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Friendly Feel-Good Soup

March 10, 2016


I am a bit obsessed with this soup at the moment. It has the ability to not only satisfy my hunger, it also makes me feel really good and warm and virtuous and healthy and calm.

It’s pretty much a crunchy hug in a bowl of soup. With extra vitamins and magical powers and things. Like, if soup was your best friend, it would look like this. So colourful, no?!

If you want to try a thing I like. If soup is your jam. If the best-friend soup experience sounds like something you would like to have  – then this is the recipe for you.

Let a meal hug you from within. You will be glad you did.




Friendly Feel-Good Soup

Makes 6 generous serves

First: Put on a pleasing podcast or some nice music for the chopping bit. That’s part of it. It’s an actual ingredient. Truly.

To Add

6 small carrots – sliced finely (peel if you like!)
2 onions – diced as finely as you can manage
3 celery stalks – diced
4 stems of silver beet – chopped as finely as you can manage
200g of mushrooms – the more dark & flavoursome, the better – chopped finely-ish
3 fresh tomatoes – chopped as per above
2 cloves of garlic – whole
1 inch piece of fresh turmeric, sliced into 2 or 3 big bits – or 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 inch pice of ginger, sliced into 3
a pinch of cayenne pepper
salt & freshly ground black pepper

garnish – a few sprigs of seasonal fresh herb/s

Optional: I add 1.5 teaspoons of Vegeta powder OR a Massel vegetable stock cube, but you can leave that out if you don’t like those things, it just won’t taste as full flavoured. (Or you could add your preferred homemade/commercial stock instead of water.)

To Do

Put all ingredients in a large pot – BUT keep half the silver beet aside (and the herbs too!)
Add 2.5 litres of hot water
Simmer for 35 minutes or until all the veggies are softened. Add a bit more water if need be – you want it to be veggies bobbing about in clear-ish, yellow broth – not a thick soup.
Next – Add the rest of the silver beet, some herby sprigs and cracked black pepper.
Season to taste and serve. (Fish out the big hunks of ginger/garlic/turmeric if they end up in a bowl and return to pot to continue infusing!)

ALSO: You could also squeeze a bit of lemon juice in at the end, if that takes your fancy! Or tip in a can of chickpeas or beans if you want to include something more starchy or if there are people in your house that need carbs to ‘make it a meal’.


Tell me if you make this?!

I make it twice a week and it makes me feel really good. Sometimes I even have it for breakfast because I am weird like that. #EffYourBreakfastStandards

Thanks for reading, champs!

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  • Reply Nicole January 17, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Just made this today Pip and it is divine. I know it’s a hot one here in Melbourne but I can’t stop eating it!

  • Reply Louise Akid October 9, 2017 at 11:45 PM

    Wow this soup is amazing, real comfort food. I didn’t have any chard so added shredded cabbage, thank you it is souper!

    • Reply Pip October 10, 2017 at 6:58 AM

      Oh WONDERFUL! I am going to make some today, inspired by your cabbage addition! x

  • Reply Edie July 30, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    It’s cooking!

  • Reply Clare March 30, 2016 at 4:12 AM

    I am making this for dinner tonight with homemade croutons! I had to look up silver beet and was happy to see that it is chard. I have some kale in the fridge so I will chuck that in. I will let you know how we like it.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes March 30, 2016 at 6:15 AM

      I very often make it without silver beet/chard too – it’s still delicious! xx

  • Reply Kate March 12, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    OMG Pip, delish. What more can I say. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes March 12, 2016 at 4:12 PM

      OMG. YAY! I am so glad you liked it. So light and nutritious and clear and clean, right?! But not in a boring way…! Thanks for letting me know! x

      • Reply Kate March 12, 2016 at 5:53 PM

        Yes all of that exactly. It felt like loving my body, like giving myself loving kindness .

  • Reply tanya March 11, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    This looks so good. I might try to make it this weekend 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes March 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM

      Let me know if you do!! I hope you like it! I LOVE it! x

  • Reply Camille March 11, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    This soup is my dream soup! I am going to make some asap! I had a terrible cold last week and its still lingering, I think this soup is just the ticket!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes March 12, 2016 at 8:46 AM

      Feel better soon, Miss Camille! xx

  • Reply Kate March 10, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Thanks for sharing this Pip, I can’t to make it for myself. None of my family will eat it, so I’ll probably have to have it for breakfast to get through it all. lol

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  • Reply Jen March 10, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Soup for breakfast?! Ingenious!! I can just imagine a hearty breakfast soup with barley in it before an autumn garden day. I’m going to try that 🙂

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes March 12, 2016 at 8:47 AM

      Do it! It’s actually really nourishing and energising. I think you will like it! x

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