Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup

If you are a single guy like me or a single woman for that matter who neglects to eat enough veggies from time to time then this one will set you in good stead, and the best thing about it is that you can add almost anything to it and make it a full on meal.

You will need

Stock, chicken or veg stock depending on what flavour you feel like or what you are going to add to it. Personally I use chicken stock 90% of the time, vegetable quantities will vary and you can add almost any vegetable, make a pile of your favorite vegetables that is about 1/3 more than you think you will need.

Carrots
Celery
Onions
Potatoes

These are the basic veg that you should have in any soup and then you can go to town, add whatever your favorite veg is to the list and even a few of those never tried before veg, lets face it, how bad can they really taste! They can only be good for you.

The process (10 minutes max )

Chop up the veg into nice bite size pieces, not too small, we are after a good hearty meal in a soup kind of setup. Make up some stock (read the package), generally I make 500ml and thats good for about 4 servings.

Put a large pot on the stove at a medium to high heat. Add a little olive oil and fry the unions a little or until they are glistening, sometimes I throw in all the veg and give them a bit of a fry for no other reason than I feel like it and it starts to smell good.

Then all you need to do is add the stock, not quite covering the veg, turn down the heat to a low heat and simmer it for about 10-15 minutes with the lid on and you’re done. Now you can chop up a few herbs, grate a little parmesan(my favorite) or chop up a spring onion and sprinkle on top of your soup, a grind of pepper and a pinch of salt before eating.

Adding meat/chicken

When you add meat or chicken, fry it up with the onions befor adding the stock. I like to shred chicken in my soup, it gives it a kind of chinesey feel.