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


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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 (73)

nitamcc21's picture

Made soup today - it was lovely. I've used:
4 potatoes, 4 carrots, 1 small sweed, 2 small onions, 3 parsnips and a handful of frozen peppers and 2 cloves of garlic with salt and pepper to taste. I fried onion and garlic first then all the veg. Made a large pan full and once I'd blended it, it's a lovely thick tasty soup - mmmmm!!

lizleicester's picture

Good way to use up the tail enders of vegetables so this time it was potato, onion, cauliflower and mangetouts in a good turkey stock. Heartwarming stuff!

swiftyrocks's picture

I've never made a soup before, and this was easy and great for using up the leftovers of veg.. I used 3 Potatoes, A large parsnip, carrots, leek, onion, garlic and a few slices of fresh root ginger with some grated nutmeg and seasoning.. I like it! The rest of the house are yet to try it, fingers crossed!

lewis49's picture

I cooked potaoes, 2 small cloves of garlic, leeks, parsnips and swede. I mashed them all together as don't have a blender then added veg stock to the right consintency so can be adjusted accordingly to however thick you want the soup to be. Then added a teaspoon of medium curry powder and fresh parsley and it is delicious :)

deborahmenzel's picture

Great. Very quick and easy. Good recipe as you can make it frequently but without getting bored as the veg is different each time.

rebeccalup's picture

My first attempt at making soup and it's delicious! So simple too. I used potatoes, carrots, parsnips, garlic and some mild chilli powder for a bit of a kick. Will definitely be making it again!

astoelli's picture

Very nice, I fried some bacon and cut it into bits, so that one could help oneself to the bacon as decoration on the soup. Tasted yummy!

chippy45's picture

I nearly. Always have a good stock of this soup in my fridge for grandchildren coming in from school an unexpected lunch time visitors so simple an so quick

lulabell7's picture

first time ive made soup, i used carrot, potato and celery that was left over in the fridge, it was lush.

joannek9004's picture

Delicious as it is but with garam masala and mild curry powder added it tastes even better.

helenptaylor's picture

This is a great way to use up whatever veg is lurking in the fridge. I like to make a batch of soup so tripled the amounts of veg and stock but kept the potato the same this worked well and was about the right consistency. The children loved it!

erraz_32's picture

I copied Huxley recipe and i love it.. Make it twice a week for me and a neighbour!

maloybishop's picture

I had no idea how to make soup, but this gives a really good idea. I now throw in just about anything -tomato or two, celery, graan beans...(but always a spud to thicken it) and keep a bit of veg stock on the side just in case it is a bit thick.

pamelabeaupre's picture

I love this recipe and use it often, the only thing I change is the quantity of vegetables to potato. I find 300g vege to 200g potato a better balance.

palacecontracts's picture

Great as a base to throw anything in :-)

helenchats's picture

Wow, just made this soup with carrots, celery, onion, garlic and cauliflower. It was so delicious and simple. It will be a regular in my home.

little_alien's picture

I went for

1 red onion, garlic, half a small turnip, 2 small carrots, 1 stick of celery, 1 chilli and the potato.. worked a treat. nice kick to it :)

preethi17's picture

i made this soup today for dinner, me and husband loved it! I added a bit of cumin and corriander pwder while i fried the veggies and then put in the stock. Lovely! will make it again!

treaclepud's picture

If you're a waistline watcher, then fry the vegetables in spray-oil, the frying process isn't absolutely essential, but it does improve the flavour no end
I wouldn't worry about calories from potatoes, barley etc. I find that cutting out sugar and booze, and keeping fat consumption to a minimum gets weight off me really quickly, and I eat pretty much anything else I want, especially spuds, which are good and filling!

flirtinflight's picture

A good way of using up whats left in the fridge and my toddler loves it. Used sweet potato and added some garlic. Had to add more water when blending. But fool proof.


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