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Monday, 19 January 2009

Keep Warm with Vegetable Soup

It's that time of year when sore throats reign supreme. Add a blocked nose, throw in a cough and you have a recipe to spend the day in bed.

Soup can be nourishing, warming and filling. My mum used to make this soup when I was young, there is nothing fancy about it. It just tastes good and makes you feel a little better, especially when you can't face something more solid.

Easy Vegetable Soup 5968 R

Easy Vegetable Soup
Recipe from my Mum - thank you!
Makes roughly 4 servings.

1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
2 leeks, sliced and washed
2-3 medium carrots, finely diced
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
Vegetable stock powder or cube (or vegetable stock)
Salt and pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large saucepan and sweat the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the leeks and carrots and cook for about another 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.

Add the potatoes and enough water or vegetable stock to cover the potatoes. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down low and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

If you used water instead of vegetable stock, add a teaspoon of vegetable stock powder or cube at this stage. Taste and add more if it needs it, then season with salt and pepper.

Blend the soup in batches until it is smooth. Return to the saucepan to heat through. You may need to add some more water or stock at this stage if you want the soup to be a little thinner.

Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top. You can add a swirl of cream if desired.

Note: Sometimes when I make this soup I like to add a small chopped red chilli at the onion stage to give a little heat. BUT I don't recommend you do this if you are serving to someone who is poorly or has a sore throat!

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This soup is headed to an event called No Croutons Required, a monthly blogging event alternately hosted by Lisa's Kitchen and Tinned Tomatoes. The theme this month is "nourishing veggie soup" and is being hosted by Lisa's Kitchen.

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29 comments:

Lisa said...

Thank you for your submission. Sounds like a tasty soup!

muralimanohar said...

That looks SO delicious. AND it's vegetarian, woohoo! :p And, btw, personally, if someone WERE feeling poorly, I actually pile ON the chili...it is brilliant for clearing the nose and boosting the immune system. Even with a sore throat. ;)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Looks delicious! Perfect for a chilly night. I love the bowl too. It matches your blog header perfectly!

bensbaby116 said...

There's nothing more comforting than a good bowl of healthy soup when you're not feeling well. Looks good!

Snooky doodle said...

this is just what I need now. I m so cold! this looks good just right for the cold winter. I m not much of a great cook so I need some guidlines I ll try this soup :)

Grace said...

what a unique shot of a tremendous soup! my view of winter is that i couldn't survive without soup. :)

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing, Nic! This soup sounds really yummy!

Holler said...

I hope you are feeling better Nic! If you add turnip, then that is my mum's soup recipe too! It is always good :)

Marysol said...

Nic, the recipe sounds like a powerhouse of nutrients, but the picture spells: yum.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

You really can't go too far wrong with that combo, can you? Perfect with this weather. And even more perfect with added parmesan...

SpotLight said...

I should try that :)

Dragon said...

I hope you're not sick. :) Your soup looks so warm and comforting.

Cynthia said...

I like that photograph

Vij said...

Lovely click! looks so inviting!

Anne said...

Hi Nic

Soup looks delicious and those ingredients tend to always be in the fridge so very handy!

Anne
x

Rosie said...

Hi Nic, your soup looks so inviting and with a chunk of crusty bread that would set me for the day perfectly :)

It's so lovely to be back viewing your creations from my absence due to illness. I know it's a little late but wishing you & your family a Happy New Year!

Rosie x

LyB said...

Mmmm, I love the idea of serving it with parmesan cheese. It sounds lovely. :)

Maria said...

I adore soups and this sounds like my idea of comfort in a bowl. I could have done with a bowl of this soup while I was unwell with flu. Thanks for sharing and I will definitely be trying out this recipe soon ;o)

Maria
x

Sam said...

Can you believe I've never made soup before? Now I've got no excuse, this sounds so easy!

Tracy said...

I really love this soup, love it creamy vs traditional chunky.

nicisme said...

Thank you all!
Dragon - no, I'm not sick but have had one of the kids off from school all week.

sunita said...

That is a glorious and yes, easy soup, Nic. Hope the li'l one is getting better.

Navita said...

Hey lovely click..cudn't leave a comment on the relevant post..coz it wasn't allowing me :(

hugs
Navita

Shreya said...

healthy soup, very nice pic...

Jude said...

Thanks for sharing your mom's recipe. I like the texture.. seems like my kind of hearty soup

browniegirl said...

Mmmmm nourishing veg soup!!! Will bookmark for winter.....I love the soup bowl :o) xxx

Jeanne said...

Wow! "When you can't face something more solid"?? That soup looks like a pretty solid helping of vegetables to me :)

Ann said...

My hubby LOVES soup - this is goin' on the list, Nic!

Donna-FFW said...

Recipes from MUM are always the best, aren't they? This looks fantastic, sounds great.