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Soup - how to make a decent cheap one?!

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MrsPear Fri 14-Nov-14 15:45:27

Something i have never feed my two, age 2 and 5, is soup. Worry about salt levels in shop stuff and i am crap at soup making. So has anyone got hints and tips re soup making? Any recipes that anyone can recommend?


Nicename Fri 14-Nov-14 15:50:13

Make your own stock - water, 2 carrots, large onion, 3 sticks celery, half a dozen peppercorns, couple of bayleaves, handful fresh parsley. Boil like mad then squidge through a seive.

Lentil soup is aces.

Pointlessfan Fri 14-Nov-14 15:53:37

Veg soup is easy. Chop and soften an onion in a big pan. Chop whatever veg you want to add (butternut squash is my favourite). Add it to the pan. Add about a litre of stock, I usually start with less and add more if it's too thin. Bring to the boil then dinner until the veg is soft, about 20-30 mins usually. Blitz it with stick blender and done! You can add a dash of cream at the end if you wish.

Bunbaker Fri 14-Nov-14 15:56:21

Soup making doesn't require any skill at all. One that DD likes is when I throw some carrots, leeks, lentils, potatoes and butternut squash into a pan of vegetable stock. I bring it to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. I use my stick blender to part blend the mixture - just enough to thicken it, but not enough to make it completely smooth.

HuevosRancheros Fri 14-Nov-14 15:57:11

Leek and potato soup:
Gently fry one (or more) leek in a little butter or olive oil for about 10 minutes. You could add some garlic too if you like.
For every leek used, add one medium potato, peeled and diced.

Add some stock to cover and simmer for 20 minutes until all veg is soft.
Blend with a stick blender until smooth, then add more stock to get the desired consistency, and add seasoning.

So easy, but really tasty smile

Squtternutbaush Fri 14-Nov-14 16:02:12

Broth mix, leek, carrot, potato, garlic, pepper, ham stock.

Soak broth mix overnight, rinse and drain.
Dice carrot and potato.
Chop leek.
Crush 1 clove garlic.
Make up ham stock (I do use Knorr admittedly as am crap at homemade).

Add everything to a large pan, add in water, bring to the boil then simmer for 90 minutes.

GemmaTeller Fri 14-Nov-14 16:02:27

one butternut squash, one carrot, one onion, one pint vegetable stock.
simmer till veg is soft.
season to taste.


bouncingbelle Fri 14-Nov-14 16:04:52

Easiest soup in the world, takes 20 minutes -

Chop up an onion and potato into small pieces
Boil in large pot of water
Add a bag of frozen peas, 5 tablespoons of tarragon, a ham stock cube and a vege stock cube. Simmer.
Meanwhile, grill some spoken bacon, then chop into small pieces and add to the soup.
Voila, v easy and tasty pea and ham soup

bouncingbelle Fri 14-Nov-14 16:07:42

Lentil and ham soup -
Put a 500g bag of red lentils and a ham end (about £1.25 from butcher) in a pot. Bring to boil then simmer for an hour.
Remove ham and add 5 grated carrotts, 1 chopped leek, 1 chopped onion and 1/2 turnip (grated), 3 ham stock cubes and 1 vege one (dissolved in some more water).
Simmer and season to taste.
Yum!! smile

MrsPear Fri 14-Nov-14 17:56:50

wow lots of ideas

i think i am going to try butternut squash one first as boys love that

TheAlias Fri 14-Nov-14 18:12:45

This Parsnip and Ginger is my favourite - it works fine with ground ginger instead of fresh.

TyneTeas Fri 14-Nov-14 18:42:22

Home made tomato is my cheapest and easiest

Potato and bacon


and curried parsnip

are pretty good value too

Chocolateporridge Fri 14-Nov-14 18:46:39

My cheatiest way to make soup is to buy a bag of frozen chopped casserole veg, plonk it in a pan, cover with boiling water, add a cup of lentils and two veg stock cubes and simmer for twenty minutes. Then just blend it with a stick blender to your desired consistency grin

This week I used a bag of frozen chopped leeks, added some peeled diced potatoes, covered in boiling water, added two veg stock cubes and simmered for twenty mins then blended.

Both delicious and cheap smile

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Fri 14-Nov-14 18:52:38

Butternut squash soup is divine!! I roast it in chunks first as really brings out the flavour. If your dc will go for it add some curry powder to the roasting squash.

Use low salt stock cubes to lower salt content.

Once roasted I just stick the squash in the blender with the stock. You can add onions and carrots to the roasting process if you want as well.

Think I'm going to make a squash soup tomorrow now.

Bunbaker Fri 14-Nov-14 18:52:59

Unless you really like parsnips I would avoid. They have such a strong flavour. IMO they are a bit Marmite.

I love Marmite and loathe parsnips.

Camsie30 Fri 14-Nov-14 18:56:59

Aldi is your friend - root veg - carrots, parsnip, butternut squash, sweet potato, swede, leek, an onion etc... really any of the above, with some veg/chicken stock bring to the boil then let simmer until the veg are all soft. If you have one, blend with a stick blender or food processor. You can add some white beans to thicken it up, bit of salt and pepper.... never fails x

Bunbaker Fri 14-Nov-14 19:03:05

But leave out the parsnip grin

Scottishcrumpets Fri 14-Nov-14 19:07:25

Ive just made roasted red pepper & tomato, with garlic and chilli.
That's all that's in it, barring an onion and a stick of celery. Roast the tomatoes & peppers in the oven with peeled garlic cloves, while you fry an onion in the soup pot. Bung in the roasted veg from the oven, add some chilli flakes (if you wish) and cover with hot veg stock. Get a stick blender and blitz, add some cream if you want.

Also, sweet potato and carrot, chopped and added to a softened onion with some ground coriander & cumin. Cover with veg stock, and blitz. Serve with some fresh cream & chopped fresh coriander.

agoodbook Fri 14-Nov-14 19:10:27

My only bit of advice - as I make a lot of soup from anything I have is:-
To gently sweat/fry the veg first - a mix of vegetable oil and butter for flavour for about 10 minutes , then add the stock bring to the boil , then simmer

PetiteRaleuse Fri 14-Nov-14 19:16:42

TyneTeas your blog is fab!

TyneTeas Sat 15-Nov-14 21:50:21

Thanks PetiteRaleuse! : )

applecatchers36 Sat 15-Nov-14 21:57:29

Another easy one is tomato & kidney bean soup

Fry onion & garlic
Add veg stock
Add tin chopped tomatoes & tin kidney beans

Simmer then bring to boil

Can add chilli/ basil if liked

BrowersBlues Sat 15-Nov-14 22:05:26

Do you guys use stock cubes and if so, do you use vegetable ones?

agoodbook Sat 15-Nov-14 22:14:20

I tend to make soup with my own stock - I never let a chicken or meat bone go to waste smile But- I do use stock cubes sometimes. You have to be careful with salt though- they seem to have a lot in . I use veg cubes mostly, but sometimes add a chicken one in something like leek and potato. I have enough time to cook my meat bones- not everybody does smile

OldLadyKnowsBeelzebub Sat 15-Nov-14 22:14:38

Cream of onion soup.

1 onion, chopped.
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped (optional)
Tablespoon of pinhead oatmeal.
Pint of veg or chicken stock.
Half pint of milk.

Sweat the onion (and garlic) in a covered pan over low heat, in a little oil and a bit of butter till onion is translucent. Add oatmeal, stirring quickly. Add stock a little at a time, stirring frequently. (The oatmeal will clump otherwise.) Once you've added all the stock, bring to boil and simmer gently for about 20 minutes. Blend with a stick blender/in a food processor, return to pan, add milk and gently reheat.

Very yummy and quite filling.

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