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A Simple Soup Recipe

A Simple Soup Recipe

Ok Melbourne, it is supposed to be spring, but we are having snow and storms.  Such a shock to my system to come home from Italy to be frozen to the core.

My gorgeous husband Simon was away last week in Japan so I decided to make a huge pot of soup for James (my son) and I for the week.  James and I loved our "PJ" week enjoying our soup, snuggled up together on the couch.

So simple and delicious, I thought I would share.

There can be many variations to this recipe, a great way to experiment.  I have added a few below.

Ingredients:  

Vegetable pack
Garlic (1 or 2 cloves)
Bacon - chopped to make quicker, or chicken to add flavour, but omit if vegetarian
2 tins tomatoes
1/2 packet soup mix
Stock (beef, chicken or vegetarian).
Parsley (in vegetable pack) add chopped just before serving.

 Here are the ingredients I used.  Simple pack of vegetables from LaMana $6.99.  Omit bacon and use vegetable stock to create a vegetarian dish.    When shopping just pull up this photo and you have the list.  

Here are the ingredients I used.  Simple pack of vegetables from LaMana $6.99.  Omit bacon and use vegetable stock to create a vegetarian dish.  

When shopping just pull up this photo and you have the list.  

Place some oil in a large saucepan.  Fry up chopped onions, garlic and bacon.  

Add all other chopped vegetables.  You can add or omit any vegetables.  I added some silver beat  to the dish for the last night.  

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Add all other ingredients and cover with water.

You can exchange soup mix for pasta or have both if you wish.  

Now is also the time to add the secret ingredient, a tablespoon or 2 of vegemite.  This is a secret from Simon's Nana Rowland (see her famous macaroni and cheese recipe here).  Nana Rowland always added vegemite to soups and stews for extra flavour.  And it works.

 Ready to cover with water.

Ready to cover with water.

Cook for a few hours.

 Ready to add parsley and dish up.

Ready to add parsley and dish up.

Top with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Enjoy with crusty bread or on it's own.

James and I ate this for 3 nights and I have more in the freezer so a quick, cheap and healthy meal to make life easy for the week.

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 I was doggy sitting "Pheobe" - my daughter Emma's dog who was no help in the kitchen.

I was doggy sitting "Pheobe" - my daughter Emma's dog who was no help in the kitchen.

 

Do you have a favourite soup recipe passed down to you with "special ingredients" you would like to share?  We would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Let us know how you go with the recipe and what variations you made.

Thanks for reading.  Please feel free to share with others.

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