Basic Vegetable Soup


serves 4
2 tbsp (25 g) 1 oz butter
1 lb (450 g) carrots, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, skinned and sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
2 oz (50 g) lentils
salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 bay leaf
3/8 cup (40 g) plain flour, sieved
450 ml (3/4 pint) milk
4 oz (100 g) English Cheddar cheese, grated croutons to garnish


1. Melt the butter and fry the carrots, onion, potatoes and green pepper until softened.

2. Add 450 ml (3/4 pint) water, lentils, salt, pepper and bay leaf and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Mix the flour with a little of the milk and gradually blend in the rest. Stir well into the soup until it thickens. Simmer for 5 minutes then stir in 75 g (3 oz) cheese.

4. Pour into a serving dish, garnish with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with croutons. Serve immediately.

What did you think?

87 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Vegatable soup
posted by sue @ 04:43PM, 11/12/07
I think this recipe is brilliant. my kids loved it because they thought it was a good way to stay healthy
Vegetable soup
posted by Janet @ 12:07PM, 5/26/08
I love this soup! it's so simple and easy to make!
posted by Jon @ 05:26PM, 9/25/08
Superb soup, right texture, right ingredients - thanks for the recipe!
Lovely soup
posted by Drew @ 03:51PM, 10/04/08
The texture is perfect, the taste is perfect.. jus the presentation can be improved.

Tried adding prawns. made it even tastier!
Vege heaven
posted by luna @ 10:41AM, 10/09/08
Love the soup thanks so much for tthe recipe
Melt in your mouth...
posted by sophia @ 11:57AM, 10/15/08
Thanks for this recipe! i made it for my mum and she really enjoyed it!!!thanks for the recipe!
Pretty good
posted by Karl @ 03:28PM, 10/24/08
Good recipe, very simple to make just a bit sweet I thought, any ideas ho to improve ?
posted by * @ 09:58AM, 11/03/08
Easy and quick to make. Very tasty
posted by cockral @ 03:52AM, 11/05/08
If i added chicken would this meal be nice?
Vegetable Soup
posted by Trevor Kirk @ 11:25AM, 11/22/08
One of the best we have tasted, only we had to use a red pepper instead of green, and we only had three carrots. But it turned out great
Good soup
posted by Poppy @ 11:45AM, 1/01/09
This soup was amazing i loved the texture it wasnt to watery this recipe is so good i have passed it on to some friends
Heart Winter Meal
posted by MS @ 03:03PM, 1/12/09
Made this soup yesterday, added dumplings too. Very hearty and filling, lovely taste and texture, creamy without the cream! Really nice soup.
posted by ba ba @ 04:31AM, 1/14/09
Great soup
Good soup easy
posted by grego @ 07:38AM, 1/14/09
Good old soup like yer gran used to make!good soup always tastes better the next day,it gets thicker and tastier,as they say "you conld stand a spoon in it" good stuff for a fiver!
Great soup
posted by Cesselly/ @ 11:41AM, 1/19/09
Tasted delish i added a few chillies for extra spice, and sugar to make it sweeter, yumyum would defo make again!!
Loved It
posted by Kate @ 11:40PM, 1/22/09
I am in China as a nanny and left my cookbook at home by accident. This recipe is great and I love that I have found so many neat ones online!
Great Soup!
posted by Rosie @ 12:31PM, 3/18/09
Im in New York working in the fashion magazine elle. I am running around all day with the models and chef editor and I just wanted something to warm my belly up! and it did!
Brill Soup
posted by Fraser @ 04:15PM, 7/07/09
Im in scotland and i made this soup today. and it had a great taste. my soup was a we bit thick but overall the soup was fab.
1st timer - Success!
posted by Soup maker virgin! @ 10:00AM, 7/09/09
How easy is this soup! It was my 1st attempt (ever) at making soup and I got it spot on. It's beautiful. I used courgette instead of pepper and it worked a treat. Blended just a bit so still quite chunky. Will definitely make it again!
Tastyyy :)
posted by juice(L) @ 12:14PM, 8/16/09
The soup was reallly yummy :)
a bit sweeet, i probably wounldnt have put cheese in it, and added more vegestables, like mushrooms and leeks :)
over alll it was really nice and dead easy to make :)
Mmmm nice...
posted by Alex @ 04:20PM, 10/25/09
I definitely earned some brownie points with my partner! First time I've ever made soup from scratch so thanks!
Tasty soup!
posted by HannahGrace @ 01:19PM, 10/29/09
This soup is loveley! it has an amazing texture! i made mine with leeks to and it was great! my family tried it then asked me to make them some more!!!
Lovely ....
posted by aimee jenkins @ 06:59AM, 12/03/09
I loved it it was amazing lovely texture
it tasted lush
Absolutely Delicious
posted by Village idiot @ 11:29AM, 12/10/09
Made this today and it is great for a winters day.
posted by Anton @ 01:34PM, 2/22/10
ya dont wanna be grating croutons lol i think they ment grating the cheese lol oh well
Not too good.
posted by Adam @ 07:19AM, 3/12/10
This soup is not the best.
had to make it in food tech and it was a disaster!
Delicious! What's the calorie intake?
posted by Karen @ 03:13AM, 8/10/10
This soup is really delicious - I made it with courgettes and loved it. Does anyone know what the calorie intake is on this? Its so creamy it feels really naughty but can't be that bad?!
posted by alice @ 02:14PM, 3/03/11
Me and my kids loved this, the texture was not to bad but i had to add flavor,i will defintlly make some more later on! i have suggested this to alot of my familly and friends thankyou for putting this on the wall wothhout this recipe i would of had no dinner my kids what just have beans on toast :) ;) xx
posted by mia @ 07:44AM, 4/23/11
I dont know what heat to put the soup on at xxx
posted by Alice @ 01:17PM, 8/11/11
Well I adhered to the recipe [but didn't put cheese in it] but found it kind of bland. I know your answer if I put this would be 'but you didn't put the cheese in it' but I don't think it would have made much difference.

My advice to anyone making this would be To add more herbs [just a simple mixed herb would suffice, but I also added sage], a couple of stock cubes and I even put in some liquid seasoning. ...I also put less carrots in and still found the recipe too carroty but I guess that's just personal preference!

I also blitzed the soup to make it thicker, I'm sure it would be nice without but my brother doesn't like lumps. :P
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