Amaranth Vegetable Soup

Delicious and healthy vegetable soup with the added protein boost of Amaranth!
Amaranth Vegetable Soup in a Bowl and a cup of Amaranth Grains in wood tray
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Amaranth Vegetable Soup in a Bowl and a cup of Amaranth Grains in wood tray

The second of my recipes embracing McCormicks 2016 Flavour Forecast celebrates all things that are Ancestral Flavours. I chose to try a soup using Amaranth as a protein boost and to see how the little grains fared in a amaranth vegetable soup. According to the forecast, “Amaranth is an ancient seed from South America, rich in protein, fiber and vitamins, with an earthy, nutty flavour and crunchy texture. It can be found in natural foods stores, the organic section of the supermarket or online specialty stores.” Yes, it is readily available, I found mine in the bulk section at Save On!

Spooning Amaranth Vegetable Soup from White bowl

If you like couscous in your soup, you will be on board with having amaranth in it as well. You have to enjoy the texture in order to enjoy it in a soup!

I used some of my homemade beef bone broth to make the soup, which lends it a hearty, meaty flavour but left out any actual pieces of meat, funny enough. I wanted the amaranth and vegetables, no meat other than the flavouring in the broth. Bone broth also goes with the theme of ancestral flavours, it’s something that has been made for centuries now, a truly timeless method.

Close up of Cup of Amaranth Grains

Amaranth can also be used as a thickener for soups if you aren’t able to use the normal flour.

The Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Amaranth Bars on the McCormick’s website look intriguing; I love the flavour of toasted grains and mixed with chocolate? Sounds like a healthy treat to me!

Close up of Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Amaranth Bars

Happy Cooking Everyone!



Amaranth Vegetable Soup

Delicious and healthy vegetable soup with the added protein boost of Amaranth!
4.67 from 3 votes
Amaranth Vegetable Soup in a Bowl and a cup of Amaranth Grains in wood tray
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 8 cups of your broth of choice beef chicken or vegetable
  • 4 cups of halved baby potatoes
  • 2 cups of sliced carrots
  • 1 medium white onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tbsp . Worcestershire Sauce ONLY for beef broth!
  • 2 Leaves McCormick Gourmet Bay
  • 1/2 cup Amaranth grains
  • Club House Sea salt and Black Pepper freshly ground to taste


  • In a skillet with a small amount of vegetable oil, fry the onions until translucent. Add in the garlic, fry until slightly browned. Place in a large soup pot.
  • Add in all the remaining ingredients excepting the Amaranth. Cook until the vegetables are almost soft, then add in the Amaranth grains. Cook for another 30-45 minutes, simmering on the stove, until the grains have softened. Remove the bay leaves if wanted, serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 988mg, Potassium: 521mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 5845IU, Vitamin C: 18.8mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 1.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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    Thanks. I enjoyed the recipe. Next time I think I will add some white beans and some greens for some extra nutritious boost to this tasty soup.4 stars

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