American Girl Molly's WW2 Victory Garden Veggie Soup!


Let’s dive into American Girl Molly’s cookbook and make a wonderful victory garden veggie soup! I just loved this little cookbook as it talked about WW2, rationing and how Molly and her family would’ve made meals to stretch their rationing coupons. This veggie soup was featured in Molly’s favorite meals chapter and I can see why! It’s full of warm veggie goodness and perfect for using up all that extra garden produce.

What you’ll need:
1 Potato
1 Onion, diced
1 rib of Celery, diced
1 Carrot, diced
1 Turnip– I subbed Summer Squash, diced
1/2 c Corn, fresh or frozen
1/2 c Peas, fresh or frozen
3 Lettuce Leaves
1 Tomato, diced
2 T Butter– I used Country Crock Plant Butter
2 T Flour– I used King Arthurs Gluten Free Flour
2 c Tomato Juice
1 c Water
1/2 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/4 c Alphabet Macaroni– I used Gluten Free Orzo
Please note that the video reflects how I almost tripled the amounts of ingredients so I would have leftovers!
Peel potatoes, dice and place in a saucepan of water. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook until fork tender. Meanwhile, dice other veggies. When potatoes are done, mash in water. Put butter in a large soup pot and melt. Stir in onions and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir for about 1 minute. Add tomato juice, water (I used the potato water), salt, pepper and pasta. Turn up heat to medium high. Add rest of veggies except lettuce. When soup begins to boil, add lettuce. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Cookbook used: American Girls Pastimes Molly’s Cookbook 1994

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  1. I've enjoyed this series! This soup looks delish. I'm familiar with lettuce in soups, Italians do this and I'm sure other cultures do also. I'm glad you liked it!

    P.S. Even the threat of tornadoes scare the living heck out me! I hope the storm passed quickly and didnt damage your garden too badly.

  2. I can't get over how terrifying these dolls are but how stinking adorable their accessories are! Those tiny glasses, the tiny handbag, I about died. I'm not at all surprised Molly was your favorite, seeing the types of cookbooks you collect 😊
    I made a soup a lot like this earlier this week kept us fed for dinners or lunches almost all week, just using some leftover veggies from the farmers market! Love a good soup in the summer!

  3. I love this video. It's a rainy, gloomy day here today and that soup looks so good right now. I've never thought to add the potato water to the soup or the lettuce. So that was some nice tips. I remember my mother talking how scared she was when Pearl Harbor was hit. She was only 11 years old. Her older brother ended up going into the military. Thank goodness he came home and actually lived to be in his 90's. I think these American Girl series are so fascinating for our kids to read. I love that you looked like Molly. I'm so glad you're sharing this with us.

  4. So happy to add recipes to use all the abundance of the summer gardens. I’m going to make this new soup today. Perfect timing since I was looking over the array of vegetables I have and wondering how to use them all up! Also , it’s great to have enough to share with folks. Who doesn’t love a good soup especially when it’s dark and rainy outside. Thank you!