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Basic vegetable soup

If you can master this you can use the same method to create a huge variety of different flavoured soups.


  • olive oil or butter

  • 1 cup onion chopped

  • 1 cup potato, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 sprig of thyme

  • 3 cups chopped vegetables of your choice (eg carrots, celery, parsnip)

  • 4 cups stock and milk mixture or water


  • 1.

    Sweat the onion and potatoes slowly in a saucepan in olive oil or butter until the potato just starts to stick to the bottom.

  • 2.

    Add the rest of the vegetables and stock, bay leaf and thyme and simmer until the vegetables are soft.

  • 3.

    Taste the soup to check if seasoning is needed.

  • 4.

    Spoon into bowls and serve hot.


VARIATIONS: Add tinned tomatoes, white beans from a can, a glass of white wine, undyed smoked haddock or watercress.

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Delicious, full of flavour!! Was nice and quick to prepare, while the soup was simmering on the stove, I prepared a Quiche. A great winter dinner for the family. :)