I remember going over to my grandparents' house as a child, and quite often, they would be making vegetable soup. They grew up in the country, outside of towns with populations under 200. They both were in their teens when the stock market crashed and The Great Depression started (Oct29, 1929). Anyway, what started as foods of necessity for them became dishes they loved. They always kept plenty of fresh veggies on hand (quite often they came for their garden), and it was not uncommon for those veggies to make their way into a homemade soup. I come from a different age, and one day when I was feeling a bit nostalgic for my grandparent's soup, I went to my cupboard and grabbed my cans of veggies. This is my version of their soup. All of the cans I use in this recipe, except for the tomato paste & optional tomato sauce are #303 cans, the ones that usually contain between 14 & 18 ounces of stuff in them, depending on what's in them.