Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easy, Tasty Vegetable Soup

A punnet of crisp soup vegetables

Even though the cold weather has not yet set in, the supermarkets and fruiterers are displaying soup packs on their shelves already. What can be more comforting than a steaming bowl of soup? The bonus is that this recipe is satisfying as well as being diet-friendly so you don’t compromise your weight loss efforts.

I regularly make a pot of this soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch and refrigerate the rest for the next day.

Once the onions are browned, add all other fresh vegetables and simmer...
Add tomato and vegetable stock and simmer...
Place soup in a processor for a smooth consistency

Vegetable Soup (
(Serves 4)
100g carrots, washed and chopped
100g onions, peeled and sliced
100g turnip, peeled and chopped
100g potato, peeled and quartered
2 leeks cut into slices
4 celery stick with tops, chopped
Parsley, finely chopped
410g tin of whole tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
1 vegetable stock cube
750ml of boiling water

Heat oil in heavy bottom saucepan; add onion and fry gently until brown
Add carrots, turnips, potatoes, leeks and celery sticks
Dissolve the stock cube in boiling water and add to vegetables
Turn down the heat, cover saucepan and simmer for about 25 minutes
When vegetables are soft, add tinned tomatoes and parsley

Simmer gently for a further ten minutes
Place soup in food processor and liquidize to desired consistency
Serve in a warmed soup bowl with a swirl of plain yoghurt for garnishing


  1. I can tell that Winter is on it's way to us as the days get shorter & it's cooler in the mornings & evenings. This looks like a delicious soup recipe, Jo - just the thing for a cold Winter's day ! I love the addition of yogurt on the top .... who needs fattening cream, 'eh ?!

  2. Definitely Lynda, the mornings are crisp and the evenings are "drawing in". This is a very versatile soup: you can add a handful rice or pasta about halfway through cooking, then eat it "chunky" Yes, I love natural yoghurt - a healthy alternative to cream. Thanks for popping in. Hugs

  3. and here we are heading into Summer......well actually Spring. Great recipe.

    Gill in Canada

  4. Welcome to my blog, Gill. Hope to see much more of you. Off to check yours now.

  5. Hi! It's funny that you are going into Winter and we are just emerging. But I could eat that vegetable soup anytime of the year!

  6. Hi Mike, yes we're at the beginning of winter although the days are still warm (quite hot - 18 -20 degrees) but nights are cooler. I agree with you: soup is edible anytime, especially vegetable soup! Enjoy your beautiful country this coming summer.


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