving, haha.

  39. Emma says:

    Haha, this post had me laughing out loud! Your poor future kiddos πŸ˜‰
    The soup (I’m with you!) looks wonderful and definitely some serious flavour going on. I love packing as many veggies as I can to my meals too.

  40. Pam says:

    This is a great soup for a cold day. Love all that cabbage in it!

  41. Teffy says:

    Oo yum!
    I love soup, heck I’ve even tucked into soup during the warm summer days before.
    Could make a batch and just eat it in my pyjamas!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  42. OMG!!!! I am drooling over here. The pictures are gorgeous btw, that’s the most beautiful soup I’ve ever seen. Really wish I had a bowl of this right now πŸ™‚

  43. Oh Yum Joanne! This looks so good.. Hot & Sour to a whole new level. Love it!

  44. tigerfish says:

    I made Chinese-style hot and sour soup quite recently too! Such an appetizing soup to have πŸ™‚ The typical hot and sour soup has tofu, woodear mushrooms, carrots but your version has so much more veggies. Love.

  45. This soup is winning in the health and looks department! Wowza.

  46. Oh man, this look so, so good. I wish I had a big bowl of it in front of me now!! And these pictures are gorgeous!

    Hope the wedding budget discussion went well πŸ˜‰

  47. cheri says:

    Love this soup! Looks great!

  48. Dude. You know how I feel about the celery *high five* …. those pictures are amaze-balls!!

  49. Hotly Spiced says:

    This soup looks full of colour and flavour. I love how it’s hot and sour. You would need all the heat you can get with your weather at the moment! xx

  50. Jenna says:

    Oh man. I’ve been trying my hand at hot and sour soup recently, and this looks like it could be the winner (winner, tofu dinner!). I’m putting it on our next two week menu plan.

    Thanks for this one in advance!

  51. 9 vegetables? sign me up! my husband will probably run away in fear. but this soup looks great!

  52. Christine says:

    Gorgeous soup, love hot and sour soups! This should definitely warm your bones up πŸ™‚

  53. I love how many veggies are packed in there! That is serious soup and perfect for that weather you are going through!

  54. This sounds so yummy!! I am such a big fan of soup, especially with all the vegetables that you have added.

  55. My kind of hot mess Joanne! And, what a great place to stash all those vegetables that can accumulate in the fridge…

  56. ramblingtart says:

    Cracking up because my Bear can’t stand “soup” either, but will happily slurp his way through a big bowl of stew. πŸ™‚ This looks and sounds fantastic. πŸ™‚

  57. cquek says:

    I would absolutely love to make this

  58. Victoria says:

    Even though it’s not exactly Chinese, it’s still Chinese enough to be perfect for Chinese New Year, haha. I love vegetable soup and hot and sour soup, so I’m sure I would love this combo of the two!

  59. Liz says:

    Ah! Just what this snow day was looking for! Yummmmm. So. many. vegetables. Hoping they outweigh the desserts (your mint chocolate cupcakes?!?!) that are next on my list πŸ™‚

  60. AllieBeau says:

    I have been on quite the soup kick lately! This will have to be next- I love hot & sour soup!

  61. That’s a bowl full of comfort! We’ve just hit the lowest temperature this winter and soups are so much needed πŸ™‚

  62. This is a beautiful bowl of (whateverineedtocallitsodinowilleatit) πŸ™‚

  63. Pam says:

    Really, REALLY wishing I had a bowl of this right now. YUM!

  64. I want this soup so badly, it looks warming and delicious πŸ˜€


  65. Kate says:

    This soup sounds stellar, Joanne! So restorative, too. (Stoup is such a dumb word. Why, Rachael Ray?!)

  66. I don’t mind whether it’s a soup or a stew, all I know is that I need this to happen soon in my life. It looks so so darn good ;–)

  67. Rika @ VM says:

    I love hot and sour soup! The traditional version requires very few ingredients: chinese black vinegar, white pepper, starch, and soy sauce. I like that you add different ingredients such as jalapeΓ±o for the heat, rice vinegar for the tartness, and tomatoes which is pretty cool. Beautiful hot & sour soup, certified vegan! πŸ™‚

  68. Stoup…yeah, I can’t go there either. πŸ˜‰ A soup with an identity crisis…lol. I sometimes make things and I’m like “what is this?…” My husband says “It’s good and that’s all it matters.” He’s right. This looks amazing!

  69. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This looks absolutely amazingly mouth watering! So full of flavor, I am dying to dive right into that pot and inhale!

  70. Lori Bentley says:

    What do you substitute the tofu for, i don’t like tofu.

    • joanne says:

      If you want to keep it vegetarian, you can replace it with some beans (maybe chickpeas or white beans would be nice!) or you could always throw in some shredded roasted chicken like you would for chicken soup!

  71. Annalyn says:

    In your first step it says to add chilies. But I don’t see chiles in the ingredient list. Can you tell me what kind of chiles? Like red fresno chiles? Am I just overlooking it?

  72. Annalyn says:

    Oh my gosh….. duh Annalyn! Jalapeno chilies!!! lol I’m making this right now. So pumped!!! πŸ™‚

  73. lesley says:

    Love it!!!!! Now a huge favorite thank you

  74. Cynthia says:

    I’m having trouble making it through my CSA box each week and this soup uses a ton of them! I LOVE soups and don’t have any recipes anything like this – thank you so much!!! Do you think it would freeze well? I’d like to try it now and freeze the rest for the Fall, when it cools down. Thanks again!!!

  75. Emily Bessey says:

    This soup is amazing. So delicious. So filling. We loved it.

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  77. I’m craving soup like crazy lately and I need this one in my life!

  78. jen says:

    omg this soup is DA BOMB! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  79. Mon says:

    I am very much looking forward to making this! The only problem I have is I can’t see the nutritional information. Can you tell me how many calories there are?

    • joanne says:

      I used Calorie Count’s recipe analyzer, and it looks like it comes to about 220 calories per serving. I’m not a nutritionist, though, so it might be a bit off in either direction depending on the size of your veggies, etc.

  80. Andrea says:

    This soup looked great in the picture, has a ton of nutrient rich vegetables, and tastes fantastic! Thank you!

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  83. JANICE says:

    I counted 10 veggies!
    Wonderful! thank you!

  84. I found your soup over on Pinterest and can’t wait to give it a try. It looks fantastic!

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  86. Caitlin says:

    I just finished making this soup for the third time, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s become one of my go to recipes. I have tried it with different types of cabbage (most often with your average green cabbage), and it all turns out delicious. I started adding in a bit more of the sweet potato, zucchini, pepper, and carrot to get even more veggies in it. I love how much soup it makes (it freezes well) and of course that it tastes delicious. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!

  87. Julie says:

    Love, love, love this soup. Great flavor.

  88. LindaFlu says:

    Oh my! Fabulously delicious! Even my grandsons, ages 2 and 6 asked for seconds! Thank you!

  89. Sara says:

    This is one of my oldest pinned recipes and most frequently made! I’ve been making it for years now and love that it makes a big pot that will feed me throughout the week and is easily adaptable to add in other veggies. I often use white pepper in the recipe then add fresh ground black to each bowl, and sub the olive oil for about 1 1/2 T coconut oil πŸ™‚

  90. King says:

    This is perfect for cold days. I have made it twice now and love this recipe. thank you for sharing!

  91. sil says:

    I followed the recipe and directions and it came out perfect!

  92. Anjali says:


    I just wanted to send you a heartfelt message to express how impressed I am with your “Nine Vegetable Hot and Sour Soup” recipe. It is an absolute delight for the senses! The way you skillfully combine nine different vegetables in a single soup, creating a symphony of flavors, is truly remarkable. The balance between the spiciness and the sourness is perfect, making each spoonful an explosion of taste. Your attention to detail in selecting and preparing the vegetables shines through, resulting in a soup that is both visually stunning and incredibly delicious. Your dedication to creating innovative and flavorful recipes like this is truly inspiring.

    Keep up the fantastic work

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