I've just made parsnip soup for the first time - wow! What's your favourite cheap and simple soup recipe?

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I sometimes make tomato soup but this is the first time I've tried making proper soup and it's delicious! Made all the better by the fact that the bag of parsnips were reduced to 20p. grin

What's your best soup recipe?

fuzzpig Wed 02-Jan-13 14:18:45

I'll show you mine (leek and potato) if you'll show me yours grin

JakeBullet Wed 02-Jan-13 14:19:42

Waits with anticipation grin

thornrose Wed 02-Jan-13 14:20:06

I make lots of soup with carrots, so cheap and cheerful. I freeze individual portions. Sweat off onions, add carrots and fry for a bit, add stock to cover (I use a combination of veg bouillon and chicken stock) whizz with stick blender.

thornrose Wed 02-Jan-13 14:21:48

Missed out simmer until soft!

sausagesandwich34 Wed 02-Jan-13 14:22:22

I do carrot soup, tiny bit of honey added when you are sweating off the veg, then a slug of chili when you blitz it

I also add a pinch of mild curry powder to parsnip soup -mmmmm

thornrose Wed 02-Jan-13 14:24:31

Ooh yes, sausages, you reminded me, a bit of ginger and turmeric is nice too.

littletingoddess Wed 02-Jan-13 14:26:50

Cheese and potato (extra mature cheddar for the cheese). :D

Parsnip soup (made up as I went along!).

1 bag parsnips
2 veg stock cubes
Half an onion

Fry garlic and onions in a tiny amount of olive oil until soft.
Chop parsnips and chuck in saucepan; add onion and garlic
Crumble stock cubes over chopped parsnips and add boiling water until covered.
Add a generous pinch of rosemary.

Boil until parsnips are soft, then blend. smile

little my mum makes an amazing cheese and onion soup!

That should be simmer until parsnips are soft. blush

thornrose Wed 02-Jan-13 14:30:57

I'll try the parsnip soup, sounds good.

marzipanpig Wed 02-Jan-13 14:32:06

mushroom soup

chop lots of mushrooms and cook very slowly in butter
add chopped onions
vegetable stock cubes x2
2 pints of milk and a bit of sherry
salt pepper and nutmeg
lots of parsley


Ephiny Wed 02-Jan-13 14:33:50

Carrot and lentil is one of my favourites. Fry onions in a little oil, add veg stock along with dried red lentils, a bag of carrots, and a couple of sticks of celery. Simmer until lentils/carrots are soft, then blend and season with coriander. So sweet-tasting and bright-coloured.

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 02-Jan-13 14:34:16

Lentil Bacon and Tomato

3oz red lentils
1 onion
2 carrots
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 thick rashers smoky bacon

- Chop the onion, garlic, carrots and bacon and sweat in a little oil for about 10 mins
- Add lentils, tomatoes, black pepper and about 1.5 pints water.
- Simmer until everything's tender, add salt, then blend with a hand blender.
- Add more water if it's too thick.

Parsnip and parmesan, it's lovely!

Parboil parsnips for 3 minutes. Heat oven to 200degC. Drain parsnips and toss in 25g grated parmesan. Roast for 35-45 mins till cooked, in olive oil.

Meanwhile finely chop an onion, soften in olive oil. Add 25g plain flour or cornflour, cook for 1 minute. Add parsnips and 1l veg stock, boil for 10 minutes. Blitz till smooth with an additional 25g grated parmesan.

Stir in a little double cream before serving, if you're feeling fancy. Serve with crusty bread.

Had it for dinner last night, and lunch again today grin

starfishmummy Wed 02-Jan-13 14:36:18

Most of my soups are - sweat some onions off, add whatever veg I am using up, sweat off a bit longer; stock or water to cover, boil tiull soft, blend and add seasoniongs as needed.

If I am usinf leafy greens (spinach, watercress etc) I put a potato for "body" and the greens don't go in until everything else is soft

fuzzpig Wed 02-Jan-13 14:38:51

For the L&P (which my mum taught me) all I do is peel/chop some potatoes, and place them in a large pot along with chopped leeks. I think on balance it's probably about 50/50 but I'm not really sure of measurements as I just do it by making it up eye.

Add water but not quite enough to cover it totally. You can also crumble in a veg stock cube and add a large knob of butter grin

Simmer with a lid on the pot (the steam helps cook it) and stir it. When the potatoes are lovely and soft, blend it. The starch from the spuds makes it lovely and thick, but if too thick just add a little milk. I also add pepper at this point.

wheredidiputchristmas Wed 02-Jan-13 15:06:47

I have in my freezer at the moment which I have made

Leek and Potato
Beef and Barley
Bacon, tomato and veg.

We have eaten so will need to make more

French Onion
Roasted pumpkin

SaggyTitsAndHairyToes Wed 02-Jan-13 15:24:16

i just made leek and sweet potato i will add plenty of pepper and chuck some of the home cook rolls in the oven and serve warm with butter mmmmmm.

Mrsrudolphduvall Wed 02-Jan-13 15:30:36

At the age of 52 I have never ever made soup.
But I will try. To.
Problem is only I would eat it.

Rest of the family won't touch it.

dreamingofsun Wed 02-Jan-13 15:36:24

mrs - i freeze a lot - works really well usually.

Doshusallie Wed 02-Jan-13 15:38:53

Dh is about to make broccolli and Stilton. Yum yum.

FlojoHoHoHo Wed 02-Jan-13 15:42:24

Marks place as i'm too ill to even think about for but one day!

magimedi88 Wed 02-Jan-13 15:55:59

Love parsnip soup but it gives me unbelieveable wind!

Cogito - I make a very similar lentil soup to yours & serve it with a squeeze of lemon & a dollop of natural yogurt.

I also make potato & celery soup - served with grated cheese.

My best soup is Summer soup!

It's summa this & summa that!!! Usually a great clear out of older veg & bits from the fridge. The last one I made had:

Onion, leek, carrot, end of a chinese leaf, 1 rasher of bacon - all sweated off. Then added 1 left over cooked sausage, a few red lentils, the end of a pack of watercress, squeeze of tom puree & water. Boiled till soft & blended. Then seasoned to taste.

The only failure I've ever had with Summer soup is when I added left over roast spuds - really strong weird taste.

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 02-Jan-13 16:12:53

Butternut squash or pumpkin. Usually add some chilli flakes or yellow thai paste. Poss coconut milk and corriander or chickpeas, cumin and cinnamon. I love making soup, it's one of my favourite things to do. Any left over vegetables get made into soup

There are some great sounding soups here! I'm getting hungry...

DeathMetalMum Wed 02-Jan-13 17:09:17

Broccoli and Carrot, very simple -

Onion and oil in the bottom of thr pan,
Add the chopped carrots and broccoli I never measure usually do 2-3 carrots and whatever broccoli I have using the stalk adds lots of flavour (have even just used the stalk before) soften slightly
Cover with veg stock
Simmer until veg is cooked
Season usually just pepper.

NervousReindeer Wed 02-Jan-13 17:10:21

Some great recipes on here. Think we'll be having soup tomorrow

MothershipG Wed 02-Jan-13 19:04:44

Spiced carrot & lentil. Everyone loves it! smile

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 02-Jan-13 19:11:51

mrs - I get around that problem. we have soup & puddibg meals. So, soup & nice bread as the main followed by a comforting pudding like crumble or. treacle sponge. usually stops anyone moaning as we usually only have yoghurt or fruit for week night puddings.

JumpingJackSprat Wed 02-Jan-13 19:23:32

ive never made soup but now im inspired by you lot i never realised it was so easy!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 03-Jan-13 07:40:23

hugh fearnley whittingstall did a lovely one - very simple, fry courgettes and onions untui soft, add salt & pepper and milk & blitz. Surprisingly nice & fresh.

Chubfuddler Thu 03-Jan-13 07:42:20

Mmmmm soup. I feel a soup making session coming on.

DrRanj Thu 03-Jan-13 07:47:30

Roast frozen parsnips in the oven with some chopped onions until soft. Then whizz in the blender with some stock, seasoning, a few dried herbs and some cream. The easiest cream of parsnip soup in the world! grin

fuzzpig Thu 03-Jan-13 08:42:30

My line manager told me a really nice one - roughly chopped roast sweet potato, red onion and red pepper, on a tray with a drizzle of oil. Roast in oven. Blend. Yum!

Oh yey, I have a bag of parsnips to use up too!!! Plus ham stock, so here we go.... thanks for giving me the nudge to do it!

Jamie Oliver's chorizo & sweet potato soup is amazing.

salvadory Fri 04-Jan-13 21:03:10

I've just made a yummy roasted butternut squash soup, recipe here, just 1 butternut squash, 2 onions, 2 cloves garlic and some veggie stock and creme fraiche, although I think you could do without the creme fraiche. Also it said to use fresh chilli but I only had those jars of crushed chillies and they worked fine, just a little sprinkle.

mugglelady Tue 08-Jan-13 20:42:47

Made the parsnip soup tonight - very nice. Thanks Joyful smile

blibblibs Tue 08-Jan-13 20:48:18

Easiest soup in the world - chuck finely diced onion (I use frozen), grated carrot, red lentils and ham (has to be ham!) stock cubes in a pan of water.
Bring to the boil, simmer till you remember you have it on & hey presto - tasty soup grin

brighthair Tue 08-Jan-13 21:53:26

Cauliflower cheese soup - served with crispy bacon on top yum!

Pinot Wed 09-Jan-13 13:42:46

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blue2 Wed 09-Jan-13 13:50:50

Celeriac soup is a good one for us:www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/homestyleceleriacsou_87169

Tastes even better if you have a slug of cream to add at the end

plantsitter Wed 09-Jan-13 13:55:10

Parsnip and squash - chop parsnip and peel and chop squash. Put in roasting time with as many garlic cloves as you can be bothered to peel. Toss in olive oil. Roast for 40 mins.

Put in pan with hot stock, whizz up, add salt, pepper, bit of apple juice and white wine vinegar (if you have).

You can toast some sunflower seeds to sprinkle on it & it's bloomin' gorgeous.

plantsitter Wed 09-Jan-13 13:55:34

roasting tin

Didn't realise soup was so simple! Will have to give these a go.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 09-Jan-13 14:08:52

My current favourite is roasted red pepper and lentil: cut and deseed a couple of red peppers and bung in oven to roast till blackened. Meanwhile gently fry onion, celery, carrot, garlic if you want. When nicely soft and sweetened up add tin toms; remove blackened skins from pepper, add one to the rest and blend that lot, chop the other pepper, return to pan and add red lentils and as much water as seems necessary and simmer till they're cooked.

I don't season it till its served as DD doesn't like pepper, DH can't have salt whereas I want both.

Good with cheese and/or crispy bacon bits. Or cut up sausage if you've got any leftover.

Nyx Wed 09-Jan-13 14:19:47

Just marking my place so I can try the parsnip soup out later grin

choceyes Wed 09-Jan-13 14:23:21

I made a nice vegtable soup the other day and ate it all up in two lunchtimes. I put in the basics like onions and garlic and a bit of herbs, plus a can of tomato, half a savoy cabbage, 3 carrots and a big sweet potato. I roughly blended it (I don't like it blended to a puree) and ate it topped with a rasher of bacon!! Very yummy!

Next I'm going to make sweet potato soup with chilli and coconut. Had it in a cafe once and it was amazing. You have to add the chilli in with the onions to cook and then stir in some coconut milk or coconut cream in at the end....heavenly. I guess you could use a bit of red thai curry paste instead and then coconut, that would be nice too.

JRsandCoffee Thu 10-Jan-13 04:10:55

Get one of those winter veg packs they do in the supermarket (or a leek, turnip, onion, parsnip and a couple of carrots). Chop up everything. Fry off the onion, chuck everything else in along with about 600 ml of stock (more if you don't like thick soup) and simmer until veg soft. Add a biggish dash of curry powder to taste and blend. Comforting thick soup! I look out for those packs being reduced so I can make it even cheaper, my record is 40p including the cost of stock........ok, I'm a bit sad....... I think baby has finally nodded off so will be back with celeriac another time!!!!

JRsandCoffee Thu 10-Jan-13 06:01:21

Oh good, it's time to be awake again......

Chop an onion and fry off, in butter works well in this one, peel and chop the celeriac small. Add to the onion along with a fine chopped clove of garlic fry for a minute or two on a medium to high heat then add half a glass of wine (from a full glass) and cook off for a minute or two, add whatever wine you haven't polished off while waiting along with stock. Cook the veg through and blend. Add cream to taste.

TempusFuckit Thu 10-Jan-13 08:31:19

Spicy peanut - onion, root veg (sweet potato especially good) to sweat, paprika, tinned tomatoes and stock to simmer and stir in peanut butter before blending.

I have the New Covent Garden book of soups, which that is adapted from, and it's one of my most used. Their spicy lentil is lush (onion, red lentils, tomatoes, ground coriander and cumin iirc).

melliebobs Thu 10-Jan-13 08:34:07

Left over roast chicken.

Fry off onion n carrots. Add some flour. Then stick. Left over potatoes. Boil till soft. Then add broccoli sweet corn n the chicken.

It's more of a broth than a soup but it's bloody good. Almost better than the roast itself grin

MrsPennyapple Thu 10-Jan-13 08:41:45

Carrot, lentil and coriander is my favourite. I have some warships to use up though so might do that today.

bruffin Thu 10-Jan-13 08:43:29

Avolegmo soup

Left over chicken, carcass.
Boil up carcass for a stock,add a stock cube for a bit more flavour
Add rice and bits of chicken until rice is cooked. Thicken with egg, then add lemon juice.

SpangleMaker Thu 10-Jan-13 13:20:39

Last night I did squash - apple - chilli from HFW's Three Good Things.....

chop/peel/roast the squash, about halfway through add chunks of peeled/cored apples. Roughly half the weight of apples to squash. You should also add garlic but I didn't have any fresh so squeezed some puree in at the end. You can also add sage leaves but again I didn't (I do have a sage plant in the garden but couldn't be arsed to go outside). Blitz, adding stock to make required consistency. Serve drizzled with chilli oil.

He suggests making your own chilli oil with olive oil, chilli seeds, garlic and pinch of paprika - heat through for a few mins and leave to stand while squash is cooking. Mine didn't go the lovely red colour it should be but it tasted fine - lovely combination of sweet soup and heat from the chilli.

Marking place

Warships? In soup?

Is this a decorative detail I have missed over last 32 years?

GeordieCherry Sat 12-Jan-13 05:27:53

Chickpea, chorizo & spinach. Lush for cold weather

Fry an onion with a spoonful of red curry paste, add in butternut squash, cover with veg stock and simmer til soft. Add half a tin of coconut milk, blitz in blender. Divine!

FuriousRox Sat 12-Jan-13 05:41:38

Warships? An alternative to croutons with a bit of extra zing, perhaps? Yummy!

Don't think any one has mentioned Jerusalem artichoke soup, the smoothest, silkiest, most delicious soup of all. Usual recipe - sweat onion and garlic, add the artichokes and some spuds, add stock, simmer, season, add cream.

You have to wash and peel the artichokes and they are knobbly little buggers, but it's worth the effort. You'll all have gas afterwards too so it's a fun one to serve at a posh dinner party!

MrsPennyapple Sun 13-Jan-13 08:08:27

Warships? Parsnips! Must have been on my phone when I did that...

BikeRunSki Sun 13-Jan-13 08:33:44

Beetroot - old Crank's recipe, with an apple added. Idea was from a flatmate years ago. Red wine is nice in it too!

Red lentil and tomato - add chillies, chilli powder, garlic, ginger, cumin, smoked paprika a you fancy.

Pea - bag of frozen peas, green oxo stock, potato or two, onion. Maybe bag of spinach. Brocolli stalk if I have one in.

Noodle - Marmite or Miso broth. Packet of noodles, chopped up carrot, onion, tinned sweetcorn/baby corn, frozen peas/mange tout.

StupidFlanders Sun 13-Jan-13 09:40:18

I work with someone who made a celery soup (celery with a bit of potato and stock) and she added cooked tapioca at the end which was great!

GrimmaTheNome Mon 14-Jan-13 19:58:34

I made my red pepper and lentil soup this weekend...except when I got to the point of adding the lentils found I hadn't any. So used a can of chickpeas - half blended in, half whole. DD looked at it suspiciously then ate it for lunch, dinner and bagsied the remains the next day!

SueFawley Tue 15-Jan-13 12:05:47

I don't do much cooking but that will change this year. I've set a goal to cook at least one meal a week. But I have made soups in the past, my favourite is celeriac garnished with some crispy bacon or pancetta. And a drop of double cream.
So easy to make and very rewarding.

lolalotta Tue 15-Jan-13 17:53:42

If you like soup this Irish soda bread from BBC Good Food tastes AMAZING and is so simple and quick...it HAS to be eaten fresh out the oven though smothered in butter! grin
BTW, I HALVE this recipe and it still makes loads!!!!

lolalotta Tue 15-Jan-13 17:55:19

I meant to add that it's perfect with soup!!!

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