Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A good old standby soup recipe

Welcome to my new followers Data Creata, A tale from Toadstool House and Sarah

It's been such a cold day today and in need of warming up I decided to put one of my favourite soups on for tea. Although I've been making this recipe for years it never tastes the same twice as I normally end up throwing in anything that's laying around in the fridge.

The basic recipe is:

3 large carrots - chopped
1 large courgette - chopped
1 large onion - sliced
Stick of celery - chopped
Tin of tomatoes
Vegetable stock cube
3/4 pint water
Dash of Worcester sauce
Oregano or Marjoram or Basil (depends what I have around, sometimes all three)

Place all ingredients in large pot and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all ingredients are cooked.

I leave this to cool before blitzing with my stick blender. I blitz it all down to a puree and if necessary add some water if too thick.

Today I added a few cauliflower florets and some butternut squash and half a carton of tomato Passata from the fridge. The result was the best so far and will yield about six good portions. It freezes well and is always a standby.


Thankyou for all your comments and best wishes for my Book Reading group - it was a great success and everyone enjoyed the session. We don't intend reading the whole book in a month and plan to discuss the various themes relating to social issues and history of that time before continuing with our read.


  1. Sounds just like the soup I love - bung everything in and hope for the best.

  2. Being a tight knitter like myself, you ought to have a go at knitting a dishcloth, I'm finding it really simple and it isn't too tight. On my second one now, using 5mm needles, a lot tighter together.

  3. This sounds good and perfect for a winter lunch. I shall print it off and make it next week.

  4. Its so easy to make soup I dont know why anyone buys it! And I notice you put worcestershire sauce in it which I swear by! I use it in lots of things and it just gives it all a bit of a kick!

  5. I love soup so will write down the ingredients for next week's shopping. Plus I love zucchini and anything made with it.

    I am like you and often come up with things based on what I have in the fridge at the time. I just posted a corn and cauliflower bake recipe this morning which was also something that I had that needed using up. I also created a new recipe from the leftovers (recipe will be my next post) from lots of veggies in my veggie drawer. It is fun to see all those things go in and get something tasty from it.

    Hugs from Holland ~


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