Monday, March 28

Vegetable Soup

I recently bought a new vegetarian cookbook,  martha goes green - a vegetarian cookbook, as a way of achieving my goal of cooking more vegetarian meals this year.  The more I eat vegetarian the more I enjoy my nights without eating meat so this week I've sneaked in two vegetarian meals on the menu plan;)  On the menu tonight was Vegetable Soup. (Serves 6-8 * Vegan)

1 small leek
2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
3 cups diced pumpkin
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
1 cup pearl barley, rinsed
1 cup green split peas, rinsed
6 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

Remove ends and outer leaves from leek, half length ways, wash and slice.  Set aside.

Heat oil in a large pot over a medium heat and cook onion and garlic until clear.  Add celery and salt and cook until celery becomes soft.  Add leek and cook for 5 minutes.  Add remaining vegetables, herbs, barley, split peas, stock and water and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over a medium heat for 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Serve chunky, or give a rough blend or mash if a smoother consistency is desired.

Note: If soup is too thick add extra water until a desired consistency is reached.

This recipe results in quite a large yield, however, the recipe can be halved, or the remaining soup can be frozen and reheated at a later date.

It was a really yummy soup, lovely flavours and perfect for the cooler months, plenty of vegetables to help with those nasty colds too.  I hope you enjoy it too.



  1. Looks yummy. We have meat free night. Last night we I did a beautiful minestrone (I leave out the bacon).

  2. I've had my eye on this cookbook - it looks interesting. Are you liking it? Though we are not vegetarian, I do like a few meat free days a it's pumpkin soup tonight.

  3. Yummo, exactly what I need at the moment - I just had a bowl of chicken and vegie soup to try and combat this cold :) Can't wait to try this one x

  4. Looks so yummy! Here's a link to a Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Lentil curry my meat loving husband enjoys. I love that when eating this no one misses the meat.


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