Whether eaten at lunch or prepared for a light evening meal, soup can be an excellent way of eating healthily and enjoying vegetables.
Homemade soup is fast to prepare. These recipes are some of my favourite soups, but they are easy to adapt to your favourite vegetables, and to experiment with different combinations.
For extra variety, try adding beans and pulses, or jalapeño chilli for a little spice.
Freshly made vegetable stock can transform the taste of homemade soup. It really is rather wonderful. The freshness of the herbs and vegetables bursts through in flavour.
Asparagus and leeks are both in season during April and May. Combined together they make a healthy, light, creamy tasting soup good for adults and children.
This is a simple to make, any day, beetroot soup recipe. It takes less than half an hour to make. Beetroot soup is deliciously thick, full or nutrition, and surprisingly sweet.
Gazpacho is a classic Spanish soup. It is absolutely delicious and full of healthy ingredients, prepared raw and blended. It can be enjoyed all year round, but is at its best served chilled on warm summer days.
Chard is loaded with goodness, has a rich taste, and makes a delicious thick soup full of flavour. This chard soup recipe includes potatoes and beans to make a delicious meal.
Carrots and cloves create a spiced, sweet, aromatic soup. If you like the flavour of cloves in bread sauce and mulled wine, you may love this soup. For a more traditional carrot soup, just leave out the cloves.
Onions make a yummy sweet soup that is said to be good for your body. To really bring out the flavour, I like to melt a hard cheese into the soup just before serving. A classic cheese and onion combination!
This roast garlic soup recipe is full of goodness and is delicious too. Roasting the garlic, onion, and carrots brings out their sweetness, transforming the soup into a delicious treat.
Beetroot and squash are both naturally sweet, full of nutrients, and store well – making an ideal soup for the winter months.
Winter squash and celeriac soup is ideal for cold winter nights. Winter squash gives sweetness and thickness, and celeriac adds its celery like flavour. A delicious sweet tasting gold coloured soup. Serve with fresh crusty bread.
Tomatillo soup is easy to make and packed full of healthy vegetables. It is naturally sweet due to the tomatillos, and made sweeter still by adding sweetcorn, peppers, and peas.
Spinach and peas are two of the most nutritious vegetables it is possible to grow. Together they make a delicious sweet tasting soup, full of goodness, that can be enjoyed all year round.
Celeriac makes a sweet tasting nutritious soup. Celeriac has a flavour similar to celery, and is sweet like parsnip. If not on your vegetable patch, celeriac is cheap to buy and is in season from autumn through winter.
Broad beans make a delicious rich soup. By concealing the beans in a soup, it is an excellent way of getting reluctant children and adults to eat them. The soup has a lovely rich green colour, similar to pea soup.