:: Bord Bia Hamper and Wholesome Veg Soup

September 28, 2009 at 11:23 am 6 comments

Most people find this time of year a little depressing, the nights becoming longer, the days becoming shorter, but for foodies this is harvest season, when all the hard work in the garden during the summer really pays off.  Vegetables like, carrots, cabbages, and parsnips which have benefited from the long summer days are all now fully formed, heavy and begging to be plucked from the ground. 

I received a fantastic seasonal vegetable hamper from Bord Bia to promote there brilliant new best in season website, which highlights the huge range of fresh veg which is on offer throughout the year.  The hamper included a great selection of parsnips, carrots, leeks, celery, cabbage, and potatoes.  I have been a bit busy so didn’t get to cook as many dishes as I had hoped but managed to knock up a big batch of  vegetable soup!

Wholesome Vegetable Soup

Soup season is definitely upon us, and as much as I love experimenting with new flavours, and different combinations, I always come back to a good old homemade vegetable soup.  This is the one I normally stick to but add whatever vegetables you have at hand, they certainly won’t go astray here.

Serves 6-8

1 tablespoon of butter
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, sliced
2 potatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
bunch of celery, chopped
2 litres of vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the butter in a large pot and place over a medium high heat.
When butter is melted and foamy, add the onion, potato, and leek.
Fry for 2 minutes, then cover and sweat for 8 minutes.
Add the stock, carrots, parsnip, celery, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender when you insert a fork.
Season with a little salt and pepper to taste and then either serve as a chunky vegetable broth or blitz with a hand blender to form a silky smooth soup.


Entry filed under: carrot, celery, leek, onion, parsnips, potato, soup.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chocolate Shavings  |  September 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    That soup sounds like the perfect meal for cold days!

  • 2. ABowlOfMush  |  September 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Such a lovely looking soup with gorgeous ingredients!

  • 3. qutins  |  September 28, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Looks delicious!! It will be perfect for today. Ty 🙂

  • 4. Sippity Sup  |  September 29, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I love your blog. I am not a big "commenter" but I had to say that! GREG

  • 5. Polina  |  October 1, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! I ran into your lovely photo on tastespotting. I didn't make it exactly as you laid out, but that's what I really love about this post — I feel like it is a simple base that is easy to remember and fun to adapt. And as a beginner Chef, I love learning "how to fish", so to speak.

  • 6. Kathleen  |  October 3, 2009 at 3:20 am

    What a great soup recipe especially as fall weather approaches. I made this for dinner with cheese sandwiches and it was a hit.


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