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Spicy Vegetable Soup

A fantastic vegetable soup that uses warming spices, including cumin and adding chickpeas gives it real depth

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  • Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 2 parsnips peeled and diced
  • 150g swede, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 75g dried apricots
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp Sumac
  • ½tsp turmeric
  • ¼tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Preparation

This spicy vegetable soup is a great belly-warmer on a cold day, but it’s not too heavy to enjoy as a summer soup, either. The base of the soup comes from classics such as celery, swede and carrots. The exciting unusual ingredient of the soup is dried apricots together with the spices, such as chilli flakes, turmeric and cumin. Blend them all together and you’ve got yourself a delicious spicy vegetarian soup that is suitable for vegans, too. Looking for more ideas? We have plenty of other soup recipes for you to try, suitable for all occasions.

HOW TO MAKE SPICY VEGETABLE SOUP

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion until softened, about 5 minutes
  2. Add all the remaining diced vegetables and cook over a low heat for another 5 minutes until lightly browned
  3. Add the apricots and spices and fry for 1 minute then pour on the vegetable stock and bring up to the boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender
  4. Purée the mixture in a blender until finely chopped and a nice thick consistency, then season to taste and stir in the lime juice and herbs just before serving.