The Winnipeg Station Veggie Soup

A simple and healthy, yet comforting veggie soup recipe loaded with zucchini, black beans and celery in a light tomato broth! The perfect soup recipe for rainy days or cold winter nights.

two bowls of veggie soup with chunks of zucchini, celery and black beans in a healthy tomato broth with a twig of parsley on the side

This veggie soup recipe comes with a little Canadian winter wonderland story attached to it. You wanna hear it? Here we go:

Last November, we did a tour of Canada and part of our trip included a 4-day cruise on the cross-country train called The Canadian.

We boarded in Toronto and arrived in Vancouver 4 days later, with several stops in between.

On the second day, we stopped in Winnipeg, Manitoba early in the morning. It was the first time we were seeing snow in Canada so Solal and I were pretty excited.

Winnipeg Train Station with the Canadian cross country train leaving the station

We put our layers on and off we went, happy as clams! Except…I don’t think we were prepared for this cold. I have goosebumps just thinking about it!

The wind was freezing and we could barely walk in the snow. We had just arrived in Canada so we didn’t have the right gear yet.

No snow boots, no warm coats, just funny looking layers. This is what I looked like. Ahem.

a woman standing on a snow-covered sidewalk outside of Winnipeg station wrapped in several shawls

Feel free to laugh, it’s fine.

You can see in my eyes that I’m suffering haha. Needless to say that pretty quickly we made our way back to the station because we simply couldn’t handle the blizzard.

overhead shot of a bowl of veggies soup with sliced zucchinis and black beans in a healthy tomato broth

When we arrived there, we spotted a small restaurant serving warm food to take-away. We had been eating cold picnic food since the beginning of the trip and we were craving a real warm meal.

We ordered a veggie soup and two servings of chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies. Seriously, in those circumstances, this simply sounded dreamy.

I wasn’t expecting much taste-wise because these station restaurants are rarely delicious but when I tasted the soup…so good! And at this moment it was the most comforting thing in the whole wide world.

Since then, this warming, comforting veggie soup has been stuck in my brain and I knew I had to recreate it at home.

One of the things I really liked about this healthy veggie soup is that they used veggies that I wouldn’t have thought of combining normally: black beans, celery, and zucchini cooked in a tomato-based stock, and flavored with oregano.

And let me tell you, it works really well! I’m pretty sure you could use other veggies for this simple soup recipe, but I wanted to stay true to the Winnipeg Station soup.

Next time we’ll visit Manitoba, we’ll make sure to be well wrapped up and stop by the station for a bowl of this delicious vegetable soup again!

overhead shot of a white bowl with a tomato-based veggie soup with sliced zucchini, black beans and slivers on celery

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The Winnipeg Station Veggie Soup

A simple and healthy yet comforting veggie soup recipe loaded with zucchini, black beans and celery in a light tomato broth! The perfect soup recipe for rainy days or cold winter nights.

Course Soup
Cuisine American, Canadian
Keyword comfort food, easy recipes, easy soups, minestrone, soup recipes, tomato broth, vegetable soup, vegetarian recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 174 kcal


  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup + 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock for vegetarian and vegan
  • 3/4 cup celery sticks chopped (about 2 sticks)
  • 1 cup zucchini cut in half lengthwise then sliced (about 1 small zucchini) - skin on or peeled
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  1. In a small bowl, whisk tomato paste with 1/2 cup stock.
  2. Pour in a medium pan then add celery, zucchini, black beans, and oregano. Cover with 3 cups of stocks.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until veggies are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
The Winnipeg Station Veggie Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 /3th)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 654mg28%
Potassium 864mg25%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 15.1mg18%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I liked so many things about this! How you dressed, and that you got out to experience the snow. How you thought it was a blizzard, when we considered it a skiff of snow. Manitoba soup….yum!! I can share some hearty recipes if you are interested!
    Did you know the corner of Portage and Main….not far from where you were in that picture,is known as the windiest corner in Canada? It points north,east,south,and west, is wide open and no matter what way the wind blows it blows right through there with great speed!

    1. A skiff of snow? Oh my! Technically it was still Autumn so I can’t imagine how harsh your Winters must be…!! Now about this deadly windy corner… I didn’t know but it explains everything! The wind was so strong we could barely walk. I imagine everybody is avoiding this part of town as much as they can! We didn’t see much unfortunately but Winnipeg seems to be a nice city 🙂
      And YES please, would love to see some Manitoba recipes! Thanks 🙂

  2. Brave Souls!

    I grew up in Flin Flon, which is 500 miles north of Winnipeg as the crow flys. Now in Victoria, BC. The people and food of Manitoba are the warmest that you will find anywhere. Thankyou for sharing your experience with us.


    1. Flin Flon, it’s a lovely name! I’m really looking forward to being back in Manitoba and see more of it, including its food and people 🙂 We really liked Vancouver too so must go back to British Columbia as well. Such a big country and so many places to see!

  3. Haha, Manitoba winters are NO JOKE. Experiencing one myself right now. Comforting soup recipes like this one are the best way to combat the cold! I love the combination of veggies in this one! It’s somewhat special and celery always adds such great flavor to a broth!

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