Homemade vegetable soup

Homemade vegetable soup

Suitable for vegetarians

Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet but also taste fantastic, especially when made into soup. This soup is very easy to make – even if you have never cooked.

Ingredients – Serves 3 Adults

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 small turnip
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley and thyme. You can use dried but fresh always gives a better flavour
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 8g / ¼ oz. margarine
  • 850ml / 1½ pints of vegetable stock

Method

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the margarine in a large saucepan
  2. Chop the onion, carrot, celery, leek and turnip into small pieces, around 1cm cubes
  3. Sauté all the vegetables in the oil for 10 to 15 minutes over a low heat, stirring occasionally
  4. Then add the chopped clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of herbs and 1½ pints of vegetable stock
  5. Bring the soup to the boil and simmer for about 40 minutes
  6. Taste it to see if it needs extra salt or pepper
  7. You can eat the soup as it is or cook it for another 20 minutes and liquidise it to make a smooth soup
  8. Add some chopped fresh parsley and serve

Serving Suggestions

Serve with whole meal crusty bread

Vegetable soup can also be made with chicken stock for extra flavour

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