Ultimate Feisty Soup [VG/V/DF/GF]

Based on my original Feisty Soup recipe, I’ve made myself a batch of this this afternoon to try to combat a very heavy cold. It normally works very well; the chilli blasts the sinuses, the lemon and ginger eases that accompanying stomach ache, the onion and garlic are packed with antioxidants and the carrots and tomatoes deliver a hefty dose of vitamin C… I’d rather have this than Lemsip any day.

Ingredients (Makes 4-6 portions)

1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1cm fresh
1 tbsp lemon juice
200g sliced carrots
800g chopped tomatoes with juice
300ml vegetable stock
Pinch of dried chilli or 1 fresh chilli

Peel and chop the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger and add to a large saucepan with the lemon juice. Cook together on a low heat, stirring frequently to disturb and stop them from sticking.

When the onion has started to soften, add the tomatoes and drained carrots, and pour the stock over the top. Simmer for 10 minutes to combine the flavours and heat through.

Remove from heat, and blend using a hand blender or jug blender.

Serve hot!

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  1. The onion will also help with the wilt, the loss of strength. Ever tried making a toasted fried onion sandwich? Must use butter and sauté the finely sliced onion ever so slowly to caramelise it to lightish colour. Makes the onion so sweet and there is pure luxury in sinking teeth into the toast, onion and unsparing use of cheap salted butter. And the onion hit is strengthening for lungs too as onion contains quercetin. One whole onion per sandwich. Or more!

  2. I have made a batch of root veg soup, made from a small stew pack, parsnip, swede ,carrot + one homegrown in a bag potato + one small onion, veg stock cube and any old herbs, whizzed up and frozen in portions – thought left over bit of ginger would be a welcome addition, especially as the weathe turns autumnal.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Is the ,chicken tonight, only better’ recipe available? Very much appreciate the fresh ideas.
    Best wishes

  3. A soup that you might wish to try:
    Pastina con Vedura
    1 kg. Courgettes
    1 kg. Potatoes (I will admit that I use washed, but unpeeled new but any will do)
    Some oil and butter (any fat in fact)
    2 blocks/tins chopped Tomatoes
    Stock to suit
    Some small pasta shapes

    Slice both Courgettes and Spuds into matchsticks and soften in butter/oil for ten minutes
    Add Tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
    Cool and freeze in 1/4 ltr tubs
    One tub will do a 1/2 ltr of stock
    Bring to boil and add a good handful of pasta, cook until pasta is ready
    Optional add some Parmesan/Strong Cheddar

  4. This recipe reminds me of an Asian style soup that I like to make…

    2 spring onions – sliced
    1 clove garlic – crushed
    1cm piece ginger – chopped
    1 chilli – chopped
    splash of oil
    1 pack stir fry vegetables (any kind)
    1 vegetable stock cube and about a litre of water
    couple of splashes of soy sauce or worcestershire sauce

    Soften the onions, garlic, ginger and chilli in the oil for a couple of minutes until soft.
    Add the stir fry veg pack (chop any large pieces of veg)
    Stir the veg into the oil mixture
    Add the water and stock cube
    Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes
    Add the soy sauce or worcestershire sauce
    Check seasoning, then add salt and pepper if needed (although the sauces are quite salty)
    Serve as it is, or blend until smooth.

    I had this for my lunch today, with a slice of homemade bread and the last little piece of brie from the fridge – delicious!

  5. Mmm, wonderful soup suggestion Jack, I think plenty will be needed now that September is here and the little people are back at the temple of germs.

  6. My version I call ‘cold soup’- it definitely helps with cold or flu symptoms.

    Base is sauteed onions, add tomato sauce or even condensed tomato soup, 5 cups water, chunked green pepper, pinch of ginger, simmer and when the onions and green peppers are soft stop cooking- add as much crushed garlic to taste, a large can of evaporated milk, and a quarter tablespoon of cayenne pepper.

    For a calmer soup put the cayenne in earlier for cooking. Or add more evaporated milk.

  7. Will definitely be trying this – not only does it sound lovely, but I noticed a whole lot of sneezing around me yesterday. Might help ward off the dreaded colds.

  8. Making this right now. No tinned toms so used a carton of Tesco Everyday passatta and a bit of extra stock. Forgot to cook carrots first, but hey…it all blends at the end I guess. Also added 2 very small peppers that needed using. 🙂

  9. Made this soup last night. I was a little heavy-handed with the chilli(I used dried chilli flakes) so it was a bit too hot and spicy. However, it was extremely tasty and we will have the second half of the soup this evening. Next time I will use less chilli flakes! Makes a nutritious and quick meal with an accompanying bowl of mixed salad. I was using up salad veg from the fridge.

  10. The nicest soup I’ve ever made! Genius Jack, thank you 🙂 I snuck some sweet potatoes in but other than that followed the recipe. Had it with some croutons I made with some old crusts. Really filling and super tasty. Love your blog, your passion and your recipes. Keep sharing 🙂

  11. Just made this in my lunch hour, had no carrots tho so bunged in an ancient tin of butter beans and a few bits of frozen sweetcorn…yum, and goodbye cold :o)

  12. I made this today, but also added some red lentils and a little chorizo as there was some in the fridge-delish! Definitely making this again!!

  13. Mae this yesterday, added a couple of extra carrots (fresh) and a couple of potatoes (peeled and chopped) to thicken, really lovely, a firm favorite now. Thanks

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