Veggies from the garden, fresh soup!

posted Oct 18, 2011, 3:29 PM by Janie Heinrich   [ updated Oct 18, 2011, 3:32 PM ]

Good vegetable soup



Good vegetable soup

The ultimate vegetable soup is a meal in itself, packed full with healthy veggies, spices and aromatics. We love to eat soups in the evening in Autumn!  

This will make good use of garden veggies that are ready to be eaten and we can freeze the extra for nights when the dinner hour arrives before we are ready!!!

Love this recipe, you can just open up your refrigerator or head down to the garden either way using what you have on hand to create a healthy, delicious and nutritious dinner for you, your family, guests, and friends.


For the base ingredients
For the aromatics
  • bouquet garni

  • and/or 1-2 fresh red chillies, de-seeded and chopped

  • or 1 tsp or more curry paste or curry powder or spices, e.g. cumin, fennel seeds, cinnamon, etc

For the main ingredients
  • potato, or other thickener if needed, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 500g/18oz vegetables, prepared as appropriate and roughly chopped

For the liquid
  • 1-1.5 litres/1¾-2¾ pints) vegetable or chicken stock, or vegetable cooking water, or a mixture of water and milk


Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil or butter gently in a large saucepan, then add the base ingredients, the aromatics and the main ingredients. Stir around to coat everything in the fat, then sweat very gently for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Add 1litre/1¾pints of stock or other liquid, saving the rest for thinning down (if necessary), and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring up to the boil, then simmer gently for about 20 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.

  3. Liquidise in several batches, and return to the pan. Thin down with the reserved stock, water or milk as required, and check the seasoning

  4. Reheat when needed.