This is one of our favorite soups that my mother-in-law makes. She could never come up with a Portuguese name therefore we called it “orange” soups because of the color from the carrots and sweet potato. The secret ingredient is the turnip. Serve this with a dollop of olive oil on top, and bread and butter on the side. Yummy. This is also a great way to use up the leftovers in your vegetable bin. Use it up instead of having it go bad.

Zelinda’s “Orange” Soup


  • 1 onion
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 4 or 5 carrots
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes or 2 tsp Better Than Beef Bouillon
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 large white potato
  • 1 large yellow squash
  • 1 can white beans, undrained, I used pinto beans because I didn’t have any white beans, works just fine
  • 1 turnip, get a good sized turnip not a baby turnip


Wash, and peel the vegetables which need to be peeled, and cut into large chunks. Place all in a large soup pot and cover with water. Cook until the vegetables are tender. Puree all with liquid from the soup pot and return to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat through and serve with lots of bread and butter. A little dollop of olive oil on top is really nice also. This soup freezes very well.

I have also dehydrated this soup and then ground it into a powder. Once you have done this you can place it in jars and vacuum seal the lids so that no air get into it. Two to three tablespoons of the dry mixture along with a cup or so of boiling water and you have a delicious cup of vegetable soup without any work at all. We keep this in our get home bag, we also carry it with us when we camp so that we have quick instant meals for whenever we get hungry.

For more information on food dehydration and cooking with food stores go to Amazon.com/author/pamelapeters and look at the books that I have written. Grannie Pam’s Prepping With Big Flavors, More of Grannie Pam’s Prepping With Big Flavors, Grannie Pam’s Meals in Jars and Grannie Pam’s I Love You More Than Soup all contain information on food dehydration, canning, bread baking, working with powdered milk, cheese making, etc. Recipes are included to help you learn to use your food stores to feed your family great food when times are good and when times are bad.

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