Vegetable Gumbo Recipe

Updated, but still lacking a photo =) 

Here in Alabama it’s sleeting and there is the merest chance of snow. For me it’s the perfect night to enjoy a bowl of my Grandmother Somerville’s Vegetable Gumbo. Her recipe calls for two hours of simmering, but I have a stash in the freezer so that’s what we’ll be having tonight.

Vegetable Gumbo
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. oil
2 32. oz cartons of vegetable broth
1 16 oz. bag of frozen sliced okra
2 16 oz. bags of frozen mixed veggies (whatever works for your allergies)
3 cooked chicken breasts, shredded (optional)
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. sage

In a large stockpot, saute the onion and garlic 2 Tbsp of oil. Once the onion is translucent, add the broth and the frozen okra, and bring the pot to a low simmer for approximately 1 hour. After an hour, use the back of a spoon to smash all of the okra pieces against the side of the pot. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for another hour. Serve with gluten free crackers, and a salad or sandwich.

This recipe makes a lot of soup, so we usually freeze the leftovers for quick weeknight suppers.


  1. This sounds so good right now! Wish I had some in the freezer – LOL I will be trying this one very very soon. Thanks for this tasty recipe!

  2. Must be soup night. I made chili tonight and it was oh so good. Not sleeting here, but tons of snow on the ground and freezing out. I have to try okra, I never have. I will see if these northern stores carry it; I haven’t noticed!


  3. Hey Mary Frances-
    This soup looks great! Okra is my favorite addition to vegetable soup. Glad to hear you are keeping warm. It is supposed to snow 1-3 inches tonight in NC too.

  4. Hi Mary Frances!
    I made a half a batch of your Gumbo Soup and the results are in — we all LOVED it and now we wish I had made a full recipe! It was dee-lish!! Thanks girl~ your recipes ROCK :-) Hope you are living well during your busy season. Take care sweets and thanks for the week of Yummies.

  5. healthyfishies,

    I’m glad you liked it! It was definitely my favorite soup growing up, and I love eating it with a PBJ. The recipe does make a lot, so we usually freeze most of it for nights when we need a quick supper.

  6. Adrienne says:

    all of your ingredients sound okay BUT the okra which makes everything slimy and gooey. Sorry, a northeast soup fan who doesn’t like okra at all, here. Thanks for the rest of the soup recipe, sounds good with garlic and onions mmm, NO OKRA please!!


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