Winter Warming Soup – cheap quick and tasty ๐Ÿ˜‹

I love homemade soup, it is simple to make, uses Leftovers, it’s warming, tasty and cheap. I love to buy Aldi Super 6, and this often dictates what soup I make.

This time of year it is the perfect lunch or an easy filler for ravenous kids, you’ll be surprised what they will eat if they can’t see it๐Ÿ˜‰


I never plan ahead, each weekend I check out what I have to use up in the veg department of my fridge. ย This weeks lucky finalists are an onion, a couple of small potatoes and a couple of carrots. I could have added a couple of rasher of leftover bacon, but have gone for a spicy veggie version, rather than bacon and lentil.

I will pair these lowly Veg with a handful of red lentils and a few spices and will have spicy lentil and veg soup.ย I use my beloved Thermomix, but it works just as well in a large pan, and a stick blender.


I simply peel and chop the onion and pop that in the bowl, followed by (unpeeled) chopped carrots and potatoes and about 80g of red lentils. ย To this I add a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of coriander, a small chilli and about a litre of Veg stock, I cook this at heat 100, speed 2 for 25 mins, or on a medium heat on the job for approx 20-25 mins – keep an eye on it.


Once the veg is soft, taste the stock and season to taste, with the measuring cap in, blitz the soup for 10 seconds on speed 8, check for consistency and again for taste, adjust if needed. ย If doing in a pan, remove the pan from the heat and blitz using a stick blender, be careful, start slow, no one wants a face full of hot soup ๐Ÿ˜ฒ


I use these plastic soup mugs, they can go from freezer to microwave and are ideal for work lunches – I always take mine in frozen, in a freezer bag, no spills in my bag ๐Ÿ˜‡


I sometimes make bread rolls,


sometimes seeded crackers (click Hereย for the recipe)ย , at the moment I have Oatcakes left over from Christmas, so I will use them up.

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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