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Vegetable soup

It is sometimes getting harder to get bargains nowadays but when you do its a bonus.These soup packs are sold in most supermarkets for 80p-£1 depending on the content. They are also easy to pick up from the reduced section at a fraction of the cost. The problem is they tend to break down pretty quick so if your not going to use it right away throw it in the freezer to use at a later date. But this recipe will give you an idea how to bulk it out a bit so it doesn't get wasted.This pack ( carrot,swede,potato) was reduced to 10p-I added a few extra ingredients to bulk it out a bit and had a filling lunch in no time. I added some porridge oats- (to thicken it) and some milk- (to make it creamy without the calories) - this also combats the vinegar taste these pack have at times. I adjusted the cooking time also as the packet said 15mns but the veg was still hard so needed longer -45 mns appr. I got 4 portions from this and it was delicious and filling. If you wanted to make this vegetarian then omit the bacon and use veg stock in place of chicken. This is an easy one to adapt to you and your families tastes so why not give this a try and let us know how you got on in the comments below. We love to hear your feedback x

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time50 mins

 1 pkt of Vegetable soup mix-(carrot, turnip,onion,potato)
 1 L of chicken stock
 40 g Porridge oats-2 hanfuls appr.
 100 ml Milk
 50 g Baby Spinach-2 handfuls appr.
 2 pinches Pepper
 1 rasher of cooked bacon(optional)

1

Empty the contents of the vegetable pack into a saucepan.

2

Add 1 L of stock.

3

Add the porridge oats.

4

Add the pepper and stir everything together.

5

Place the lid on and heat till it comes to a rolling boil then reduce the heat till it's simmering (gentle bubbles)

6

Simmer for 40mns

7

Once cooked and the veg is soft, add the Spinach and milk

8

Continue to cook for another 5mns

9

Taste and season with more pepper if needed

10

Divide into bowls, garnish with chopped bacon and serve hot with crusty bread.

11

Easy swaps:-
Chicken stock for Veg stock.
Porridge for Lentils.
Milk for cream.
Spinach for parsley.
Bacon for cooked gammon
Pepper for chilli flakes.

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Ingredients

 1 pkt of Vegetable soup mix-(carrot, turnip,onion,potato)
 1 L of chicken stock
 40 g Porridge oats-2 hanfuls appr.
 100 ml Milk
 50 g Baby Spinach-2 handfuls appr.
 2 pinches Pepper
 1 rasher of cooked bacon(optional)

Directions

1

Empty the contents of the vegetable pack into a saucepan.

2

Add 1 L of stock.

3

Add the porridge oats.

4

Add the pepper and stir everything together.

5

Place the lid on and heat till it comes to a rolling boil then reduce the heat till it's simmering (gentle bubbles)

6

Simmer for 40mns

7

Once cooked and the veg is soft, add the Spinach and milk

8

Continue to cook for another 5mns

9

Taste and season with more pepper if needed

10

Divide into bowls, garnish with chopped bacon and serve hot with crusty bread.

11

Easy swaps:-
Chicken stock for Veg stock.
Porridge for Lentils.
Milk for cream.
Spinach for parsley.
Bacon for cooked gammon
Pepper for chilli flakes.

Vegetable soup

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