VegBox Recipes

Soup Recipes

Soups are an ideal way of cooking vegetables.

Many veggies are high in vitamins that are water soluble, such as vitamin C. If you boil them, they lose these vitamins during cooking, reducing their nutritional content.

So if you cook them in a soup, you keep the cooking liquid to make the final dish - preserving the vitamins.

Another bonus of soups is they tend to be easy to cook. Just chop the ingredients, maybe a little frying, then put everything in a pan and leave it to cook - just stirring occasionally. Perfect for busy families.

Here are some of our favourite soup recipes:
Autumn Vegetable Soup
This is a great way of using up the end of your veg box. It works well with most vegetables. It's a tasty, but healthy recipe, because you don't even need to use any fat. Just prepare the veggies, chuck them in a pan with the stock and stir occasionally. My kind of after-work cooking!
Beetroot And Orange Soup
The fantastic colour of this soup makes a wonderful change from the earthy colours of other winter root vegetables and the greens of winter brassicas.
Beetroot Soup (Borscht)
This recipe is a great way of using end of season beetroot. It is simple and delicious - just beware its staining potential!
The potatoes are optional and aren't usually included in the traditional Borscht recipe, but they help thicken the soup, which makes it less messy for kids to eat.
Black Nero Cabbage Soup
I must confess I never thought I would fall for "cabbage soup"!

So I was really surprised by how delicious this recipe is. Even my toddler came back for third helpings, which is unheard of...

Note: you can use kale or Savoy cabbage, too.
Broccoli And Peanut Butter Soup
This might sound like a strange combination, but it works really well. You can use mature broccoli heads or sprouting broccoli for this recipe Ė whatever youíve got to hand.
Carrot And Celeriac Soup
The sweetness of sauted carrots and onions balance the pungence of the celeriac in this carrot and celeriac soup recipe. The coriander leaves give the finished soup a real lift, turning it into a filling autumn or winter treat.
Celeriac Soup
The flavour of this soup is subtle, but it gives you a chance to enjoy the celeriac, rather than masking its flavour.
Chicken Carrot and Pearl Barley Soup
This recipe came to us from our friends at British Carrots to accompany our feature on ethical meat consumption.

They say:

"The next time youíre having a roast chicken, this soup is the ideal thing for the next day. Use the chicken bones to make delicious fresh chicken stock, the last bits of chicken meat and any leftover vegetables like potatoes or peas - all can be stirred in. Pearl barley thickens the soup and makes it really hearty too. Itís a delicious, warming soup for any time of year."
Courgette Soup
What? Courgette soup? Are you sure? Yes! Sceptical at first, but now converted. Amazingly simple and a great way of using and preserving a glut of courgettes.
So whether you've got courgettes in your veg box for the 5th week in a row, or a glut from your allotment's 15 courgette plants, this soup makes a tasty change.
Cream Of Asparagus Soup

Cream of asparagus soup is a great way to use up any woody ends of asparagus spears or any late season asparagus that's a bit too tough to use in side dishes or salads.

It works well with green or white asparagus, so use whatever you can get hold of.

Easy Italian Potato & Tomato Soup

This recipe has been provided by the Potato Council.

Perfect for a hot lunch during the colder months, and ideal as a starter for a dinner party.

Potato Council has launched Master Spud Ė a chance for budding chefs and keen cooks up and down the country to upload their favourite quick, easy and healthy potato recipe to a special new potato website to win the opportunity to star alongside celeb chef and heart throb Jean Christophe Novelli in a national TV advert. Click through to find out more.

French Blue Cheese And Potato Soup
I discovered this potato soup recipe whilst on holiday in the Auvergne region of France. Many of the local dishes are based on potatoes, cream and cheese, and this one is no exception. This version has been adapted to make it slightly less artery-clogging.. But it's so delicious and simple to make that you'll want to enjoy it now and then as a treat.
Garlic Soup
This is, strictly speaking, a garlic and potato soup, but we call it garlic soup because it has so much garlic in! By roasting the garlic before using, it's much less pungent and has an even more delicious flavour.
Hallowe'en Soup
This recipe for Hallowe'en Soup is on test - but still available for you to try. Why not give it a go?
Halloween Goop Soup with Ghostie Buns
Something more substantial to put in their stomachs before going trick or treating, perhaps.
Hearty Butternut Squash and Red Onion Soup
This recipe for butternut squash and red onion soup was submitted to us by Kelly Stewart and is on test for you to try. Why not give it a go and let us know what you think!
Jerusalem Artichoke & Vegetable Soup
This recipe has been provided by Moelyci. They operate a box scheme in Gwynedd.
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
This yummy soup recipe, generously provided to us by Abel & Cole, is thick and hearty - perfect for the cold season.
Leek And Butterbean Soup
This is a delicious, filling soup for autumn and winter evenings. It's worth making extra to freeze - or so hungry eaters can come back for more. And there's a secret ingredient, to give it an extra zing!
Leek And Potato Soup
Leek and potato soup has to be a winter classic. And if you're not too bothered about calories, a splash of cream transforms the flavour.
Lentil Soup
Lentil soup is an old favourite of mine. It's thick and warming and there are so many ways to vary the ingredients, you never need to get bored of it.
Lettuce Soup

This recipe has been provided by British Leafy Salads Association.

You might not associate lettuce with soup, but we guarantee you won't be disappointed. This is delicious and it's easy to make!

Miso-Style Soup
In Japan, Miso soup is often eaten daily and is believed to help the digestive system. This variation on the original adds in a few vegetables, with optional tofu, to make a soup substantial enough for a lunch or light supper.
Monastery Soup
There are many variations on monastery soup but here is one that works well with spring and summertime vegetables.
Pumpkin / Squash and Carrot Soup
This delicious squash soup is vibrant orange and warms up any autumn or winter's day. It works equally well with pumpkin or an orange-fleshed squash and is really easy to make - as well as tasty.
Pumpkin Or Butternut Squash Soup
This is a great autumn lunchtime soup. We end up making it on Saturday lunchtimes, usually when it's raining! It really is as simple as chop the veggies, cook them in the butter, add the stock and then leave it.
Pumpkin Soup with Cocunut Milk and Curry

A delicious pumpkin soup recipe with a twist! This recipe has been shared with us by the lovely people at

Like us, they provide a resource to help people to make sustainable food choices and lead a healthier lifestyle.

We also found this wonderful article about squashes on their site. We're particularly intrigued by the Cinderella Pumpkin!

Enjoy the recipe!

Salad Soup from Fiji
This recipe was sent in to us by Sue C in Fiji. Sue says:

"'Salad Soup' might sound silly - but think 'Gazpacho'! I dreamed this up when I was put on a mostly soup diet for a while and really wanted to make the most of salad ingredients as well as mixed veggie soup.

Amounts are not given - that depends on which flavour you want to dominate - or none at all. I use plenty of onion, garlic and coriander; and prefer it quite thick. 2 tins of tomatoes make a good start, with water added to about half the depth of the veggies - they cook down, of course. A big batch freezes well in single serving containers."
Spiced Parsnip Soup
Our lovely friends at Foodari have shared this recipe with us. It's easy to make and tastes delicious!
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup


Butternut squash has such a sweet taste and beautiful texture and this delightfully simple recipe will make a very special ingredient even more divine, with a touch of spice!

And why not give your squash soup a twist by adding a handful of nachos and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese as a topping.

Spicy Cabbage Soup
You can use any type of cabbage for this recipe, so itís a great way of using up leftovers. Spices are a good way of boosting your metabolic rate, which can get sluggish in winter, so this soup should leave you feeling full of energy.
Spicy Cabbage Soup
You can use any type of cabbage for this recipe, so itís a great way of using up leftovers. Spices are a good way of boosting your metabolic rate, which can get sluggish in winter, so this soup should leave you feeling full of energy.
Squash And Coconut Soup
Squashes keep well throughout the winter and, although the recipe suggests butternut, any orange-fleshed squash will do. The coconut is deliciously sweet with the squash.
Swede And Parsnip Soup
This simple soup makes a hearty meal on a winter's day. You can experiment by adding herbs and spices of your choice.
Three Bean Summer Soup
This is a delicious summer soup. Lighter than those of winter, it makes the most of the new seasonís vegetables, whilst still filling you up and being wonderfully warming. You can use haricot beans or butter beans for this recipe, depending which you prefer. The main thing is to stick to whatís in season with the vegetables. That way theyíll be packed with flavour Ė and good for you too!
Tomato And Roast Garlic Soup
This soup is absolutely delicious with full-flavoured, ripe, in-season tomatoes. Bear in mind itís not supposed to taste like tinned tomato soup Ė this is the real thing Ė home made tomato soup, with roasted garlic & onions and fresh herbs. Itís got plenty of garlic in, but roasting it mellows the flavour.
Warming Pumpkin Soup
This recipe was sent in to us by Shanny, who says "Delicious. I usually bake a loaf of bread in the breadmaker and have fresh warm bread with the soup. I put the bread on to cook in the morning as it takes 2.5 hrs and then make the soup for lunch as it only takes about 20 mins to cook. Great when you have friends over for lunch or a big family gathering."

Watercress Soup
Although thought of as a summer leaf, farmed watercress is often available from UK growers in winter, too. It's packed with vitamins and its bright green colour can brighten up a cloudy winter's day. Or enjoy for a springtime lunch.
Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup
Minestrone is a traditional, chunky soup, served with soup pasta. We often think of it as a summer dish, but with a little lateral thinking, you can create a soup that brightens up any winterís day.
Winter Vegetable Soup
This soup is a family favourite. Itís a great way of using left-over winter vegetables and also sneaking a few more vitamins past the kids.

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