Spring Vegetable and Herb Broth Recipe

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 Updated 20/01/2016

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I'm a huge fan of soups. They are easy to make, relatively healthy and the varieties you can make are virtually endless. And it seems that this year the 'souping' craze is set to take off, so many more people will be enjoying the benefits of soup.

This recipe for spring vegetable broth was literally made from ingredients I had left over from the weekend. I've also had some success with growing flatleaf parsley in the garden so thought it would make an ideal addition to this soup.

If you want to change the type of vegetables used in this recipe then go for it but this particular combination does seem to work well. Cut out the butter if you want to reduce the calories or fat - just use a spray oil.


  • 1 large onion
  • 8oz courgettes
  • 8oz carrots
  • 8oz green beans
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 pints chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Peel and chop the onion finely and in a saucepan melt the butter on a low heat.
  2. Peel and cut the carrots into sticks and chop the green beans and courgettes into bitesize pieces.
  3. When the butter has melted add the onion and cook gently until the onion has softened (see picture 1).
  4. Next add the green beans and carrot sticks (see picture 2), stir well and cover the saucepan with its lid.
  5. Leave the lid on for five minutes and continue cooking gently allowing the vegetables to become soft.
  6. After five minutes, remove the lid and add the courgettes and parsley(see picture 3).
  7. Add the stock (see picture 4), stir well and bring to the boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes to get maximum flavour.
  9. Remove the soup from the heat, add salt and pepper to season and it is ready to serve. Enjoy!
fry the onion in the butter until softened add the carrots and green beans add the parsley and courgettes add the stock and bring to the boil

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 - 4 portions


Hi George,

you might like to try some coriander or a bit of chervil or dill. It really depends on what type of herbs you do like. Of course you could just omit herbs altogether if you prefer.
#2 - james - 06/06/2011 - 13:48
I don't like parsley. What other herbs would you recommend using?
#1 - george - 05/19/2011 - 19:30
wow - love this soup recipe. It tastes so fresh and its really light. Reminds me a little bit of soup I had in Thailand a few years back. Recommend to all!!!
#0 - peter - 05/19/2011 - 19:20
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