Mumsy's vegetable soup

Mumsy's vegetable soup

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

This warming vegetable soup, from Great British Bake Off host Mel, is a traditional family recipe that packs in fresh veg and spices, making a healthy supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal325
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre6g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 200g sourdough bread, cut into croutons
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 potato, chopped



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 600ml vegetable stock (we use bouillon)
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • pinch of golden caster sugar
  • 1 bouquet garni (2 bay leaves, 1 rosemary sprig and 2 thyme sprigs tied together with string)
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 200g cauliflower, cut into florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 150g white cabbage, shredded
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp mushroom ketchup


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the bread on a baking tray with the caraway seeds, half the oil and some sea salt, and bake for 10-15 mins or until golden and crisp. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the garlic, carrot and potato and cook for 5 mins, stirring frequently, until a little softened.

  3. Add the stock, tomatoes, sugar, bouquet garni, celery and seasoning and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat, simmer for 10 mins, then add the cauliflower and cabbage. Cook for 15 mins until the veg is tender.

  4. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and mushroom ketchup. Remove the bouquet garni and serve the soup in bowls with the caraway croutons.

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24th Oct, 2017
Easy tasty soup perfect for lunch. Best left overnight to let flavours develop. I didn't have mushroom ketchup so put plenty Worcester sauce in!
31st Dec, 2018
Why is this recipe still here after more than 2 years in "vegetarian main courses" if it's a soup? perhaps it's time to have a proper main course to headline this section?
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6th Jan, 2019
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21st Oct, 2017
Hello. What would you recommend as a substitute for the mushroom ketchup as I can't find that in my supermarket. thank you
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27th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. You can always add an extra splash of Worcestershire sauce to boost the flavour.
27th Mar, 2017
This recipe is listed as Vegetarian. Worcestershire Sauce contains anchovies (at least most well known branded Worcestershire Sauce does), if you are Vegetarian check the ingredients before you use!
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