Soups & Bowl Food

If you’ve got any leftover roast chicken, this dish makes a great leftover lunch. Using stock-standard ingredients like frozen peas, onion, garlic and carrot, this is a recipe for lazy days when you don’t want to leave the house. If you’re not a dill fan, swap for parsley or chervil. You can also swap frozen peas for broad beans....

The warm, spiced notes of star anise make an aromatic broth for this mushroom soup. Add green veg straight from the freezer, anything goes! Use any variety of mushroom you can find - I particularly love oyster and shiitake. I use 100% buckwheat soba noodles which are now stocked in most shops....

I love soup! It doesn’t matter what’s in it, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of warm, hearty soup. Bulked up with chickpeas and flavoured with thyme and parsley, this herbaceous soup is great for between the seasons. If you can’t find pomegranate, you can easily skip this ingredient. For added sweetness, you can also roughly chop some...

Any vegetable can be used in this hearty soup so let your local grocer or, better yet, local farmers’ market, be your guide. Generally go for vegetables that are in abundance (which usually means they’re cheaper, too). In the summer, swap in courgettes, fennel, fresh peas and broad peas instead of these root vegetables but, just bear in mind, most...

This recipe is inspired by the flavours of sopa de quinoa which is a traditional South American quinoa stew. However, my version has more of a risotto consistency but if you’d prefer a soupier version, add another 300 - 500ml of stock or broth. Use any greens you have, I like to keep spinach in the freezer so that I’ve...

Keep frozen spinach, peas and broccoli in the freezer and tins of beans in the cupboard and this recipe will be ready to go when you get home late from work. Feta (in oil) keeps well for up to 3 months in the fridge and always livens up a dish, as it does here. For zero waste, don’t throw away...

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