Spring seemed to arrive just as we set out the table for the year’s first Soup Saturday!
Many thanks to all our existing customers and supporters for popping by to say hello, to the team who prepared the soup and bread for samples and to our community engagement volunteers spent the morning chatting to passers-by. Read more
This is a great recipe to have when it seems like you have nothing to eat and no time to shop. Make sure to always have a bag of red lentils in the cupboard and you’ll be able to pull this bright, warming soup together any day of the week.
Get your hands on as wide a variety of mushrooms as possible for this warming soup.
At this time of year, Dig In has delicious earthy chestnut and closed-cup mushrooms in stock, and magnificently meaty portobellos. Dried mushrooms are also a great way of deepening the flavour. You can pick up a packet of dried oyster mushrooms in the shop that work fantastically here, though dried porcini and wild mushrooms will work well if you have them to hand. Read more
This soup is loosely based on the Moroccan harira soup, traditionally served during Ramadan. It’s a great recipe for finally using up some of those tins and packages that have been sitting in your cupboard for ages – or for when you find you have no fresh vegetables in the house – at a pinch, even the onion, carrot and celery could be replaced with a teaspoon of bouillon.
The soup is thickened by the blended vegetables and chickpeas, creating a rich and hearty broth. It’s a neat trick – one I’m sure you’ll use again. Read more
This bright red soup is popular around Eastern Europe, and is an excellent way to use up beets of any kind. This version uses tinned tomatoes but you can also make it with shredded red cabbage and grated carrot, depending on what you have to use up. You can also swap the butter for vegetable oil, and use unsweetened dairy-free yoghurt to make a vegan version.
Adapted by Chelsea from A Soup for Every Day, New Covent Garden Food Co. Serves 4