Waiting for Pay Day Soup


We’ve all been there, it’s got a week until pay day you have £0.18 left in your bank account, a couple of pennies at the bottom of your bag and all you want is something decent- not just pasta with a can of tomatoes chucked on top. I had a few random veggies left in my fridge which really needed eating so I decided to make a soup. The measurements and the variety of vegetables are a little odd (lots of green pepper- always the last thing to be eaten) but you can use whatever you have left in the fridge! It’s the whole point of this soup!


  • 1 potato
  • 2 green peppers
  • ½ a carrot
  • 1 can on tomatoes
  • 1 can of cannellini beans
  • 1 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 mug of vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A sprinkle of mixed dried herbs
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 3 tsp of flaked chilli


  1. Chop the onions, garlic and celery into small chunks and sauté in some olive oil and salt.
  2. While they are softening, chop the rest of the vegetables into similar sized chunks and add them to the pan to sauté a little more. (apart from the tin of tomatoes and beans.)
  3. After about 3 minuets, add the spices and cover the veggies in stock and a can of tomatoes.
  4. Leave to simmer for around 15 minuets or until it has reduced but 1/3.
  5. Now, rinse the can of beans under some cold water. This step is really important- the brine that they are kept in can make you a bit gassy if you do not wash it off!
  6. Add to the soup and then transfer half to your blender. With mixed veggie soups I like to leave some chunky bits- but you can blend the whole thing if you want!
  7. Now mix everything back together and serve with a crusty white roll and some avocado.


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