10 super easy soups for beginners

"I have never made home made soup. Please can you tell me your EASY SOUPS and I will make them!" 

Mumsnetters poured their easy soup recipes onto this thread in response to the above plea from Loveneverfails. Here's our pick of the 10 easiest, most delicious-sounding ones.

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Courgette soup


courgette soup

"Boil courgettes, spring onions and a red onion and some thyme with a vegetable stock cube until the vegetables are mushy. Blend it with a bit of water and add some crème fraîche. It's delicious." Whilewildeisonmine

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Butternut squash soup - 2 ways


  butternut squash soup

"Fry onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add a diced butternut squash. Add stock to cover. Boil for a bit until the squash is soft. Blend and eat. Lovely!" strawberryshoes

Or try roasting the squash and adding sage: "Halve a  butternut squash and scoop out the seeds. Rub olive oil in and season. Bake in the oven until soft. Fry or bake some sage leaves. Take out of oven, scoop out the flesh, blitz the butternut squash and sage in the blender, season to taste and add milk, water or cream if you want." Smilesandpiles

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Spicy lentil soup


spicy lentil soup

"Fry finely chopped onion, diced carrot and sweet potato, and a bit of garlic. Add cumin and mustard seeds, turmeric and chilli. Add a tin of coconut milk and some water and a couple of handfuls of red lentils. Cook until everything is nearly done then add a handful of frozen peas, or some shredded greens etc, plus a big squeeze of lemon juice, salt and lots of black pepper. You can chop and change this in lots of ways." RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie

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Parsnip soup


 parsnip soup

"Sweat onion, garlic and lots of parsnips in butter, then add a tbsp of curry paste. Add stock, cook until soft, blitz and add cream." OhMyArsingGodInABox

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Red pepper and tomato soup


 red pepper and tomato soup

1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 red pepper (can roast first if you prefer)
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
1 pint veg stock

"Cook all together until the pepper is tender, allow to cool then blend. Add cheese if desired." LividofLondon

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Sweet potato soup

 sweet potato soup

"Fry some chopped onions, then when they've gone soft add some chopped sweet potato and a bit of ginger. Cover with chicken stock cube mixed with boiling water and let it boil until the potatoes are completely soft. Blend to mush up the potato and onion until it's all squelchy, then add a small amount of coconut milk, stir through, add a few chilli flakes, salt and pepper to taste and then Bob's your uncle you have a lovely creamy soup." HappyYoni

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Leek and carrot soup

 carrot soup

"Chop and sweat one leek (use the white bit) in a pan. Chop about four medium carrots and add to the pan. Cover with vegetable stock and cook until the carrots are soft. Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes then blend." 17leftfeet

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Celery soup

 celery soup

"Soften up some onions in butter, add a load of chopped celery, soften and then bung in your stock. Season to taste and then put through a blender when it's soft enough. Celery has a completely different taste when it's cooked. You could add fennel or celeriac to it too." MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig 


Broccoli soup


 broccoli soup

"Fry an onion and some garlic till soft. Add two peeled and chopped potatoes, a 1kg bag of frozen broccoli (you can use fresh but it's more expensive and you probably won't notice the difference once it's been cooked into soup and blended), and enough stock to cover. Simmer till the veg is cooked, then blend and stir in 250ml cream and season with black pepper and salt or, if you prefer, smoked paprika and chilli." Naoko

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And finally, if you want to make your own quick veggie stock as a base for most of these soups...

1 large carrot
1 medium onion
1 medium leek
2 bay leaves
1 or 2 dozen peppercorns
handful of fresh parsley

"Boil like hell in about two litres of water then shove it all through a sieve." nicename

Soup recipes in Top Bananas!

The Mumsnet cookbooktop bananas has a whole chapter of soup recipes to try, including a veggie-packed 'vitamin injection' soup or to perk up your day the 'sunny sweetcorn soup'.


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