Ollie’s Vegetable Soup

This is very much Ollie’s soup. He’s been helping make it since he was one. Daisy started school in the September & one of my main memories of that autumn was of Ollie & I making this soup most days for lunch. He’d stand on a big chair & fed carrots etc into the food processor.  He may not be keen on vegetables, but he’ll always gobble up this soup. 

This morning has been another cold, grey January one. We had to run to school to drop off Daisy early so that we could catch the bus for Ollie’s eye test. All quite a rush, and on our way home from town we decided we’d have Ollie soup for lunch to warm & cheer us up. 

Ollie raided the fridge for carrots, onion, garlic, leek & potatoes, while I cleared up cat sick – so nice to come home to! 

This soup is very adaptable but here’s the basic recipe: 


  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 rashers of bacon (optional)
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 stick of celery, sliced
  • 3 big carrots, finely chopped 
  • handful of red dried lentils (non soak)
  • Veg stock cube
  • Boiling water

If we have no lentils in, I add a potato to thicken the soup. 

If not using bacon, I stir in a heaped tsp of marmite at the end. Joni’s tip. Delicious!


Fry the onion for 2 mins. Add the bacon & garlic. Fry for a few more minutes. I cut the bacon up with a pair of scissors. Add the leek & celery & cook again for a few minutes. Add the carrots, hot water & crumbled stock cube. Rinse the lentils & add them. Add a bit more water if needed. Simmer gently for 20mins. Taste & add seasoning if needed. 

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