Darned Good Vegetable Soup

Darned Good Veg Soup


That’s what Mr Misk said when he tasted this soup. It’s a touch of summer soup in the midst of winter, thanks to frozen vegetables, basil pesto and tinned tomatoes. I used a stock cube for the chicken broth. I reckon there’s no need to make more work for yourself than needed.

This is the type of soup where you can add whatever is sitting in your fridge that needs using up: shredded cabbage, sliced black olives, oregano, diced courgettes … any of that sound good? Throw it in!

Vegetable Soup


In a medium pot, sauté and sweat off the celery, onion and carrot:

2 T olive oil
2 stalks celery, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 large carrot, peeled & cut into bite-sized pieces

Add the following to the pot

1 litre/4 cups chicken stock
1 medium yam, peeled, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 small potatoes, peeled & cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tin chopped tomatoes with juice
1 tin of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
handful green beans cut into bite-size pieces
handful frozen peas
handful frozen corn

Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 15-minutes, then add the following to the pot:

2 tablespoon basil pesto
handful of chopped salami or ham (optional)
2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon pepper (optional, and to taste)
1/2 fresh lemon, juiced

Taste for seasoning, adjust, adding more as needed, and serve.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh yum! I’ve been wanting soup lately and this looks delicious (with slight modifications for my vegetarian diet). Thanks for sharing.

    1. Misky says:

      Omit the ham or salami, and use vegetable stock?

      1. My thoughts exactly! Or even throwing in some veggie meat might be tasty. 🙂

  2. bizzylizzycooks says:

    Reminds me of a minestrone I make. Yummy! Enough said. ; )

    1. Misky says:

      I love minestrone soup!

  3. Glenda says:

    Looks good Misky but not at the moment. Much, much too hot here for a hearty soup.

    1. Misky says:

      You’d be glad for it if you were sitting here in the UK! 12cm snow yesterday. 🙂

      1. Glenda says:

        I am so jealous:)

  4. Joanna says:

    Fabulosoupilicious! That looks lovely, slurp slurp, I would sink several bowls one after the other and elbow everyone else out of the way 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      I’m trying to clear out the kitchen before construction starts at the end of the month, so this soup benefited from things not usually added – like a yam (leftover from Christmas), bits of frozen ham, lemon juice, etc. It really turned out (surprisingly) good. 🙂

  5. I love how you measure! A handful of this and that. That’s my kind of cooking!

    1. Misky says:

      It’s like how my gran used a tea cup for measuring, rather than a measuring cup. It’s consistent measure (a handful is a handful is a handful!) that’s important rather than precise measure. And besides, soup should be made by eye, never an obsession to quantity. 🙂

      1. Paula J says:

        By eye. I like that.

  6. Karen says:

    We all need a taste of summer right now and your soup looks warm and delicious. Perfect for the cold weather.

    1. Misky says:

      Frozen vegetables are perfect for this, too! Enjoy, Karen. 🙂

  7. totopermadi says:

    really !!! this is recommended for “cooking day”.. we will try this recipes 🙂

    1. Misky says:

      Brilliant! And welcome to Misky Cooks. Shout if you have any questions.

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