Warm the cockles with this hearty winter vegetable soup. Use up whatever vegetables you have in the crisper to reduce food waste or use whatever vegetables are in season to save money!
This Winter Soup is adapted from a Margaret Fulton recipe, I’ve been cooking this soup every Winter for a few years now. It is a hearty soup, even though it is quite liquid and is very nutritious.
This soup never fails to remind me of the story about stone soup, a frugal soup that goes to show that you can make a nourishing meal from very little.
You can vary the vegetables and the beans to whatever is in season or what you have in your crisper. I sometimes substitute the potatoes for turnips or sweet potatoes. The dark bits in the photo are pieces of zucchini. Serve with some crusty bread on the side, or as an entree.
Best of all, it is easy to make, makes a huge pot of soup and it only costs a few of dollars.
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 leek, (white part and a little of the green) washed and sliced
- 2 small celery sticks, diced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 cup of shelled peas, fresh or frozen
- 8 cups (2 litres / 3 1/4 pints) of vegetable stock or water
- 1 500g tin of cannellini beans, drained
- a handful of baby spinach leaves, shredded
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over low to medium heat and gently sauté all the vegetables except the spinach for about 15 minutes.
- Add the stock or water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the cannellini beans and spinach and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Season to taste.
- Serve very hot. Sprinkle each bowl with grated parmesan. Finish off with a trickle of olive oil if you like.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 994mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 9g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.