Soup season is definitely upon us, and as much as I love experimenting with new flavours, and different combinations, I always come back to a good old homemade vegetable soup. This is the one I normally stick to but add whatever vegetables you have at hand, they certainly won’t go astray here.

Serves 6-8
1 tablespoon of butter
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, sliced
2 potatoes, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
bunch of celery, chopped
2 litres of vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the butter in a large pot and place over a medium high heat. When butter is melted and foamy, add the onion, potato, and leek. Fry for 2 minutes, then cover and sweat for 8 minutes. Add the stock, carrots, parsnip, celery, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender when you insert a fork. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste and then either serve as a chunky vegetable broth or blitz with a hand blender to form a silky smooth soup.