Chunky Vegetable Soup

30 Dec


This is the very last of my turkey… sniff sniff 😦 I have to say I’m kind of sad! Never the less the stock I made using the turkey carcass is absolutely delicious and so flavorsome. All you have to do is pop the carcass in a big pot,nearly cover it with water then add a large diced onion, 2 diced carrots, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 2 bay leafs, 1tsp mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2-3hours. Remove the carcass then sieve the stock into a large jug and use in my delicious vegetable soup below! This soup is really light but feels like you are having a really substantial meal like stew because it is chunky. You could also blend it if you like. I served mine  with pasta shapes but it would also be lovely if you served it with a hunk of fresh crusty bread.


Chunky Vegetable Soup (Serves 4)

1  large onion, diced

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

4 medium carrots,peeled and sliced

2 large parsnips, peeled and sliced

1/2 turnip,peeled and diced

3 small potatoes, peeled and diced

2 leeks, washed and sliced

1tsp mixed herbs

salt and pepper

1 1/2 litres, approx turkey stock or make it with a stock cube

2tbsp rapeseed oil

3-4 bacon rashers, fat removed and cut into strips

150-200g pasta shapes

a grating or Parmesan (optional)

  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a large saucepan then add the onion and garlic and fry over a medium/low heat for 3-4mins, stirring constantly, until softened.
  • Add all the chopped vegetables and mix to combine. Pour over the turkey stock, there should be enough to cover the vegetables. If not top it up with a drop of hot water.
  • Add the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables soften. About 15-20mins.
  • When you are ready to serve the soup, cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Heat 1tbsp oil in a small frying pan and add the bacon strips. Fry until cooked and lightly browned.
  • To serve, spoon some pasta into the bottom of the bowl then ladle over the soup. Lay a couple bacon strips on top and scatter with Parmesan, if using. Try not to burn you’re tongue! I already made that mistake. 😀

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