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Recipe Food Literacy Center
Rainbow Soup

Rainbow Soup

This delicious and colorful soup tastes like it takes hours to make, yet is ready to eat in just 30 minutes. Made with potatoes, kale, celery, veggies & quinoa, it’s every kids’ favorite meal. 

Yield: 1 seasoning packet

“It tastes good and this is the best soup I’ve ever tasted.” - Food Literacy Student

Seasoning Packet Ingredients

3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Instructions for kids

Combine all of the above ingredients in a small dish or bag. Store in a cool, dry place. The seasoning will keep for several weeks.

Soup Ingredients

1/2 cup red quinoa, rinsed well in cold water

2 Tablespoons butter, preferably unsalted, or 2 T vegetable oil

1 cup diced onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup celery, chopped into 1/4” cubes

1 cup carrots, chopped into 1/4” cubes

1 cup cauliflower florets, chopped into 1/4” cubes

2 cup Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into 1/4” cubes

2 cup chard leaves, ribs removed, leaves cut crosswise into 1/4” ribbons

1 can (14-1/2 oz) low or no salt added diced tomatoes, with liquid

8 cup (64 oz) low sodium chicken broth

Salt and pepper, to taste


In a 6-8 quart stock pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add all vegetables except chard. Add contents of Seasoning Packet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.

Turn heat to high, quickly stir in quinoa and add tomatoes with liquid and chicken broth. Partially cover and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, partially covered, and stirring occasionally.

Add the chard and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, partially covered. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle the soup up from the bottom of the pot to include quinoa. Serve and enjoy!


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