Saturday, 26 November 2011

Week 29- Curried Parsnip Soup




Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. Autumn is here, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness bringing shorter days and cold nights and what could be nicer than a warming bowl of soup. This week our recipe is for a lovely spicy Parsnip Soup.


2 Large Parsnips

3 oz Butter

1 medium size Onion (chopped)

2 cloves Garlic (minced or coped)

1 Litre Vegetable Stock (Green OXO or stock of your choice)

1 rounded teaspoon curry powder

Half Pint Single Cream

Salt &Pepper to taste

Chopped coriander or Parsley to garnish.


Peel and slice the Parsnips.

Heat the butter gently, add onion and cook until the onion is soft, add garlic, heat for a few more minutes. Stir in curry powder, cook for 1 minute, add parsnips and stock. Bring to the boil and simmr until the parsnips are cooked (about 20 minutes). Liquidise the soup.

Return the soup to a clean pan. Stir in the cream and season. Garnish with chopped coriander or fresh parsley.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Week 28- Quick Tomato Soup



Hi, and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week, a very quick Tomato Soup perfect for a supper or lunch. Before we start, a quick note for those who have made the Pickled Onions from Week 24- they are now ready to eat! Enjoy! ( 

Back to our  Tomato Soup, vegetable soups, when eaten in a restaurant or hotel are not always what they seem. We had a lovely vegetable soup in a country pub, only to be told later (when we asked for the recipe) that it was made with chicken stock! Rest assured, ALL our ingredients are suitable for vegetarians ( though not Vegans as we use dairy products).



Half Pint Vegetable Stock (OXO GREEN) (or stock of your choice

Half Pint Milk

4 Tablespoons Single Cream

Half teaspoon dried Oregano

1 small Onion finely chopped

2 oz Butter

Salt & Black Pepper

Fresh Parsley to garnish


Gently fry the onion in the butter, do not burn. Add tin chopped tomatoes, stock, Oregano and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Alow to cool and liquidise.

Add the milk stirring all the time and bring to boil, Stir in the cream. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Before serving, sprinkle fresh Parsley over the top.

Delicious with crispy rolls or fresh, crusty bread.


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Week 27- Minestrone Soup


Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. This week our recipe is for another Italian classic - Minestrone Soup. The most delicious Minestrone Soup I tasted was many years ago in a small Italian cafe tucked away behind Covent Garden. Covent Garden was London's fruit and vegetable market, opening around 1670, but today Covent Garden is famous for its restaurants, large central piazza, shops, fashionable boutiques and night life. Our Minestrone will, of course, be made with Vegetable Stock.


(serves 6 to 8)


225g/8oz Can Red Kidney Beans (drained)

1 Large Onion (choped)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)

4 small carrots (finely chopped)

2 stalks celery (chopped)

Quarter small cabbage (sliced)

1 tablespoon Tomato Puree

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

100g/4 oz) Macaroni

100g/4oz Frozen Peas

3 Pints Vegetable Stock (use Green Oxo or cubes of your choice)

1 teaspoon dried Basil (or Oregano)

Salt and Black Pepper


Heat the oil in a very large saucepan. Gently fry the onion, add garlic and celery. Add all the vegetables except the Red Kidney Beans and Peas which will be added later. Add stock and stir thoroughly. Stir in tomato puree, add herbs and salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, stir, then simmer for 20 minutes.

Now add the Macaroni, red kidney beans and cooked peas. Bring back to boil.

Simmer for about 10 minutes until the Macaroni is tender.

Serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Serve with wholemeal rolls or bread.

Real comfort food for a cold Autumn night.