Combine olive oil, garlic, and the bay leaf in a pot, turn on the heat, then sauté.
When the garlic becomes aromatic, add the ingredients marked ✿, and sauté.
When the ingredients from Step 2 are lightly cooked, (when the onions become translucent), add the ingredients marked with ♡, and increase to high heat.
Bring to a boil, skim the scum, simmer on low heat, then add the ingredients marked with ♥ to taste.
Season with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Add plenty of melting cheese and make soup pasta meal out of it.
Or, use it as topping for buttered rice with cheese and make doria.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is the veggie soup my mom would make for me when I was a child.
Adjust the amount of garlic to taste. Finely chop the celery without removing the fibers from the narrow stalk. Use your choice of vegetables, whatever you have in your fridge is best. Adding cabbage makes it nice and sweet.