Soup! It's soup season! Can I have your best soup recipes please?

(252 Posts)
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 19:29:12

I have no blender or other contraption so all my soups are the kind with bits in. So....what have you got for me? grin

I can smell Autumn....she's's time to think on!

I am particularly interested in vegetarian and vegan recipes but meat is good too! grin

Janek Sun 08-Sep-13 19:40:50

i make this one, only i never have a celery stick, put in a teaspoon of each of the three spices and grate the carrots at the start so i don't have to blend the soup at the end - i don't like blended lentils, but i really like whole ones!

bittenipples Sun 08-Sep-13 19:45:14

Get a hand blender! Makes awesome soup, I had butternut squash and ginger the other day it was delicious.

slinkydinky Sun 08-Sep-13 19:46:36

This is my favourite!

TheWomanWhoMisplacedHerHusband Sun 08-Sep-13 19:46:58

Spicy lentil with spinach, no blender needed. Think it's jamie Oliver's recipe - v nice if you have a cold too

serin Sun 08-Sep-13 19:49:36

Chop up a punnet of mushrooms.
Fry in a knob of butter til the juices run.
Add a dessert spoon of flour and cook for a minute.
Pour in chicken stock and a splash of milk.
Let mixture thicken.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 20:27:15

Slinky that looks gorge but I've no blender and can't buy anything at all at the mo. Am looking up Jamie Olviers Spicy Lentil now Woman Thanks all..

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 20:28:34

Is it this one Woman? Again it needs a blender damn it! grin

rubyslippers Sun 08-Sep-13 20:29:53

this is fab


rubyslippers Sun 08-Sep-13 20:30:47

you don't need to blend it either although it says you do

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 20:35:08

Ah bugger it, I've just reserved a cheapo hand blender at will be better to be able to vary the soups.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 20:35:52

Ooh thanks Ruby...that looks great! V healthy too.

I love soup. I have to blend all mine though, as DP (yes, DP not DC) doesn't like bits.

I currently make curried butternut squash that has a tin of coconut milk in and carrot and lentil.

Hoping to try some new kinds this winter. That mushroom one sounds great!

Wiifitmama Sun 08-Sep-13 20:37:25

I eat soup everyday- cold in summer and warm in winter. I don't follow recipes as such, just use what I have around. I do have a hand blender and like my soups smooth, but you an just chop bits smaller if you like.

Today I made two soups:

Courgette, onion, carrots and pumpkin (the pumpkin was the tinned variety but you can use fresh). With chicken stock (I always have some in the freezer). I used onion granules' garlic granules, cumin and paprika to spice it. And two whole chillies.

I also made a soup for the family for dinner tomorrow which is one I make a lot. Fry onion, add chopped carrots. Add a whole pack f washed RED lentils, add chicken stock, season with loads of cumin. I blend but you don't have to.

One I made loads over the last winter was a roasted vegetable soup. Onion, garlic, carrots, and butternut squash cut into pieces and roasted with olive oil in the oven. Then tip into pan with stock and cook. Again, I blend, but you don't have to. The roasted veg add a totally different flavour than boiled. I like it with chillies in too for a kick and sometimes add coconut milk. Or yogurt.

Over the summer I did a cold soup a lot with onion, courgettes and frozen peas. Cooked with stock. Blended and loads of chopped mint added.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 20:42:08

Yes Serins Mushy one sounds yummy...I have a whole punnet of mushrooms in fridge at the moment too!

LisaMed Sun 08-Sep-13 20:51:08

Cheese soup - got this out of a M&S cook book so long ago that I can't remember the proper proportions.

Gently heat some bacon in butter so the fat runs and the bacon goes pale but not crispy. Add finely chopped onion and carrot and soften these. Then stir in a good tablespoon of flour and cook for @ one minute. Gradually add a pint of stock (I use stock cubes) with a tsp of marmite, 1/2 tsp of mustard & generous wallop of worcestershire sauce dissolved in. Add tsp mixed herbs or bouquet garni teabag. I find you have to be v careful with just a few tbs of stock at first but then it blends in fine. Simmer 20 mins, add large handful of grated cheese, serve.

We always leave out the cheese.

This recipe comes out every winter and it does warm you through.

Leek and potato - I like it much better unblended and just mash some of the potato to thicken the stock a bit.

PavlovtheCat Sun 08-Sep-13 20:57:38

Oh I am keeping this page! I make lovely soup, but it's a cupboard soup, standard, hardly any variation and a few new ones will be good to try. I love soup!

ElleMcFearsome Sun 08-Sep-13 20:58:28

Winter veg soup I leave out the pearl barley (also the celery if I haven't got it), add a cubed a potato or two, some cubed squash if I have it kicking around and blend half of it as DH and DD prefer it chunkier. As my veg box has carrots, leeks, potatoes and parsnips in it all winter it's a good job DD and DH will eat a lot of it. I'm making it tomorrow as DD has decided it's cold enough to warrant soup again.

PavlovtheCat Sun 08-Sep-13 20:59:16

oh yes, and I also never use a celery stick as I never have one either. but mostly because it's vile. And before you say you can't taste it, it's a flavour enhancer, yada yada yada. I can bloody well taste it. Many a good meal has been ruined with the addition of fucking celery.


LisaMed Sun 08-Sep-13 20:59:27

I found that if I softened some random veggies & bacon, thickened with flour and topped up with veg stock that I had a very good soup.

Another one I do a lot has potatoes, carrots, celery, leeks, pearl barley and/or lentils, with cabbage and peas added in the last few minutes.

purplepinkstars Sun 08-Sep-13 21:00:44

Roast some veg, carrots, leek, onions, peppers, potatoes, mix in some rosemary, put in veg stock and roughly blend. Love this one.

HeeBeeGeebies Sun 08-Sep-13 21:03:43

Garlic and Harissa soup, it's an ottelenghi recipe can't link from my phone but it's a lovely soup, very fresh and great if you like a bit of heat.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 08-Sep-13 21:05:31

I made my first soup of the season today. Roasted some squashes then added the flesh to some onions, garlic and chilli. It was a blended soup but tasted magnificent, really spicy.

Love Soup Season. grin

Peel & roughly chop 3 sweet potatoes, 2 carrots and one onion. Cover with veg or chicken stock in big pan and simmer till veg is soft (about 30 mins). Cool slightly and blend till smooth. Add herbs (coriander or dill work best) and seasoning and bring back to simmer. Add a dollop of creme fraiche (although it's fine without, and healthier), and serve.

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 21:10:47

Sorry Neo, I'm going to be cheeky and not offer a recipe, but piggy-back on the thread to see if anyone has an actual recipe for butternut squash or sweet potato or red pepper based soups.

And I'm a useless cook, so need actual recipes, not just "oh I chuck in a bit of whatever and boil it up and it's yum". When I chuck in the contents of the fridge and a stock cube I end up throwing it out.

VaultFullOfTwizzlers Sun 08-Sep-13 21:11:32

I sometimes eat the pasta sauce I make as soup for lunch before freezing the rest. It's chunky but lovely.

I toast the garlic in the pan with oil or butter, add chopped onions, sweat it all with fresh Rosemary then add grated carrots and loads more lurpack

Passata or plum tomatoes, spoonful of sugar, balsamic vinegar to give it a kick and some frozen sweetcorn tipped in (I used to defrost it before adding it to the hot mixture - numpty that I am)

Open a packet of value mozzarella and pour in the flavoured water. Half in the soup to melt and the rest kept aside to rip up and add as chunks just before eating it.

NoelHeadbands Sun 08-Sep-13 21:11:35

Today I've made Broccoli, Savoy cabbage and Sprout soup grin

I know, yum yum eh??

But actually all blitzed up with a spoonful or so of cream and loads of salt and pepper, it's lovely. That's my work lunches for the week sorted

springlenner Sun 08-Sep-13 21:11:48

Butternut squash and sweetcorn. Soften a chopped onion in butter, add a bag of frozen butternut squash, few fistfuls of sweetcorn, add 1 litre of stock. Boil for 10 minutes; mash or blend and you're done. Yummy! Add cream if you like..

Metarie Sun 08-Sep-13 21:14:55

Green Veggy Power Soup , ignore the wanky name.

NoelHeadbands Sun 08-Sep-13 21:15:32

Maryz I halve a butternut squash and put in a roasting tray with a bit of olive oil, sea salt and chilli flakes. Roast until the squash is charred and soft.

I soften a chopped onion in butter, and then put into a blender with the squash (scooped out of the skin) and about 500ml of veg or chicken stock. Whizz.

Joopy Sun 08-Sep-13 21:17:17

I love this thread!! I love making soup. I made this and it was easy and full of flavour

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 21:20:34

Oh, thank you Yippee, that sounds really easy lovely.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 08-Sep-13 21:20:54

Maryz cut and deseed the squash then roast till the flesh is tender, I rub on some sesame oil which adds a lovely nutty flavour but any oil will do. You just rub it on with your hands.

Gently fry some onions till softened. When the squash is tender you scoop it all out, I cut the skin of with a knife. Chop the flesh.

At this point you can add flavour to the onions if you want, I add garlic, chilli, dried cumin and coriander but you can leave it plain and its lovely too.

Add the flesh, top up with stock, simmer till tender then blend. If it's too thick just add more stock.

lucysmam Sun 08-Sep-13 21:22:37

placemark for tomorrow smile

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 21:22:55

And Noel smile

It seems that for most of you "take any veg, fry lightly, add chicken stock, season, simmer and blitz" seems to produce lovely soup envy

Or is it the "add cream/creme freche" that makes them?

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 21:24:55

x-posted - thanks lumpy. You roast the squash in it's skin, do you?

Wow, Joopy, does it really come out that green? ds2 would love to produce that in school (they now have the use of a microwave at lunchtime, so he's been experimenting with all sorts).

oinktopus Sun 08-Sep-13 21:30:20

joopy Weird coincidence... I was going to post the same link. I love that soup. There's nothing better when the nights are drawing in and the air is getting colder. And it's good for you too!

MrsOgg Sun 08-Sep-13 21:31:29

Lentil and bacon soup, it's lush!

Roughly chop about 200g of cooking bacon and fry off, add a chopped onion and chopped stick of celery, fry for five minutes. Add a chopped leek and 3 chopped carrots and about 200g of red lentils and add cold water to cover. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 50 minutes.

No need to blend. You can reduce the bacon and add in some hot dogs at the end (whole), but I prefer it with all bacon.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 08-Sep-13 21:33:02

Yeh, roast in the skin then scoop when it's cool enough. You can add any carrots you have too, it's a moveable feast.

I make pumpkin soup the same way but without the spices and half milk / stock. With the pumpkin soup I add small cubes off gruyere and a swirl of Creme fraiche which is lovely, google Delia Smiths pumpkin soup.

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 21:35:45

Right [thick emoticon]

When you all say "lentil" do you mean dried ones, from a packet? Or do you do something weird with soaking or some such?

recognises that there is a whole world of healthy veggie stuff out there that has escaped ingredient list

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 21:38:34


Neo, thank you so much for this thread smile

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 08-Sep-13 21:43:44

Nigella's roasted butternut squash and sweet potato soup is the business. Don't bother with the blue cheese sauce, just finely grate a little Stilton over it - absolute heaven in a bowl.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 08-Sep-13 21:45:05

You can chuck lentils in from the packet but if you pre soak then it cuts down cooking time.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 08-Sep-13 21:46:44

I love the flavours of nigellas soup but I do think you need to get the skins off, or it's all a bit squeaky.

LovesBeingOnHoliday Sun 08-Sep-13 21:48:04

Spicy carrot soup, I do tend to chuck stuff in but basically bit of onion and garlic, maybe some cumin seeds and or some chilli fried off add carrots (chopped) cover with water and soften carrots. Top up with chicken stock and use a potato masher or blender, if you want it thinner add more stock. Season as required

northender Sun 08-Sep-13 21:55:43

I've made 2 soups today [polishes halo] grin. Both dead easy.
broccoli and stilton. Fry 1 chopped onion until soft, the add a couple of medium potatoes (cubed) and some veg stock. Simmer for 10 mins then ad a chopped up head of broccoli and simmer for another 3-4 mins. Add some crumbled stilton and then whizz up.
tomato. Fry onion and garlic until soft, then add tinned tomatoes or a combination of tinned and fresh, some cubed potato to help the texture and chicken or veg stock and simmer for 20-30 mins. Add a handful of basil leaves if you have them (or a dollop of pesto) and blitz
I'm a bit vague on quantities as I don't follow a recipe but they seem to work whatever.

soupmaker Sun 08-Sep-13 21:56:39

This is my type of thread!

My current favourite is minestrone.

Brown a small packet of pancetta cubes.

Add chopped onion, sliced leek, chopped celery, diced carrot and diced courgette, and a couple of crushed cloves of garlic.

Sweat for at least 15 minutes. Veg should not colour.

Add a tin of chopped tomatoes, couple of bay leaves, and couple of litres or more of chicken or ham stock. Season with pepper and salt.

If you have it, add a Parmesan rind.

Bring to boil and add plenty shredded Savoy cabbage.

Simmer until veg is tender, add a couple of handfuls of small pasta shapes and a tin of cannelloni beans, and continue to simmer until pasta cooked.

Serve with a generous grating of fresh Parmesan cheese on top and loads of crusty bread.

soupmaker Sun 08-Sep-13 21:59:06

I mean cannellini beans, although other beans work just as well.

Clargo55 Sun 08-Sep-13 22:00:12

Thanks for this thread Neo. Yum!

fatlazymummy Sun 08-Sep-13 22:01:57

Today I made broccoli and stilton soup (recipe from BBCgoodfood), it was quite nice. Will probably make it again as it makes a complete meal in itself.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 22:06:47

grin We're all having soup tomorrow, soup tomorrow soup tomorrow!

PoppadomPreach Sun 08-Sep-13 22:09:07

Maryz - this recipe is for pumpkin, but I use sweet potato or squash. It is very tasty, especially with the spiced onions.

Nigel Slater Pumpkin and Dal soup

Yamyoid Sun 08-Sep-13 22:12:00

This recipe is really quick and tasty.

This chicken noodle soup is lovely. I use leftover roast chicken and a little goes a long way.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 08-Sep-13 22:15:14

We always have soup and sarni night. Nice homemade soup and and a sarni on the side, ticks ALL the boxes.

Fry onion, or two.
Add garlic and carrots.
Add stock (of any kind or marmite if no stock).
Add cubes-ish of potatos.
Add red lentils.
Salt and pepper.


It is thick, delicious and filling.
I also just add whatever I have lying about, broccoli, peas, tomatoes, whatever really. Ooh bacon, it's nice with bacon too!

have mental block about spelling tomatoes/tomatos/potatoes/potatos so plumped for one of each

Bunnyjo Sun 08-Sep-13 22:21:23

Fantastic thread. I go to uni at the end of this month and need recipes I can hash up the night before to reheat for the masses the next day. I will definitely be trying a few of these ones out smile

Yamyoid Sun 08-Sep-13 22:21:33

Oh just read you've got a blender. One of my favourites us Nigel Slater's curried parsnip soup.
I can't find the recipe but this looks the same.

Xiaoxiong Sun 08-Sep-13 22:27:17

I never have enough time to wait for butternut squash to cool to scoop out of the skin, so I always peel with veg peeler, chop in half, scoop out seeds and strings, and chop into 1 inch chunks before I put in on a baking sheet to roast. Sprinkle with any spices you like: I love cumin, coriander, cinnamon and allspice but any one of these will still be nice.

On the same tray (or separate if your trays are small), put two or three apples, peeled and cored and chunked and two onions, peeled and quartered to roast at the same time.

Then when it's all tender and browned you can just scrape the hot veg straight into a pot (no faffing around while waiting for the squash to cool), add enough stock just to cover, simmer for a bit and then whizz with stick blender.

DTisMYdoctor Sun 08-Sep-13 22:28:42

Ooh, I love soup season!

I'm quite partial to this spicy butternut squash soup

DTisMYdoctor Sun 08-Sep-13 22:30:21

Oh, and I usually use a bag of prepared butternut squash as life is too short to peel and dice one!

Mintyy Sun 08-Sep-13 22:35:53

Oh yum. I LOVE soup. I choose soup in Pret A Manger or heat up a carton more often than having a sandwich in the winter.

My favourite soups to make are cauliflower (it is delicious), leek and potato (I like it blended and I cook the leeks in butter along with half a finely chopped onion), lentil and bacon and french onion with the toasted cheese crouton.

If I have a lot of time I make Nigella's minestrone, which is really very good indeed.

This winter I intend to branch out and make some spiced Indian dahly type soups and I'd also really like to be able to make good Chinese or Thai soup if anyone has any good recipes?

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 22:38:31

I love, love, love this thread grin

I feel a soupfest coming on.

I love soup especially JO onion soup and carrot soup.

This is not a marking my place post, oh no it isn't.

Okay my fallback butternut squash soup as follows...

Chop and fry an onion, couple of garlic cloves, a good hit of ground cumin (1-2 teaspoons) add a whole cubed butternut squash. If you've only got a small squash or need to feed more people you can easily add 2-3 large potatoes and not affect the flavour. Pour over chicken stock and simmer until soft, blend until smooth.

Absolutely delicious smile

soupmaker Sun 08-Sep-13 23:11:55

Mintyy I make Thai Tom Yum soup. I do cheat as I use Tom Yum paste.

Add Tom Yum paste to taste to chicken stock. I also add a teaspoon of lemon grass paste.

Add quartered tomatoes, halved mushrooms, and chopped spring onion. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Add chicken or prawns and pak choi. Heat through and finish with lime juice and a splash of fish sauce.

To make a complete meal add egg noddles.


foreverchanging Sun 08-Sep-13 23:18:36

<marking my place>

Will be back tomorrow to add some ideas!

Marking my place to come back and get soup inspiration when I have time to read the full thread!
But just to add...we have had sweet potato, red pepper & chorizo soup for dinner tonight and it was soooo tasty! We have soup at least one night a week.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 23:27:30

I am going shopping for chillis, corriander, onions and more red lentils....grin

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 23:32:11

Is there a cheat's chilli?

You know, like garlic paste or tomato puree? So you don't have to chop and de-seed the chilli and risk having hot-spots?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 23:33:06

DH has chilli oil which he sometimes adds to his's quite hot. He makes it himself but I am sure you can buy it.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 23:34:18

And Sainsbos do a chilli paste Maryz....just googled it. That might be easier for me too...I hate chilli seeds!

Maryz Sun 08-Sep-13 23:37:19

Oh goodie. I wonder if there is a Tesco equivalent (no Sainsbos here). I have a ginger and garlic paste that ds got for Christmas which could be useful too.

This is a great thread.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 08-Sep-13 23:38:53

I bet Tesco do one too...their worldy food bit is quite good these days.

foreverchanging Mon 09-Sep-13 13:32:23

Moroccan Chickpea Soup is lovely.

(Although I leave the broad beans out)

foreverchanging Mon 09-Sep-13 13:33:55

Mushroom and sherry soup is nice in cold weather.

Fry onions, garlic, mushrooms (add a chunk of flour). Add stock and boil up. Add a good glug of sherry before serving.

sarahtigh Mon 09-Sep-13 13:39:20

chop up butternut squash and 2 sweet potatoes into about 1" cubes place in roasting tray toss in a little bit of olive oil and a few teaspoons of ground ginger and maybe rosemary spray roast till cooked add to chicken 2-3 pints stock and blend or else mask up before adding to stock season to taste plenty of black pepper to make go even further add tin of chick peas or swap ginger for harissa paste or curry powder

great with soda bread

pindorasbox Mon 09-Sep-13 13:53:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JamInMyWellies Mon 09-Sep-13 13:55:11

This is my favourite lentil soup recipie

whats4teamum Mon 09-Sep-13 13:55:32

I am currently eating a bowl of Spiced Cauliflower Soup and it is fab.

Break 1 small cauliflower into florets and place in a roasting dish. Sprinkle with 1 heaped tsp of ground cumin, salt and pepper. Spray with squirty oil and roast approx 20 mins at 200c. It should be tender and slightly charred.

Chop 1 onion and clove of garlic. Spray saucepan with oil and soften onion and garlic. Add 1 pt veg stock and add cauliflower and simmer 5 mins.

Blitz with hand blender. This makes two portions and only has 55kcals per portion.

PeterParkerSays Mon 09-Sep-13 13:58:30

I found this veg and lentil soup recipe on Pinterest earlier.

It's going in the Parker family repertoire as it sounds fab.

Meatyfeet Mon 09-Sep-13 14:01:39

Carrot and cheddar smile.

Fry off onion and garlic.
Add sliced carrots and a couple of cubed potatoes.
Add veg stock and cook for 15 mins.
Blend and add a sprinkling of grated cheese.

Beautiful smile

Maryz you should be able to get this stuff in Tesco Lazy Chilli

I'm definitely going to be making more varieties of soup this winter.

oinktopus Mon 09-Sep-13 14:15:24

I know it's seen as a bit boring but September is a really good time to make tomato soup. It doesn't have to be plain tomato, either. I do mine with chillies, or red peppers, or mascarpone.

DollySisterDoesntLikeHerDiet Mon 09-Sep-13 14:28:42

Janek I made your carrot and lentil soup today. That's a new favourite. So simple to make but hearty and tasty too.

PoppyAmex Mon 09-Sep-13 19:51:49

This is the best thread in a long time; good work OP!

Sorry cant share much at he moment as I'm on my phone.

Janek Mon 09-Sep-13 19:53:11

I'm glad you like it. I have to make it for my lunch as dp isn't at all keen so we can't have it for dinnerhmm. What's not to like i say grin?

I LOVE soup season!

Today I started it off with a Parsnip (bag reduced to clear for 30p!) and added the 2 Sweet Potatoes I had left over from the weekends roast, i also added some sage and basic seasoning then I blended it so DS could have some in his sippy cup. It was really nice. smile

TotemPole Mon 09-Sep-13 20:18:08

This lentil and tomato soup is nice. It goes well with naan bread.

I do it in the slow cooker. I just add everything in one go and put it on for about 4 hours. Take out the bay leaves, blitz it with the hand held blender then maybe add a bit more stock if it's too thick and leave for another 30-60 minutes.

Altinkum Mon 09-Sep-13 20:19:56

2 large tatties, 2 large onions, 6 large carrots, and a massive spoonful of coriander. Veg stock cube.

Carrot and coriander soup, costs about £1.50 to make and tastes immense.

Mintyy Mon 09-Sep-13 20:30:40

I am having lentil and bacon later, with walnut bread! Oooooooh.

BaldHedgehog Mon 09-Sep-13 22:48:17

Yellow split pea & smoked ribs nevermind the farts later

Can we have this thread moved to food or somewhere where it won't disappear?

PorridgeLover Mon 09-Sep-13 22:53:02

Most excellent thread!
I love soup; someone upthread said about Tomato soup in September.....
I made a batch yesterday....roast halved tomatos plus garlic plus balsamic plus thyme plus olive oil. After 40 minutes, tip into a saucepan with 500ml chicken/veg stock.
Freezes well too.

And if you serve this with homemade brown bread....well I'm not embarassed to serve this to anyone invited to lunch at my house.

minidipper Mon 09-Sep-13 23:01:22

Spiced lentil and apple is good too, if you have sharp apples to use up.
Mug of red lentils, well rinsed, 2 large bramleys, onion and celery stick finely chopped, 2 carrots, 2 pints of veg or chicken stock, curry powder or your own blend of fresh spices, toasted and ground, garlic and ginger, finely grated.

Fry onion, celery garlic and ginger until translucent. Add spices and stir. Add lentils, carrots, apples and stock. Cook until lentils are tender and then blend. Doesn't taste fruity or apply just autumnal with a lovely sharp hint to it which goes well with the lentils and spices.

Iamcountingto3 Mon 09-Sep-13 23:05:50

marking my place to come back for inspiration tomorrow - love soup!

MartyrStewart Mon 09-Sep-13 23:27:34

Another one shamelessly place marking for tomorrow.

ZingWantsCake Mon 09-Sep-13 23:45:28

Neo thanks for starting this thread - you beat me to it!

I like cooked butternut squash, carrots & leek plus fried onions blended or mashed. I like it bitsy too!
add a splash of orange juice (plus salt & pepper)
fry bits of bacon till crunchy, scatter on top of bowl of soup.


ZingWantsCake Mon 09-Sep-13 23:52:33

MNHQ midnight mood booster recipe:

1. warm any soup that you fancy. freshly made, carton or pot - it doesn't matter

2. add gin

3. enjoy!

RaisingArizona Mon 09-Sep-13 23:52:44

I made chicken soup today.
Pack of leg/drumstick/thigh portions with skin on.
2 large carrots thinly sliced
1 large stick of celery thinly sliced.
parsnip (optional)
2 leeks or one large white onion diced.
Dried or fresh dill (generous amount)
Chicken stock cube.
Vermicelli or egg noodle pasta strips.
Black pepper to taste.

Bung the chicken bits in large pan of water. Bring to boil and simmer till chicken is cooked. Skim off any scum that forms as liquid boils. If poss leave overnight and scrape off fatty layer on top. If thats not practical - sieve the stock through a piece of muslin/coffee filter paper. Add all the other ingredients and cook through till all veg soft. Cook noodles and drain. Add to soup. Yum.

foodgfood Tue 10-Sep-13 06:10:27

This one's eassssssy! Which I need with a ridiculously clingy one year old like a limpet on my leg while I'm trying to cook.

Super healthy: high protein, slow release carbs, really filling

Two main ingredients: lentils and tinned tomato, onion if you want to but I usually leave it out. Add stock, ketchup and cumin for flavour.

good soup

mrswishywashy1 Tue 10-Sep-13 07:29:34

I made the mushroom soup from the recipe that serin gave and it was so easy and really lovely. Only difference was I fried my mushrooms in frylight instead of butter then added the flour in with the stock and I fried an onion with it.

Easiest soup ever smile

MRSJWRTWR Tue 10-Sep-13 09:14:01

I do a tomato and lentil soup as well but even easier, just 2 x cans of toms, 1 x can lentils (washed and drained). Soften onions and garlic, add toms and lentils + some chicken/veg stock or just an extra can or two of water , cook for 20mins, adjust seasoning and blend using stick blender. I think its a Mary Berry recipe.

BooMeowson Tue 10-Sep-13 09:23:53

This is Nan's Soup aka ham soup. She's passed away now and it means a lot to DH that we have this recipe.

buy a smoked ham hock or bacon joint (smoked) .Simmer meat in water on a low light for about an hour until tender (or overnight in a slow cooker but don’t throw away the liquid !)

Add carrot and onion (you can also buy ham stock cubes and put them in at this stage and simmer for another half hour until carrot tender. Add a large can of Pease Pudding and a DRAINED large can of Butter beans . Then add either one X LARGE can heinz tomatoe soup or 2 x 400g tins.

Simmer for another 10-15 mins stirring gently . Then its done.

You can cook boiled potatoes and serve with the soup or add dumpling mix if you want (dumplings will need to simmer in the soup with a lid on top for about 10-15mins so add them once you’ve done the last stage and its come to a gentle bubble)

stealthsquiggle Tue 10-Sep-13 09:29:08

Shamelessly marking place.

This is the winter that I convert my family to soup and bread as a default week day supper option [determined]

milk Tue 10-Sep-13 09:31:55

Chicken wings
matzo balls

I've been eating it for the past 2 days grin

lucamom Tue 10-Sep-13 09:35:54

The mushroom soup & cheesy chowder on my board are to die for:

PoppyAmex Tue 10-Sep-13 09:36:08

Right, here's my contribution...

A very typical Portuguese soup with kale and chorizo - it's very filling, warm and no blender required.

Portuguese Caldo Verde

roundtable Tue 10-Sep-13 09:38:54

My mouth is watering!

I make a basic chicken broth if I'm organised enough to make a stock from a chicken carcass. I make the stock with any veg I have laying around.

Cook for an hour.

Sieve and add more veg, chicken pieces from the carcass and cook for another hour. If I'm feeling exciting I might add noodles and soy sauce.

I keep meaning to replicate a soup I ate gallons of on my honeymoon which was a chicken soup but had lime and tortilla chips with it. I never have any lime in when I go to make it or I buy a lime and then I never get round to making it!

This thread is ace.

As an aside, I drank my first mug of hot chocolate last night, snuggled under a blanket on the sofa in my slippers. Autumn is definitely here!

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Sep-13 09:39:09

Ooh - some great recipes here. Any chance we could press you to head on over to our recipes section and add them in here?

lucamom Tue 10-Sep-13 09:43:46

My kid's favourite 'magic soup' (so called because when they were very little, they would dip bread in and it would turn orange, hence 'magic!). Even my v fussy godaughter eats this. Doesn;t have stock so great early food for kids as you control the salt.

2 sweet pots
2 tins chickpeas
2 tins tomatoes
2-3 carrots
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp gd cinnamon

- Fry onion & carrots for 10 mins on low until soft
- Add garlic & spices, stir for 1 min
- Add diced sweet pot, chickpeas (drained), tomatoes (add further 2 cans tomatoes by using empty cans filled with water)
- Bring to boil, simmer until sweet pot and carrots soft, blitz with a hand blender. Season to taste (needs lots of salt for my palate!)

lucamom Tue 10-Sep-13 09:44:38

Should add, the spices don't make it 'spicy', just flavoured nicely.

If your kids like it hot, or if it's just for grown ups you could add fresh or dried chilli

pindorasbox Tue 10-Sep-13 09:56:22

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teta Tue 10-Sep-13 10:00:10

I make scotch broth using lamb stock from boiling lamb mince for Shepherd's pie.Just add pearl barley and diced potatoes,root vegetables plus peas and carrots.If you a really strong stock you can enrich it with a Knorr lamb stock cube.Its very healthy as I remove all the fat from the stock by refrigerating it overnight .Another really nice soup is Thai chicken curry soup with glass noodles.Dilute any left over curry with stock an coconut milk,add chicken,noodles and coriander.It is truly delicious.You do need proper Thai curry sauce for this though,not the Lloyd Grossman type though.

PoppyAmex Tue 10-Sep-13 10:01:51

I bought some Arbroath smokies to make cullen skink and now am obsessed with chowders - does anyone have a reliable chowder type recipe for clams or other fishy types please?

lucamom Tue 10-Sep-13 10:19:53

Poppy It's American but can be adapted if you don;t have the specific ingredients in the recipe:

lucamom Tue 10-Sep-13 10:23:15


Most soups can be made with little or no equipment other than a pan, and a few ingredients - basically veg/stock and anything else you want to add.

For example, brocolli + stock, blended makes brocolli soup. You could jazz it up by sauteing an onion first, and maybe adding cheese at the end, but essentially it's soup with just the 2 ingredients. Same with peas; boil in stock and blend. You could do either in a slow cooker, 4 hrs on high/6-8 hrs on low.

The net is full of recipes, check out google search of 'slow cooker soups' or look at Pinterest.

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 10:26:45

Marking my place...
We are very big soup fans in this house, well apart from dd who will only eat this this carrot soup
This one is ds's fave
While I personally love mushroom soup
And spiced lentil which despite being dirt cheap is divine.
If you want to be a 'chuck whatever's in the veg basket and have delicious soup' type, there's a couple of things to remember... if you're blending and you want your soup thick then using root veg will make it thick, if not then you can either use flour or stale bread. Be a bit stingy with the water too, you can always water it down when you've blended, it's a bit more difficult to make it thicker once you're done.

BeCool Tue 10-Sep-13 10:36:06

Fast & Flash Pea Soup
Cook some Petit Pois in chicken or vege stock. Add some garlic if you like, or a little mint.
Serve with some cheese on top.

(for Pea Soup, make with peas instead of Petit Pois) grin

ClaimedByMe Tue 10-Sep-13 10:48:11

Anyone got a tasty but easy carrot and coriander recipe? Always fancied making it rather than buy it in cartons

pindorasbox Tue 10-Sep-13 10:53:57

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theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 10:54:28

carrot and coriander is the one that I tend to use although I'm slapdash, I tend to just tailor it to what I have in the veg basket.

pindorasbox Tue 10-Sep-13 10:55:38

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Backinthebox Tue 10-Sep-13 11:06:17

People who haven't got a blender to make soup - this doesn't cost much more than some of the ingredients you're on about, and increases the range of soups you can make by a huge amount! And it fits in the drawer and the end bit goes in the dishwasher easily.

We lived on soup the winter we lived in a ski resort. Well, soup and steak barbecued on the living room fireplace grin.

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 11:06:49

Hmm, tricky one, if it's boiled it would be fine, although I probably would have used it as long as the chicken was thoroughly cooked.

I tend to make my stock with leftovers from the Sunday roast, although I roast the chicken bones before I put them in the SC. Only because this is what my Mum always does.

pindorasbox Tue 10-Sep-13 11:37:36

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NationMcKinley Tue 10-Sep-13 11:46:57

Cardinal MN sin of not reading the whole threads so apologies if this is similar to others already posted. I make this all the time and it's bloody lovely. Sorry, no precise measurements as I made it up as I went along.....

Couple of big sweet potatoes
Couple of carrots
Small onion
Cup of red lentils
Tin of tomatoes
Veggie stock cube
Teaspoon of smoked paprika (or to taste)
Chilli (if you want).

Chop the SPs, onion and carrots. Shove all the ingredients in a big pot with some water. Cook until everything's soft (and for as long as the lentils need). Blitz with your new blender. You can add more water if you want it thinner. I keep it very thick. My DSs love it. It's an easy, nutritious tea with some cheese on toast. grin

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 11:49:17

I just roast the bones in a hot oven after dinner, (usually about 20 mins in hottish oven) stick in SC with an onion, maybe a stick of celery and/or carrot, about six peppercorns and sometimes thyme if I can be bothered to retrieve from garden. Leave it to cook for a few hours, bad ahhhh chicken stock.

teta Tue 10-Sep-13 11:51:02

You make a meat stock by cooking meat or bones in liquid.The resultant liquid is called stock.Vegetable stock is made by cooking vegetables in liquid often with herbs and spices.Alternatively you can use stock cubes or powder-Marigold and Kallo are good ones.Never throw away stock.You can freeze it for later.The nicest stock makes the best tasting soup.

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 11:53:24

And yes pindorasbox I was talking about the resultant liquid from your chicken before. I would have used it, but I think the official advice for using liquid from a chicken is that it should be boiled but, personally as long as the chicken itself is thoroughly cooked I would use it. HTH

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Tue 10-Sep-13 11:54:13

Mmmmm, this thread makes me happy. smile

I made a really nice soup after pot roasting some beef at the weekend. I pot roasted the beef with more veg than usual (onion, celery, carrots, tomato, herbs) and covered it in stock and red wine. I blended all the non-meat bits and it was really nice as soup.

ClaimedByMe Tue 10-Sep-13 11:57:07

Thanks theginganija (that's what my ds calls himself) that recipe looks easy enough smile

missmartha Tue 10-Sep-13 12:00:26

I make loads of soups and currently have a fennel and chickpea waiting for my lunch.

Have we had a miso soup?

Poach a thigh or two of chicken with skin off.

Remove and add some very finely sliced veg like carrots, leeks, some sweet corn and a sachet of miso.

Add some noodles, any sort and any amount, as you like.

Take the flesh of the bone/s add to the liquid and serve.

No blender needed.

It's light, yet satisfying.

theginganinja Tue 10-Sep-13 12:01:00

You're welcome, although I forgot to add, put water in SC too. <doh>

itsababslife Tue 10-Sep-13 12:22:30

Celeriac, stilton and pear. making it this week :p

onetiredmummy Tue 10-Sep-13 12:28:50

I love soup but can't serve it as an evening meal as DP tends to think of it as a drink shock. Plus the DCs won't eat it so I freeze it & have it for lunch.

I don't know any soup recipes, but |I have a book called The Soup Bible & use that every year smile

Quenelle Tue 10-Sep-13 12:58:07

Since I discovered mirepoix I always have celery in the fridge. I love the flavour it adds to soups, sauces and casseroles.

Extremely Easy Tomato and Lentil soup

Fry finely diced onion, celery and carrot until soft. Add garlic. Add tinned chopped tomatoes and small amount of stock. Add red lentils, bring to boil then simmer until the lentils are soft. Season with lots of pepper and dried thyme or oregano, and blend if you want to.

Sometimes I add tinned mixed beans instead of the lentils. I squash some of the beans up with a wooden spoon and leave some whole and add a pinch of chilli powder.

VeganCow Tue 10-Sep-13 13:08:52

THE best minestrone soup, ever!:

I large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 sticks celery, sliced
2 carrots, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 litre veg stock
salt & pepper
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 courgette
Small pack of mangetout + babycorn
1 large tin butter beans
1 large tin cannelini beans
about half a cup of short cut macaroni

Lightly fry onion, carrot, celery for few mins in the olive oil.
Add the garlic.
Add the chopped tomatoes and veg stock, then the veg and simmer with lid half on very slowly for around 20 mins.
Season with salt n pepper.
Add the beans and macaroni and keep simmering very lightly with lid half on until the macaroni is cooked through.
If wanted you can thin it down a little with more veg stock.

This soup is lovely for a main meal served with thick slices of crusty bread.

VeganCow Tue 10-Sep-13 13:08:52

THE best minestrone soup, ever!:

I large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 sticks celery, sliced
2 carrots, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 litre veg stock
salt & pepper
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 courgette
Small pack of mangetout + babycorn
1 large tin butter beans
1 large tin cannelini beans
about half a cup of short cut macaroni

Lightly fry onion, carrot, celery for few mins in the olive oil.
Add the garlic.
Add the chopped tomatoes and veg stock, then the veg and simmer with lid half on very slowly for around 20 mins.
Season with salt n pepper.
Add the beans and macaroni and keep simmering very lightly with lid half on until the macaroni is cooked through.
If wanted you can thin it down a little with more veg stock.

This soup is lovely for a main meal served with thick slices of crusty bread.

VeganCow Tue 10-Sep-13 13:09:27

The soup is that nice, I posted it twice wink

expatinscotland Tue 10-Sep-13 13:11:19

Just made the lightly spiced tomato and red lentil soup for lunch. DELICIOUS!

ZingWantsCake Tue 10-Sep-13 13:17:51


I think that celery and chicken go particularly well together.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Sep-13 13:29:24

brew this is a cup of soup, obvs.

We're just going to move this to Food!

oh marking place, as had mushroom soup two days on the trot

mushrooms, whole packet, 4 cloves of garlic veg stock, carrot and onion and cream

siblingrevelry Tue 10-Sep-13 14:01:54

Pindora I have always made chicken stock/soup this way. I put whole chicken in slow cooker with large chunks celery/carrot and whole onion, add couple of bay leaves and few whole peppercorns (optional). Add cold water to fill pot. Cook on high for 4 or low for 8 hrs, remove chicken which we then use in a chicken dinner with veg (it looks pale and pasty but if you remove the skin it's just lovely moist, poached chicken meat).

I also remove the veg the chicken cooked with, chop it up with some of the remaining chicken and add noodles to make chicken noodle soup.

The rest of the stock can be strained and left to cool, fat skimmed off then used as fresh (kept in fridge for couple of days) or frozen. Season as necessary.

Calabria Tue 10-Sep-13 14:02:46

I make minestrone too.

2tbs Olive oil
1 Onion
2 sticks of Celery
2 medium Carrots
1 medium Leek
Garlic to taste
400g Tin of tomatoes
1 tbs Tomato puree
1 litre Stock
200g Pasta*
100g Frozen peas*

Chop the onion, celery, carrot and leek into small pieces. Soften in a large pan with olive oil. Add in garlic, tomatoes, tomato puree and stock. Boil gently for 20 minutes.

Add pasta and boil for as long as the pasta takes.

Add peas and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with grated parmesan or grano padano.

Just had it for lunch and it's so good that I shall share what's left with my daughter for supper.

* Some of the measurements are guesses. The amounts I use are dependent on how many portions I am making and I usually do it by eye.

And you can add any other vegetables you like. The recipe that this started from has courgette and potato in it.

ZingWantsCake Tue 10-Sep-13 14:08:15

thanks KateMumsnet!

did you like my special recipe for all of you at HQ? grin

LayMizzRarb Tue 10-Sep-13 15:13:13

Cauliflower and broccoli soup is lush too! just fry the onions and garlic to soften, add stock, raw cauliflower and broccoli. add a couple of tablespoons ogf soy sauce. Boil for 5 mins, then simmer for another 10-20. At the last minute, blend and then stir in some crumbled stliton.

If you can't be arsed to chop/peel garlic, Ocado and Waitrose sell it frozen. Comes in a resealable bag so you can take a few teaspoons at a time.

Badvoc Tue 10-Sep-13 15:17:45

Butternut squash MN recipe!

Sainsburys sell frozen chopped chilli too, it comes in little cubes.

My favourite soup is Jamie Oliver's chorizo & sweet potato soup, it's gorgeous!

Debs75 Tue 10-Sep-13 15:31:15

I love soup and make loads.

When I first started I didn't have a blender so I would mash it with a potato masher. I just added hot water at the end to make it thinner.

cauli cheese soup is one of my favourites

Curried butternut squash is zero points on Weightwatchers so I have that most weeks. I don't add coconut milk though

pindorasbox Tue 10-Sep-13 16:58:47

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NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 10-Sep-13 17:09:31

I am currently making this sweet potato and other yummy stuff soup as it's Vegan and DH likes vegan. It's bloody gorgeous so far!

tiredoflondonnottiredoflife Tue 10-Sep-13 17:16:57

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NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 10-Sep-13 17:35:45

God the one I've just made linked above is bloody amazing! I just ate a second bowl! blush I put all the garnish on top....spring onions, corn chips, corriander, baby toms and was literally the nicest soup I've ever had! I'd never have thought to load "garnish" like avocado on top of a soup!

Hazeydays Tue 10-Sep-13 19:58:21

saving my place and rubbing my belly, these all look fab !!!! My current favourite is rosemary and butterbean which is really filling and very tasty...

I tend to use a tattie masher as I dont have a hand blender and that works really well..

keep the recipes coming ladies, loving all the inspiration!

Ememem84 Tue 10-Sep-13 20:05:30

Courgette. Just fry off 2 onions in butter. And about 400gs of courgettes. Add chicken stock black pepper. Then whizz. Sound weird. But we has an influx of courgettes from the alottment and had to find interesting things to do with them. It can be very green.

Or sweet potato and chorizo. Base of onion celery and carrot. Add curry powder. And chicken stock.

ZingWantsCake Tue 10-Sep-13 20:07:20

same as emem but with red onions. crumble some feta cheese on top.


ZingWantsCake Tue 10-Sep-13 20:10:27

fry some onions. add veg stock, chopped carrots, butternut squash, garlic.
cook, puree. add some creme fraiche
add ground ginger and honey.
bring to boil.

Ememem84 Tue 10-Sep-13 20:12:06

Trying that zing. Nom.

IsleOfRight Tue 10-Sep-13 20:18:19


ZingWantsCake Tue 10-Sep-13 20:26:23


the feta thing was originally a side dish - fry the red onions is some oil, add chopped or sliced courgettes and kepp frying
when done add cubed feta, mix in, then put lid on and take off heat and wait a few minutes before serving.

that's it. 3 ingredients! gorgeous with sausages and mash.

once I made way too much so pureed left over to make soup! I'm pretty sure I added some garlic.

feedback please!wink

Kikibee Tue 10-Sep-13 20:27:30

My turn to post so I can bookmark smile

BoggyEyedMum Tue 10-Sep-13 20:30:50

Oooh, feeling hungry now - marking my place!

teta Tue 10-Sep-13 20:40:59

neomaxi that soup looks absolutely luscious with all those toppings.I'm cooking it tomorrow-its so pretty!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 10-Sep-13 20:44:51

teta that was the main reason I cooked it grin but it really surpassed expectations!

morfamawddach Tue 10-Sep-13 20:47:55

Bacon and Chestnut Soup

Fry some chopped bacon, onion and a few sage leaves till softened.
Add chicken stock and a tin of unsweetened chestnut puree.
Use a potato masher to break up the chestnut a bit.
Simmer till smooth.
Serve with a swirl of yogurt or cream.

Smooth, silky and ver ver refined, though I say so myself.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Tue 10-Sep-13 20:51:05

I love soup. The big successes in this house are the chicken noodle soups, hot and sour soup like my favourite Chinese restaurant (easier than I thought) Shrek aka spinach and potato and good old fashioned French onion with toasted cheese baguette on top.
In fact I'm going to make it tomorrow.

My best tip is the bouillon power from marigold. So easy to whizz up a soup without stock and lasts ages (and makes a nice low cal hot drink)

Has anybody made Nigella's chestnut soup?

I have a good and really simple recipe for black bean soup somewhere - will try to dig it out tomorrow.

barmygirl Tue 10-Sep-13 21:16:16

if you stir in some fresh pesto to any mostly green veg soup just before serving, it's fab.

Bearleigh Tue 10-Sep-13 21:17:12

I make a really lovely and cheap soup from a collection of old English recipes, Good Things in England. It comes from Somersetshire, 1932.

Wash & chop small a whole head of celery, and add to a pan with 2 chopped leeks or onions, & 1 chopped carrot.

Add 1/2 pint measure full of yellow split peas, rinsed (& soaked if possible)), & 3 pints water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the peas are cooked and floury, at least 1/2 hour.

Add 1tsp salt, and pepper, and a little parsley if you have it. Blend (In 1932 you put it through a sieve).

Surprisingly delicious, and not too overpoweringly celery-tasting.

barmygirl Tue 10-Sep-13 21:22:35

Nigel Slater's Mushroom and lentil soup - the lemon and chilli flavours really make it...

2 large shallots or small onions
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 large cloves garlic
1 large dried chili, 1 small fresh chili, or 2 tsp dried chili flakes
100g brown mushrooms
1 cup small brown or green lentils
1 L stock
Bay leaf (or 2 or 3, you can indulge in this)
Worcestershire sauce
Juice of ½ – 1 lemon

I sometimes cheat with soup making - if we are going out for the morning and I haven't anything exciting for lunch I will chuck the ingredients roughly chopped into a lidded casserole dish and bung it in the oven on about 160degrees for a few hours. When we get back in I just whizz the soup with my handblenderything <technical term> and voila.
Missed a bit from the sweating process but for easy easy easy it cannot be beaten.

Our favourite
1 onion, 1 carrot, 2 rashers of bacon
1 tin tomatoes
1 pint stock
1 tablespoon flour
1 bay leaf (remove before whizzing)
about 1/4 of freshly grated nutmeg

Is lush. And literally everything in really roughly chopped and leave it be (make sure you have the lid on).

Oh and I rescued a soup I made yesterday from being a bit meh. Was just a regular veg/lentil soup which I whizzed up (left a couple of ladle-fulls still as chunky veg then whizzed the rest). After whizzing and seasoning it was tasty-ish...but yep...just a bit meh.

So added cumin and a bit of lemon juice and a tin of mixed beans/pulsesit transformed it...was yum and DC/DH all wolfed it down.

AnotherStitchInTime Wed 11-Sep-13 01:25:53

My MIL used to make this Fish Tea Soup and Chicken Soup, she always used chicken feet, but DH makes his with chicken wings instead.

For a veggie option just use the seasonings, veg stock and hard food like yam, green banana etc... Like in this Ital soup.

No blending required.

MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 11-Sep-13 02:48:03

smoked fish chowder

-sweat onion, celery and sweet potato in olive oil.
-Add laurel and thyme and 1l of chicken stock and cook for 20mn
- add a slab of any smoked fish (trout/haddock etc…) and let of poach fo 10mn
-Add a tin of creamed corn and whisk gently to crumble the fish.


PoppyAmex Wed 11-Sep-13 09:06:48

Thanks lucamom but unfortunately can't open the link.

Master I was despairing of anyone having chowder recipes - trying that this weekend, very excited! flowers

MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 11-Sep-13 09:18:36

Poppy, you can do half broth/ half clam juice for a richer flavor.

I love to add chopped jalapeno peppers before serving.
Adds a zesty flavor and some heat to cut through the creaminess and smoky flavor.

coffeeinbed Wed 11-Sep-13 09:26:47

Easiest ever -
cut up some potatoes, has to be really smallish cubes.
Boil until tender in lightly salted water.
When still hot crumble some feta cheese in so it melts a bit.
add some butter or olive oil and black pepper.
That's it.

MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 11-Sep-13 09:35:32

Now there is whole range if asian soups wich are basically a base of clear broth + a meat/fish + noodles + fresh herbs.

They are dead easy to make and a full meal. The brithe can be made with leftover roasts/ carcasses and frozen.

They litterally only take 15mn to assemble if you have ready made stock (frozen or cube/powder)

here is a good example from vietnam

Albiebee Wed 11-Sep-13 09:36:14

Don't know if anyone's mentioned home made tomato soup yet. I got a whole crate box of cherry toms at the local market for £2 last week because it's that time of year.

Either roast them in the oven first with garlic and herbs and blitz, or chop and saute with onion, garlic and herbs and then blitz. Add veg stock if needed, and I find if it's too sharp a bit of sugar balances it a bit. I rarely have cream in the house so often stir through some cream cheese to mellow it out if needed.

My best tip though:
Garlic croutons, chopped bread fried in olive oil with crushed garlic, add sea salt and then bung in some mixed seeds to pop in the pan. Put the whole sizzling crunchy lot on ANY soup, and I guarantee a winner. YUM. smile

MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 11-Sep-13 09:42:47
MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 11-Sep-13 09:44:00

Yum AlbieBee!

BeCool Wed 11-Sep-13 09:51:29

I have a French Onion Soup going in the slow cooker today (though I had to caramelise the onions manually). The flat is going to stink when I get home - but the soup should be good.

Thewhingingdefective Wed 11-Sep-13 10:47:20

Soup is awesome.

I love this one: Thai Pumpkin Soup (I normally use butternut squash)

1kg squash or pumpkin
1tbsp oil
Chopped onion
2.5cm grated ginger
4sp red Thai curry paste
450ml veg or chicken stock
Can of coconut milk

Roast pumpkin/squash or sweat with onions before adding spice and stock. Bring to boil and simmer until tender. Cool slightly. Blitz with stick blender and stir in coconut milk before gently reheating.

blouseenthusiast Wed 11-Sep-13 10:55:38
NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 11-Sep-13 10:57:21

I have two big marrows which were kindly bestowed upon me by a Dad at school....what can I do with them? Is there a soup...I will google!

blouseenthusiast Wed 11-Sep-13 11:06:19

The Hairy Bikers were stuffing marrows with a kind of bolognaise and cheese sauce mixture last night. It looked quite 70s...

pippilotti Wed 11-Sep-13 11:13:59

yes - google is friend to soup dragons. I often put in random stuff I have in the kitchen plus 'soup recipe' as search terms and make all sorts of mad soup. Found 'parsnip and stilton' that way (yes... just after christmas).. it's very lovely...
can I also recommend Marigold veggie stock granules (the green packet version.. think the other is vegan)

PoppyAmex Wed 11-Sep-13 12:07:53

I agree, pippilotti Marigold stock is really good.

I use this low salt version when cooking for toddler.

Margetts Wed 11-Sep-13 12:18:36

One of my favourites is watercress and pea
Fry 1 chopped onion in butter
Add 12 oz veg stock and 12 oz frozen peas
Cook for 5 minutes
Add a bag of water cress and put lid on pan to allow watercress to wilt

Great ideas here! Mine is butternut squash and red peppers, carrot and sweetcorn all blended up with knorr veggie stock cubes, dill and chili. I will def be making some of these!

teta Wed 11-Sep-13 13:34:32

Inspired by this thread I have just made my own version of Pho.Chicken stock heated up with a cinnamon stick,2 star anise,chunk of fresh ginger,garlic clove-peeled(am feeling cold today).Added handful of veggies from fridge-baby corn an asparagus plus Bird eye Petit Pois and some Japanese Udon noodles.Topped with coriander,drizzle of sesame oil and some tamari sauce and lemon-was delicious-but rather fusion!

MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 11-Sep-13 13:57:37

That's the spirit Teta!

"Pho" comes from the french "pot au feu" which is basically boiled meat and veg, in a pot hanging over fire. Same story the world over.
The rest is up to your imagination!

JRsandCoffee Wed 11-Sep-13 14:13:09

One of those winter/ autumn veg packs, preferably found in the reduced bin for 20p...... Usually contain a carrot, a parsnip, a leek, a small turnip and an onion
Chicken or veg stock
Curry powder

Fry the onion and the leek in half butter half olive oil in the pan and while that is doing its thing peel (or not if you prefer) and chop up everything else into smallish lumps. Chuck in with the onion etc and chase it all around for a minute or two, add a spoon of curry powder and chase around a bit more. Add between 500 and 750 ml of chicken or veg stock depending on how thick you like the finished article (very in my case....). Give it a stir and leave to simmer until the veg are cooked, blitz with blender.

Sophisticated it is not but I'm rather partial!

JRsandCoffee Wed 11-Sep-13 14:14:28

Simmer with the lid half on, sorry, should have said! Oh and if comes out too thick just add a bit more stock, or some cream........

JustinBsMum Wed 11-Sep-13 15:54:08

Has anyone said just use a tatty masher instead of a liquidizer. It makes it like liquidized with bits, the larger bits of veg can be broken a bit by pressing with the masher, preferable to liquidized in my view and only the masher to wash.

LEMisdisappointed Wed 11-Sep-13 16:56:11

shameless place marking!

liveinazoo Wed 11-Sep-13 17:14:10

marks place as serious soup scoffer when summer wanes
Nigellas pea and pesto is delish

I also have a butternut squash and sweet potato soup that has fennel in itmy altime favourite soup!..shall dig out the recipe and post tomorrow!

CalamityGin Wed 11-Sep-13 18:47:07

OMG this thread has exploded since I first saw it shock

I made this yesterday, it was lovely and my non greens eating dd thought so too (obviously I didn't tell her what was actually in it)

broccoli, spinach and herb soup:

gently fry 1 shallot and 2 big cloves garlic in olive oil til translucent in a big pan
add 1 litre of chicken stock (or veg) - I used a knorr stock pot
chop up 1 large head of broccoli including stalk (!) and bung in a few handfuls of baby spinach leaves
add herbs - I used mixed dried but the world's your oyster really
salt and pepper as desired
cover and simmer until broccoli is tender - about 15 mins
blitz with a hand blender and you're done
add a glug of cream/yoghurt if you like

makes about 5 bowls

minidipper Wed 11-Sep-13 20:20:36

Another nice one is golden soup. Fry up a leek then add 2 pints of beg or chicken stock and lots of yellow and orange veg: yellow peppers, sweetcorn, sweet potatoes and butternut squash, with dash of fresh lemon and orange, turmeric, spices and lots of black pepper. Blend 2/3 of it and keep 1/3 chunky for the texture. It's slightly sweet and fragrant. My friends always order it if they're coming for lunch.

minidipper Wed 11-Sep-13 20:21:13

not two pints of beg. Duh. Two pints of veg stock.

coffeeinbed Wed 11-Sep-13 20:29:15

miso is nice.
miso and egg
miso and finely sliced mushroom
miso and spinach leaves

Alicadabra Wed 11-Sep-13 22:02:58

Maryz - this sweet potato, coconut & lime soup is amazing - I've served it at dinner parties! You can cheat improvise a certain amount with it too (I rarely bother with the lemongrass and DH hates onion so I use extra garlic).
I was actually planning to make it for lunch today but ran out of time.sad

JustinBsMum Wed 11-Sep-13 23:48:53

Has someone said Tomato Soup? Cut round the stem bit of about 2 lbs of toms, peel an onion, roughly chop (or just chuck in) with veg or chicken stock about an inch over. Bring to boil and simmer say 15 mins. Liquidise - it is very like Heinz tomato soup but fresher.

PoppyAmex Thu 12-Sep-13 07:42:29

Got my veggie box and leeks abound.

Does anyone have a tried and tested leek & potato recipe please? Loads online but would love to try a beloved family one.

BeCool Thu 12-Sep-13 10:40:41

The Slow cooker French Onion soup was fantastic (and the flat doesn't smell too bad afterall).

MasterOfTheYoniverse Thu 12-Sep-13 14:23:47

Made Kimchi soup tonight
here is a classic recipe
Hot and Sour and very satisfying.
I don't use beef but add a leek and an onion in the begining.
I usually add a small tin of clams in brine and glass nooddles at the same time as the tofu.

demi43 Thu 12-Sep-13 14:37:59

Spiced vegetable soup...fry 1 onion & about 400g carrot/swede Add 1tsp each of cumin & coriander, 1/2 tsp turmeric & 1/4 tsp chilli flakes Add 750ml stock(i use 1tbsp Marigold) & simmer til veg cooked Hits the spot when you want something spicy!

BeCool Thu 12-Sep-13 14:45:23

I know Gillian McKeith gets slated a bit around here, but her Carrot and Almond Soup is a keeper!!

Carrot and Almond Soup (Gillian McKeith)

2 Onions, peeled and chopped (approx 280g)
2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and chopped
6 Carrots, peeled and sliced (approx 538g)
2 Celery Stalks, trimmed and chopped (approx 82g)
1 Tbsp Vegetable Bouillon Powder (approx 10g)
2-3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Coriander, stalks reserved
2-3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley, stalks reserved
100g Ground Almonds
1.25 litres of Boiling Water

In addition to GM's recipe I add Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Place Onions, Garlic, Carrots and Celery into a large pan. Add 1.25 litres of boiling water and the bouillon powder. Bring back to the boil and add the herb stalks.
2. Simmer for approx 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from the heat, remove herb stalks (by sieving and reserving all stock)
4. Blend vegetables in food processor to a soup like consistency.
5. Return to the pan and add the almonds plus seasoning if required and reheat.
6. Serve and garnish with the coriander and parsley.

PoppyAmex Thu 12-Sep-13 15:20:59

Thanks for that, Master - DH loves kimchi, so might try that this weekend.

madas Thu 12-Sep-13 16:23:21

Roasted cauliflower soup.

heat oven to 180.
peel 6 cloves of garlic, remove cauli leaves.
blanche cauli (whole or florets) for a couple of mins.
remove from water and set aside to steam dry.
peel 3 large spuds cut in to 2cm cubes.
put cauli and galic in a roasting tin and brush with olive oil or veg oil,
cook for 15 20 mins till it gets a nice colouring and feels cooked when
you put a knife in.
at about the same time cook your spuds in about 1 ltr of veg stock.
add cauli and garlic when cooked to spuds and stock and blitz till smooth.
if you want a bit more luxury add some blue cheese

namechangesforthehardstuff Thu 12-Sep-13 18:51:16

Once you've made a sweet potato soup with a good dose of chilli and ginger and some coconut milk you can make it completely AMAZING by putting some cashews with soy sauce all over them under the grill and tossing them about to stop them burning. They go all sticky and salty and yummy and then you can sprinkle them on the soup like croutons.

Actually I always burn mine but I eat them anyway because they are AWESOME.

namechangesforthehardstuff Thu 12-Sep-13 18:53:17

Has someone told MN Towers to put this in classics btw?

jimijack Thu 12-Sep-13 19:03:06

I am a lazy cow.
So, I sling everything raw, roughly chopped into my slow cooker ,put on low & leave.

Today I made red lentil & sweet potato. Very very cheep, and bloody lovely.

A couple of sweet potatoes (Aldi, bag of 4/5 69p) peal & roughly chop, Chuck in.
a cup of split red lentil"s, (home bargains 79p)
2veg stock cubes,600nl water
A carrot peaked & roughly chopped
whatever I have in thre bottom of the fridge gets chucked in really.
A bit of chilli powder.
Leave til lentil s are cooked & veg is soft. Stir every now & again.
I do blitz in processor but only half of it as I like chunks.


ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 19:07:08

name change I did ask HQ to move it from chat to somewhere permanent and they moved it to food, so I presume it won't disappear.

MummasSecrets Thu 12-Sep-13 21:03:55

Oooo This is an awesome Recipe for soup and dead easy, my kids love it.

2 large carrots whole
2 large white onions whole
8 large Chicken Thighs whole
2 large celery sticks whole
2 Cans Chick Peas

Boil up everything until then veggies are tender and the Chicken is cooked through. allow to cool and remove the veggies and chicken. Chop the veggies into little bits and shred the chicken. Add the Veggies and Chicken back to the broth. Reheat until Boiled, season to taste and enjoy.

Fridge soup
1 Gather whatever manky limp veg is lurking in the cold drawer of fridge.
2. If youve got time roast it in the oven for 30 mins before adding to veg stock.i think its nicer if roasted first.
3.sweat an onion in butter till soft add the veg stock and vegetables.
I throw in whatever I fancy once the soup is simmering,it may be a handful of lentils or beans
4. Blend and season to your taste.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 13-Sep-13 00:28:32

Ooh thanks Zing I've never started such a popular thread before! I'm glad it's going to hang around as it makes excellent referencing!

MasterOfTheYoniverse Fri 13-Sep-13 00:47:39

namechange love the idea of soy roasted cashews! mmmmm, will try!
Always use nuts and seeds on salad, why have I never thought of soup toppings?

buildingmycorestrength Fri 13-Sep-13 07:52:44

I made the roasted tomato soup yesterday, added a bit of basil and cream and It. Was. Lush. Thank you.

Have bought ingredients for parsnip and ginger as well as squtternut bosh . grin.

ZingWantsCake Fri 13-Sep-13 08:12:03

Neo oh that was purely out of selfish reasons! grin

now you can go on "1000 things to do before flouncing" and brag!grin grin

teta Fri 13-Sep-13 09:28:16

Kimchi soup sounds amazing(and just the thing for a cold day).But where do I buy decent Kimchi?I also really love the idea of soy roasted cashews and garlicy croutons with seeds.I made the Vegn soup further up the thread with the sweet potato,beans and Quinoa and it was fan with lots of toppings on(advocado,tomatoes,spring onions,crunched-up corn chips and lots of lime and coriander.Even my totally meat eating Dd's loved it.( sorry for typos).

CuttedUpPear Fri 13-Sep-13 10:47:39

Lovely thread. Marking my place here.

ClaimedByMe Fri 13-Sep-13 11:18:31

My carrot and coriander is just coming to the boil...

HepzibahFlurge Fri 13-Sep-13 19:38:46

Best Soup EVER - Been handed down from my grandmother . DS wolfs this down. I struggle to get fresh clams but john west do a tinned version which taste fine
2 tins clams (asda are good)
I packet of bacon Chopped
1 Onion; finely diced
3/4 pt water
I tablespoon flour
3/4 lb Potatoes; peeled and diced (or if you are in a hurry a tin of potatoes will do!)
Black pepper; freshly ground
3/4 pt Milk

In a saucepan slowly fry the bacon and onions until golden;
Add the flour
Add the water,clams, potatoes and pepper, Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Add the milk and simmer for 5 minutes, Do not boil as the milk will curdle
Ladle into bowls
Traditionally served with crackers but I serve with bread.
You can make this with any fish or shellfish. I sometime add cod/haddock to bulk it out

MissLurkalot Fri 13-Sep-13 19:54:28

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

25 g (1 oz) butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed or finely chopped
500 g (1 lb) Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed and sliced
400 ml (3/4 pt) semi-skimmed milk
1 vegetable stock cube made with 400ml (3/4 pt) boiling water
25g (1 oz) cornflour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 dessert spoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 dessert spoons single cream

Melt the butter in a large heavy based saucepan and cook the onion with a pinch of salt until softened but not coloured.

Add the garlic and artichokes and fry for a further few minutes.

Then add the vegetable stock and milk, cover the saucepan and simmer gently for 25 minutes or until the jerusalem artichoke pieces are tender.

Process in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth then return to the rinsed pan.

In a small dish, blend the cornflour with 2 x 15ml spoons water and stir in a few spoonfuls of soup, return this mixture to the saucepan and bring to the boil whilst stirring continuously.

Remove from the heat, season to taste, stir in the parsley and garnish with cream.

frogslegs35 Sat 14-Sep-13 19:16:35

Mmm this page is a definite keeper smile Thank you all I'll definitely be trying a few of the recipes out.
At the moment I'm looking for a soup to make with dried wild mushrooms but NOT with cream.

My two favourite winter soups -

Mums broth - make stock or use cubes (for mine I usually boil up a chicken bone, a few bay leaves and few balls of allspice with a parsnip, carrot, onion or leek and a piece of celeriac, salt/pepper) Once I've got my stock liquid I add yellow lentils, lots of grated carrot and some sliced too, diced potatoes and leek or onion. Sometimes I have it just like this or I add chopped bacon and ham to it. Home made dumplings are delish in it too but I only make enough for the first 'cook' as they don't keep well in the soup to reheat.

Garlic soup - I add to 1.5 litres of stock 5/6 large carrots chopped, 5/6 medium/ large potatoes diced, I chop and slice 2 onions and crush 2 full garlic bulbs (we love garlic but you can use less) gently fry the onions and garlic then add to the stock, catch the carrots when they are done and remove one or two for later (optional to chop very small and add back to the soup after blending) When the pots and carrots are soft then blend.
I make croutons to sprinkle on the top or slice up some baguette, sprinkle with cheese and melt in the oven for a few minutes. Yummy!

Hubby likes me to make spicy tomato soup served with rice but its not my fav smile
2 tins of chopped toms
8/10 fresh very ripe toms chopped small (Its personal preference whether you leave skins on, I do)
Chilli or cayenne powder (however strong spicy you want, add to your taste)
2 onions cut in half and thinly sliced (I fry mine off first but you don't need to)
Boiled rice, I prefer wild or basmati but any will do - I don't add it to the big pan of soup as it's not nice when left a few days so I make it seperate and what I don't use goes in the fridge to be added to the soup I'll reheat that day.

beccaamuseyourbouche Sun 15-Sep-13 10:38:29

This is sort of a cross between a curry and a soup, but it's my favourite thing to make at this time of year:

LovesBeingOnHoliday Sun 15-Sep-13 16:20:45

I'm gonna try this Tom & lentil one

LovesBeingOnHoliday Sun 15-Sep-13 16:26:51

beccaamuseyourbouche that looks amazing

bessie26 Mon 16-Sep-13 18:19:58

Oh I do love soup! Am looking forward to trying out lits of your lovely recipes soon! Mine are here, but our current favourite is smokey butternut squash soup with butterbeans - yummy!

PrincessRomy Tue 17-Sep-13 11:50:15

Do get a hand blender, we got a Tesco Value one for a fiver and it's still going four years later.

I just made this curried cauliflower soup, it's so easy and I think it's gorgeous..

Put 750ml/3 cups/pint and a quarter of whole milk in a large pan. Add one large cauliflower broken up into small florets, 1 tbsp garam masala and a bit of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down, partially cover and simmer for 20 mins until cauliflower is tender. Leave to cool slightly then blend.

It's made the kitchen smell deliciously autumnal too.

PrincessRomy Tue 17-Sep-13 11:51:23

My two year old helped me make it it's so easy.

2 courgettes
2 leeks
1/2 celeriac

fry in butter until leek is soft.
Add 1 litre of chicken or veg stock.

Simmer for 15 mins.

Add cream


This is bloody lovely. I have just polished off a flask-full of it for lunch.

Caveman I made your soup over the weekend and it was indeed bloody lovely, so lovely in fact I ate it all myself! Thanks for sharing the recipe smile

grin very welcome grin

chaosagain Tue 22-Oct-13 13:49:15

Favourite unblended recipe:

Favourite blended soup recipe:

Am so pleased it's soup season - I love them!

Another v quick easy one is curried pea soup:
- Chop a big onion - in a bit of oil, cook til soft.
- chuck in some curry powder (or just cumin, coriander etc).
- Add a packet (smallish) of frozen peas and some good veg stock to cover.
- cook for about 10-15 mins and blend. Season.

You can skip the curry powder and just add mint at the end instead, if that's your thing.

mumof3stokemum Wed 23-Oct-13 10:15:00

Lentils cooked with garlic, onion, stock, carrots and potato then blitzed. Yummy also with bacon lardons. I sometimes add this to cooked penne with a sprinkle of grated cheese and the kids love it, its cheap and nutritious too.

ZoeZoeZoe Thu 14-Nov-13 00:09:57

a couple of my favourite soup recipes here:

Potato and Bacon soup and Mushroom soup

: )

milk Thu 14-Nov-13 17:37:38

In a pot I add: Chicken wings 1kg, 1 swede, 3 carrots, 1 onion, 1 parsnip.

I then add 7l of water, and cook it until it has reduced down to 4l. This usually takes around 2 hours.

soupdragon1 Sun 29-Dec-13 18:17:48

Does anyone have a recipe for a soup using lamb stock? thanks

Littlemisschristmas Sun 29-Dec-13 18:25:16

Marking place to come back when ds in bed

teta Mon 30-Dec-13 12:45:24

Scoth Broth - Add cubed root vegetables plus potatoes and chopped onion/leek plus pearl barley.Thicken with a spoonful or two of porridge oats if you don't like barley.Add frozen peas five minutes before serving.

Littlemisschristmas Tue 31-Dec-13 12:47:18

Spicy butternut squash.
Roast butternut squash, I peel and cut into chunks with a drizzle of olive oil. Approx 30 mins.
In large pan add olive oil, 1 onion chopped, and I large carrot chopped. Gently 5 mins then add 1 med chopped red chilli, 1 large crushed clove of garlic, 1tsp chopped ginger. Cook 5 mins keep stirring.
Add approx 350 g potatoes, plus 2 pints veg stock. Cover and simmer 15 mins. Add squash simmer 10 mins.
I then blend and drizzle with cream however receive says some pesto or coriander oil.

FunnyFestiveTableRunner Sat 04-Jan-14 21:15:03

Bumping this thread as it's the very thing I was looking for smile

ItsTheOnlyWayToLive Sun 05-Jan-14 11:00:27

I made a leek, potato and stilton soup in the SC yesterday.

Here are the ingredients, I doubled up, plus a bit extra for lunches:

1 large leek (i threw in a bag of sliced leeks from Asda)

1 large king edward potato, chopped finely

1 chopped garlic clove

1 litre veg stock

black pepper and salt to season

Just bung it all in the slow cooker on low (has to be low or the soup will split) for 4-5 hours.

ItsTheOnlyWayToLive Sun 05-Jan-14 11:01:50

Oops, 50g stilton.

That would gave helped ..

ItsTheOnlyWayToLive Sat 11-Jan-14 11:44:49

Bumping as I'm trying to adapt some of the soup recipes for a slow cooker.

Any other SC soup recipe ideas would be appreciated, thanks smile

TimeToPassGo Sun 26-Jan-14 22:03:52

Bumping this because I am always looking for inspiration smile

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