Versatile veg soup

Versatile veg soup

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
A basic soup recipe that can be adapted to whatever needs using up from the fridge

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal-
  • fat-
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  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
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  • 200g chopped raw vegetables, such as onions, celery and carrots



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  • 300g potato



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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 700ml stock
  • crème fraîche and fresh herbs, to serve


  1. Fry the chopped raw vegetables with the potatoes, peeled and cubed, in a little oil for a few mins until beginning to soften.

  2. Cover with the stock and simmer for 10-15 mins until the veg is tender. Blend until smooth, then season. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche and some fresh herbs. Will freeze for up to 1 month.

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Comments (74)

lizleicester's picture

Simple as can be and a delicious way to use up the stray vegetables that get left behind! This time it was carrot, celery, onion and potato and 500ml of "real" chicken stock plus a veg stock cube and a bit of extra water to get the consistency right.

maryechappell's picture

This has to be the best soup recipe ever! Just use whatever you have in, double or treble for many!

dkgoldstein's picture

This is a great recipe, although I'm not sure a strict "recipe" is all that necessary really. Just freestyle it. I used way more veg than 200g (probably closer to 600g), plus 500g of potatoes, and I upped the stock to 1l. It was delish and made enough for 5 people. I chucked potato, celery, carrot, courgette and spring onion in, and then after blending it added sweetcorn.

Alyal's picture

Lovely soup that you can use this recipe or adapt it to what you have in your cupboards.

troni's picture

Makes great soup from a recipe that could not be easier! No more store bought soups for me. Looking forward to making some of the variations suggested by others.

vendgirl's picture

I love this recipe. I make it with any veg left in the fridge especially the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower, once they are blended no one would know. Delicious

foooooood's picture

Love this recipe, I always like to adapt things to my taste, so something like this is great. I used two potatoes, broccoli, green beans, carrots, onions, sugar snap peas and added 1 frozen garlic cube and 1 frozen chilli cube, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and a tablespoon of crème fresh. I followed the recipe by cooking the veg and them simmering in the stock. I used one veg stock melt and one chicken and added them to water. Then blended the ingredients all together at the end. Put it in the fridge and am eating eat today for lunch as I type and it is delicious. It's so nice to have an easy soup that you can make quickly, you can add as much veg as you like and it's really healthy so I give this 5 stars.

Boc14's picture

Recently bought a food processor and wanted to try out the various blades. Didn't want to waste the veg I had chopped so made a take on this soup. Used leek, potato, sweet potato, carrot, onion & courgette. It was all quite small pieces, made 500ml of veg stock and simmered for about 15mins. (I didn't use any oil as the veg was very small.) Then blended it - OMG! It was gorgeous. Can't wait for tea tonight with homemade bread made at the weekend.

rebeccafoxley's picture

Lovely soup, I used potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots and a leek and butter instead of oil. I sweated the veg in the pan for 10 mins before adding vegetable stock, and added fresh thyme and sage and a pinch of chilli powder. Finished off with milk.

janiem's picture

I have made this for several weeks in a row, just using up what I had left over plus different spices. These included peppers, spring onions, carrots, swede, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes onions and potatoes. All very tasty but I felt that swede gave a particularly good flavour. The last batch was a bit bland so I added cumin, chilli and ground coriander. It's great to have a recipe that really stops you wasting anything. A few mashes with a potato masher before using the stick blender really helps. I always feel very virtuous eating this with my homemade bread.

rachmo7's picture

Used this recipe mainly for inspiration as I had a strange selection of veg lurking in the fridge! 1 onion, 1 yellow pepper, 1 courgette, half a small squash and 3 new potatoes...fried the onions first with a little leftover curry paste (also lurking in fridge) added veg and stock then blitzed. Really delicious and low fat to boot...served with toasted wholemeal pitta.

susieb68's picture

I only had dried garlic and herbs, so added them to frying veg with some chilli flakes. Then, with the stock, I added star anise and bay leaves. Delicious

alrm198's picture

This recipe is extremely versatile indeed!
I created carrot & parsnip, leek & potato and parsnip & potato soups all using the above as a base. I just made sure all my vegetables combined weighed in at 500g then made 700ml stock. I used to food processor so once it had all simmered, I seperated the veg from the stock, whizzed the veg in a food processor and then added it back to the stock.

JulesyBaby's picture

This is the kind of recipe I like - easy, tasty and no fancy expensive ingredients. I just used broccoli (including the stalk), carrots, onions, potatoes, lentils and stock cube. I jazzed it up with grated cheese and black pepper - it was delicious.

CFY's picture

Just made a version of this to finish up some old veg:- one onion, half a swede, two parsnips, some very old manky carrots, a big spud and around a tablespoon of curry powder. Mrs CFY just gave it 10 out of 10. My head is swollen.

daviesx4's picture

Great soup, also used a few tins of mixed beans to bulk it out and left it quite chunky by only blending half of the soup

Mrslou19's picture

carrots, parsnips, half a cabbage, broccolli, onion, swede, ground, cumin & coriander 2 cloves of garlic, chilli, and 1L stock simmered & blended - yummilicious.. with crusty bread. froze in batches..No potatoes added. Perfect. although i didnt follow the recipe closely as I wanted to use what I had it inspired me nonetheless! Thanks..

barbsbaking's picture

Fried the onion and a couple of garlic Clive's in a tablespoon of Patak's curry paste, any kind, then add a tin of drained chickpeas towards the end and it made a nice mulligatawny style veggie soup.

binitie's picture

Simple, easy, quick and healthy what more could you want ?

ellefdc's picture

This is my go to recipe when i'm trying to be creative with soups, always delivers a lovely thick and warming texture.


Questions (2)

peterb65's picture

This may seem like a simple question but my cooking experience is limited, so in your versatile vegetable soup what is the stock made of please?

Boc14's picture

Hi, I used a Knorr stock pot.

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