Tradie’s Lunchbox: Vegetable Soup With Garlic Croutons

Tradie's lunchbox vegetable soup with garlic croutons

I love having soups in winter. They’re a great way to get more veggies into your diet and they can keep you warm on a cool day. If you’re looking for a soup that transports well in a thermos, you will love this vegetable soup with garlic croutons.

Vegetable soup with easy garlic croutons

This recipe is based on a vegetable soup by Weight Watchers. It was classed as ‘0’ points around 12 years ago because it was all vegetables. But I omitted the beans and peas because I like a smooth soup, rather than a chunky, vegetable soup.

vegetable soup with garlic croutons

vegetable soup

To add some carbs to the soup, I made my own croutons using left-over bread crusts.

easy vegetable soup with garlic croutons

Every week, I’m left with bread crusts and I had a heap in the pantry, so decided to make my own croutons for this recipe and they turned out great. They make the perfect accompaniment to any soup recipe. They’re deliciously crunchy and the added flavour of the garlic is delicious.

How to make easy garlic croutons


  • Bread Crusts (I used five crusts)
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons of Minced Garlic

easy garlic croutons


1. Cut the crusts into small cubes.

easy garlic croutons2. Drizzle the olive oil and minced garlic over the cut crusts. Ensure they get well coated. Add more olive oil if the bread looks a little dry. Both sides of the bread need to be covered. Place them on a baking tray.

easy garlic croutons

3. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden in a 180 degree Celsius oven.

easy garlic croutons

4. Remove from oven and eat warm or let cool and add to your soup.

How to transport soup to work

A thermos is a great way to carry soups to a worksite for lunch as it can keep your soup warm. Take the croutons in a small container and add them to your cup of soup when ready to eat. Smooth soups work well with a thermos as they are easy to pour. Anything chunky can make pouring your soup a little messy.

tradies lunchbox thermos vegetable soup

Alternatively, if you work in an office or from home, it can be individually portioned and re-heated in a microwavable container.

This soup will be on rotation as one of our meals and the leftovers will be eaten for lunch. My girls loved this soup with a  dollop of sour cream.

Serves 4

Tradie’s Lunchbox: Vegetable Soup With Garlic Croutons

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 2 Tins of diced tomatoes
  • 1 Zucchini chopped
  • 2 Carrots chopped
  • 3 Celery sticks chopped
  • Pinch Chilli flakes
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock (I used chicken because that's all I had)
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic crushed


  1. Place all chopped vegetables in a pot, with the stock and tinned tomatoes.
  2. Cover and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes or until soft.
  3. Use a stick blender or food processor to blend the mixture so it's smooth.
  4. Add garlic croutons to serve.


Can be frozen for up to 12 weeks.

What soups do you like to make during winter?

If you’re after a Thermomix version of this soup, head to Thermobliss.

thermobliss thermomix vegetable soup

If you’re after another recipe loaded with vegetables, why not check out my Vegetable & Lentil Loaf?

vegetable loaf