As the weather is closing in, in fact it’s looking pretty miserable this weekend, whip up a healthy and delicious Rustic Vegetable Soup for the family after a soggy walk in the rain…

Kim’s Rustic Vegetable Soup – a good hearty dish to warm the cockles….


1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
50g dried red lentils
1½ l boiling vegetable bouillon
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 leek, finely sliced
175g bite-sized cauliflower florets
1 courgette, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ large Savoy cabbage stalks removed and leaves chopped
1 tbsp basil, chopped


Heat the oil in a large pan with a lid. Add the onion, carrots and celery and fry for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time until they are starting to colour a little around the edges. Stir in the lentils and cook for 1 min more.

Pour in the hot bouillon, add the tomato purée and thyme and stir well. Add the leek, cauliflower, courgette, and garlic, bring to the boil, then cover and leave to simmer for 15 mins.

Add the cabbage and basil and cook for 5 mins more until the vegetables are just tender. Season with pepper, ladle into bowls and serve. This will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.