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Odds and sods winter vegetable soup

This is a great clearing out the fridge recipe. If I have fresh made stock, great. If not, I use a stock cube and don't feel bad about it.
  • quarter of onion (red or white, depending on what is in the fridge) sliced
  • selection of seasonal vegetables, diced small, particularly if they are rather bendy and sad looking
  • 1 small potato, diced small
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • gravy from a roast meal if you have any
  • about a pint of vegetable or meat stock, give or take
  • seasoning 
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • left over veg that happens to be in the fridge, cooked or uncooked
  • left over pasta or rice that happens to be in the fridge
  • fresh herbs finely chopped
  1. In a little olive oil, gently fry the onion until golden.  Brown slightly.
  2. Add all the other raw vegetables  and garlic and stir.
  3. Add the gravy if using and then the stock so the vegetables are covered.  Season and add the dried herbs.
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender, but not overcooked. 
  5. When you are ready to eat, make sure it is hot and then add any left over cooked vegetables and any cooked pasta/rice etc. and heat through. Make sure it is all cooked thoroughly then serve with fresh herbs to garnish.