Garnish: corn, chopped scallions, shredded Cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, or a combination, optional. In a Dutch oven or 4-5 qt saucepan, heat oil. Saute garlic, green pepper, celery, onion, carrot, and zucchini until crisp/tender, about 3 minutes. As mixture cooks, stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Top each serving with a garnish, if desired. If you wish, set under broiler to melt cheese.
into 1/2" cubes ~ add 1 cup cooked corn If reheating, add addt'l liquid, such as water, tomato juice, or veg stock