Making soup

@Anne18 (11029)
December 29, 2011 10:18am CST
I've found this brill recipe for creamy broccoli soup and hopefully I will be able to use my broccoli up that sits in the bottom of the fridge! I need 300g broccoli and it says 250g spinach! You know what I am going to say .... I have no spinach, what other vegetable could I use instead to make it taste yummy, or could I just use more broccoli? Advice please...... I have sprouts and carrots in the fridge, potatoes in cupboard. Any ideas please? Or should I go and buy spinach?? Which I don't really want to do! Thanks a lot.
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@p1kef1sh (45681)
29 Dec 11
Stilton? Broccoli and stilton soup is yummy. I know that it's not a veg though. Sprouts might work if you boil them well and then bash them a bit.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
29 Dec 11
Cor, love a bit of stilton p1kef1sh!!
@p1kef1sh (45681)
29 Dec 11
Me too! Yum Yum.
@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
Not into stilton, but a very good idea for other mylotters to try Sprounts... some people are for them and others not for them. Could do sprout and potato soup for the freezer
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@Humbug25 (12540)
29 Dec 11
Hey Anne18 All I can tell you is how I make my soup! haha I put all the veggies I can find that are left over and stick them in a saucepan with enough water to cover them. I then add a couple of veggie stock cubes and a few pinches of mixed herbs. Boil it all up till all the veggies are soft and then wait for it to cool a bit before I set the handblender to work. I add salt and pepper to taste and then throw in chopped chicken (or rather turkey, in this case). You must add potatoes to make a lovely thick 'farmhouse' type soup. If you prefer it thinner then add water until you get it to the consistancey you like or don't blend it! Hope this helps!
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@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
I have tried putting many veggies in a pan and then blending, but it always comes out a mucky brown colour and doesn't taste that nice Potoatos are good ot add I agree.. cheap and cheerful as well
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@Humbug25 (12540)
10 Feb 12
Yes it will go a mucky brown colour but then I tend to have more carrots than anything so my soup turns out more orangey than anything and it tends to be a bit sweeter too.
@Anne18 (11029)
10 Feb 12
I have done a lovley leek and potato soup today for the weeknd, used all the tops of the leeks so didn't waste any of the leeks
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
30 Dec 11
If it wasn't winter, I'd tell you to just go out and pick weeds. Lamb's Quarters, pig weed, or amaranth supposedly are all good. I hate cooked greens so I wouldn't know. I know I love lamb's quarters fresh. Amaranth seeds add lots to cooking. If you lived near me, I would suggest going out and tasting Canadian pine needles, blue spruce needles, or black spruce needles if you lived in the Adirondacks to see if you liked any of those for soup. The first two are more valley trees although they can be in the mountains. You wouldn't need very much of either, they're strong like rosemary, but have a different distinctive taste all their own. Like I said, I hate cooking greens plus I don't know what you have in your kitchen. Swiss chard is popular amoung some cooks. Precooked/crisped bacon is always a hit with me. The bacon with canned clams or shrimp or anything go good with potatoes. I would put corn in, creamed if you want a closer consistancy, regular corn if you like the taste or if creamed seemed slimy to you. Let us know what you come up with.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
3 Feb 12
Don't forget to wear your gloves and put them in a nice bag. Have the pot ready so you stuff them in. I've never had stinging nettle soup. Have had it in hair stuff and unfortunately they put some wicked perfume in with it that made me sick to my stomach just to smell it. Enjoy your soups!
@Anne18 (11029)
6 Feb 12
Soups are wicked and so filling and wholesome and good for you
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
Thank you for all the advice. I think when it gets warmer I shall go and look for some stinging nettles as that is meant ot be a free tasty soup Stone soup is nice as well!!!!!
@celticeagle (156265)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 11
You should go and buy spinach.
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@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
Now I ask myself... that I just knew that you would say that!! Any other advice you can give me on this discussion?
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@telmesh (1793)
30 Dec 11
Just to add my two pen'th, to make it different than just an ordinary veg soup. GET THE SPINACH. It will add the spinach taste of coarse and give it that lovely green colour. I know it goes against the grain to buy something when the idea is to use up what's left over. Hey you could end up with muscles like Popeye. Lets know how it turned out and I don't want to hear muddy brown again, it made me feel ill.
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
Muddy brown soup has all gone, all nice coloured soups now
@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
31 Dec 11
I would say...close enough. Maybe you could add some potatoes or something. Some of the best soups I have had have been the ones that were improvised. Be creative..lol.
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@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
I do like to be creative, thats why my soup was coming out muddy brown, I was being far too creative!!
• India
30 Dec 11
hey, their are many ways to making soups and i too fond of different varities and tastes of soup i personally life the soup with garlic flavour in it. i have made the soup so many times, and if you are laking some of the major ingradients for making soup then apart from adding those thing you should have to try green vegetables, like spanich , that make you soup healty and tasty and try boiled food its is rish of vitamins.
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
Thank you for all your help, Lots of good advice on this discussion, hope it helps someone to make soup for the first time
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@Anne18 (11029)
6 Feb 12
Thats good, we had a lovley veggie soup last night made from the left over veggies
• India
3 Feb 12
it does... thanks
@deebomb (15307)
• United States
30 Dec 11
Hello Anne/ By now you have probably already made your soup. But I want to put in my two cents worth any way. I usually use this type of recipe as a guide line and change them to fit my circumstances. If I don't have one ingredient I will substitute another. Since broccoli and brussel s[routs are in the same family I would use them along with the other vegetables you mentioned. The thing about soups and stews that I find amazing is the no matter how hard you try to keep them with in reason of servings they just seem to grow and grow until you have enough for an army.
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
Soup was made by the time I read this, but it doesn't matter as we can all use advice for things even after we have done the thing as we can use it second time round
@ShepherdSpy (8544)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 Dec 11
I don't see why a Broccoli soup has to have spinach in it,though I do like spinach too..I'd suggest that you just go with what you have available in the cupboard to use those items up,rather than go out shopping for more so as to stick precisely to someone else's interpretation..A recipe is simply a list of ingredients someone put together..you can experiment with your own ingredients and see how that goes and maybe come up with an improvement!
@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
Thank you so much for your imput on this discussion of mine
@BarBaraPrz (44955)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Dec 11
I'd make it without the spinach, but then, of course, I never follow recipes anyway.
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@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
I don't always follow recipes either, but have made some awful soup lately by putting too many different veg in pan, has looked awful as well, so wanted ot od it proper so to speak and then start messing around with it
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@drannhh (15219)
• United States
11 Jan 12
I don't think you need spinach for that soup. Well, I put cheese in mine. I love broccoli cheese soup. My secret ingredient is mustard, but just a little tiny bit. I use cheddar but also some cream cheese. If you have cooked carrots you could slice a few and put in near the end, but I would not cream the carrots in the broccoli soup because that could change the color from green to brown. You could do the same thing with the potatoes. I tried pureeing some potatoes in with the broccoli once and did not like the result, but a few diced cooked potatoes go well if put in toward the end. Mmmmm. U R making me hungry!
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
Not into putting cheese in my soups, but have used many other veggies and have learnt not ot make it muddy brown
• United States
30 Dec 11
I love broccoli and cheese soup! My mouth waters just thinking about it. Not sure if you can substitute for the spinach but I don't see why not! How did the soup ccme out? Yummy I hope.
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@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
It was yummy, thank you
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
30 Dec 11
I have a cream of broccoli soup at that link I sent you. I take and put carrots in it while the broccoli is cooking. I boil potatoes in a separate kettle and then add them to the soup when they are tender. I don't put spinach in mine. Not sure about the sprouts. If they don't take long to cook, I would throw them in last and only cook for a few minutes.
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@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
Soup was yummy, missed the sprouts out from what I reember
• Philippines
30 Dec 11
Hi Anne18. Do you know how to cook beef brocolli? It is quite easy. What you need are onions, garlic, beef meat, brocolli and oyster sauce. Saute the garlic and onion on oil. When cooked, include the broiled beef meet cut in pieces. Add the brocolli then add the oyster sauce. Add a dash of pepper and add a glass of water. Simmer until water is thick. Taste it and you'll love it. To get a more detailed recipe, just search for beef brocolli. Have a great day!
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@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
That sounds like a lovley recipe Anyone tried it yet?
• India
29 Dec 11
you should have to put all the green vegetable into it and do not forget only smooth vegetables.
@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
Thank you ofr the advice. Lots of very good advice on soup here. Many thank yous
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
lol
• India
30 Dec 11
accepted
@TheCatLady (4691)
• Israel
29 Dec 11
I'd just make it without the spinach. Any combination of veggies if fine in soups. I throw in whatever I have on hand and it's good but different every time.
@Anne18 (11029)
29 Dec 11
Thanks so much for the advice
@joni1215 (394)
• United States
31 Dec 11
Carrots and celery are always good in soup.
@Anne18 (11029)
2 Feb 12
I agree with you