Seriously simple but sensationally tasty. Like a hug-in-a-mug this easy winter vegetable soup is a classic and a must-have for your recipe collection to see you through those chilly winter months.
Winter Vegetable Soup
It is cold and wet and windy here in Scotland. Winter is upon us, but not in the pretty but chilly snow-filled way, more in the bone-cold and damp sort of way.
When the weather is like this there is just nothing better than holing up in the house and keeping warm by the fire. Add a big bowl of hearty comforting soup and the picture really is complete.
This soup is all about those basic winter veggies that don’t ring the bells in the glamour department, they are far more earthy, down-home and some would even say a tad boring. Potatoes, carrots, leeks, parsnip, spinach, cabbage and celery. No chilli fire, no real drama.
Instead, there is depth of flavour and simple goodness.
Now don’t be put off by the list of ingredients here, once you have your veggies washed and peeled it really is just a case of tossing things into the pan, so please resist any temptation to run away and give up at the long list here.
Ingredients for this vegetable soup
An onion, carrots, celery, parsnip, sweet potato, potatoes and garlic.
Actually, you can use any vegetables you can get your hands on. Swede/turnip is always a good choice.
Some green veggies like cabbage and spinach.
Beans for filling fibre. I’ve used a can of cannellini beans but you could just as easily use butter beans or anything else lurking in the cupboard.
Tinned tomatoes and vegetable (or chicken) stock.
There are no spices other than salt and pepper and for herbal interest, I’ve used thyme. You could use rosemary if you prefer. I love the earthiness of thyme in this winter vegetable soup.
I’ve used fresh thyme but feel free to use dried thyme. Use half the amount of dried herbs to fresh herbs though as their flavour is much stronger.
You could use swede/turnip or cauliflower for this soup, just use any veggies you can get your hands on in winter.
If you don’t have any canned beans you could always use lentils instead or chickpeas.
What size to chop the vegetables?
When chopping the veggies you don’t want to make the pieces tiny in small dice. Simply chop them into pieces about 1cm in size and try to keep everything about the same size so they cook evenly.
How to make winter vegetable soup
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion, carrots and celery, parsnip and both types of potatoes (don’t bother to peel these as the skins add flavour and vitamins) for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Drain and rinse the cannellini beans and add these along with the tomatoes and stock.
Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the cabbage and spinach and season well with salt and pepper. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
I like to serve my winter vegetable soup with a spoonful of homemade Pistou as I always feel this veggie soup is a bit like a winter version of the French summer soup de pistou.
I also serve my vegetarian Scotch broth with kale pistou. It’s a great way to brighten up any simple soup.
I also add a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and some crusty bread on the side.
This soup will keep fine in the fridge for about 5 days in a sealed container and of course, it freezes well for up to 6 months.
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Easy winter vegetable soup recipe
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 carrots peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 celery sticks chopped
- 1 parsnip peeled and chopped
- 1 small sweet potato chopped
- 6 small potatoes or 2 large chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- 400 g canned cannellini beans
- 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
- 600 ml vegetable or chicken stock
- 250 g chopped green cabbage
- 250 g fresh spinach
- Salt and pepper
- Pistou and parmesan to serve
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion, carrots and celery, parsnip and both types of potatoes (don’t bother to peel these as the skins add flavour and vitamins) for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Drain and rinse the cannellini beans and add these along with the tomatoes and stock.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the cabbage and spinach and season well with salt and pepper. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve with a spoonful of pistou and a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan cheese and some crusty bread on the side.
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