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Vegetable soup for Winter

Posted on May 6, 2008 by in soups

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Finally it is here……winter in Cape Town and I am a happy puppy. I just LOVE winter……the rain, the wind howling, the log fires, the warm coats, but most of all I am a comfort- food- kinda -girl. I just adore soups. stews, slow roasting dishes and…and……. So when the weatherman’s forecast was rain, I rolled out the veggies for a hearty soup. There are so many recipes for soup out there, but for me this soup is “home cooking” at it’s best. My gran and my mom used to cook soup like this and with just a slice of sourdough bread, this is a bumper meal.
Basically you can use any kind of veggies that you have available, but try not to use cabbage, cauliflower or brocolli, because the taste is just too overpowering. But here is what I did. By the way, this was 2 huge pots of soup, I had visitors, but you can freeze the soup in small quantities and have supper ready in no time…

Vegetable Soup

2 x 500gr split peas
1 kg marrow bones
6 large potatoes – grated
2 kg carrots -grated
1 big bunch of leeks -chopped
fresh herbs of your choice – I used soup celery and parsley.
1 small tins tomato paste
6 tomatoes, peeled and chopped.

Soak peas overnight in cold water and rinse the next morning.
Cook peas and marrow bones in lots of water until peas are soft. Do not add salt at this stage, as it will prevent the peas from softening up. Now add all the veggies and slow cook until done and all the marrow has fallen out the bones. Remove the bones and liquidize the soup.(if you prefer a chunkier soup, leave out this last step. Now start seasoning your soup by adding salt, lemon zest. lemon juice, pepper – anything you fancy.Let your taste buds guide you.

A few things to remember:
1. The dried peas burn very quickly so stir often and keep the heat low.
2. If the soup burns at the bottom, pour into a new pot otherwise your whole pot will taste burny.
3. I do not add stock, because the marrow bones provide more than enough flavor.
4. If the idea of the marrow bones freaks you out, use shin or just vegetable stock.

I served the soup with crumbled feta, chopped baby tomatoes and some green peppercorns just for texture and crunch.

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25 Responses to “Vegetable soup for Winter”

  1. Dhanggit 6 May 2008 at 11:21 am #

    oh my goodness!! the first photo is most goodlooking soup i’ve ever seen!! must be heaven-like delicious!!

  2. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 6 May 2008 at 11:32 am #

    dhanggit – it is so rich…..and delicious, yes. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Peter G 6 May 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Such a hearty and warming soup for winter…love the use of the marrow bones for flavour Nina.

  4. Maryann 6 May 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    I love your photos, Nina!
    Winter is my favorite season. Unfortunately, summer is nearing here in NY. That means hot and humid..yuck!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums 6 May 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    That soup looks delicious! I love your gorgeous pictures!



  6. Peter M 6 May 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    Sorry Nina, I do not share the same enthusiasm you have for winter but I would gladly still have a bowl of your soup!

  7. mimi 6 May 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    thanks for visiting my blog! this soup looks like a lovely welcome to winter, so bright with the tomatoes on top.

  8. Ben 6 May 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    I love winter, too. I love when the days are short and dark and the world seems to go to a long, deep sleep. Unfortunately in this part of the world that just happened and we are waiting for the long, hot and humid summer. I wish I could live in winterland :-p

    That soup looks just delicious!

  9. Proud Italian Cook 6 May 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    You are a master with your camera! Your soup looks amazing!

  10. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen 6 May 2008 at 6:19 pm #

    Looks GREAT Nina! If it was winter here, I would be diving in – oh, wait, that’s right, I CAN’T because it is a photo – but that is how beautiful your photo is! 🙂

  11. That Girl 6 May 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    I had never had pea soup before, but like any good cook knew I could make it better than anyone else, so I tried it a couple weeks ago and I’m hooked. This looks like a fantastic twist – and I adore the capers on top!

  12. Helene 6 May 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Look at this, great looking soup. I did not know it was winter in your country.

  13. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 6 May 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    peter g – it does give a fantastic flavor…

    maryann – Oh no, I had enough of summer for now…

    rosa – thank you and please come again

    peter m – I am sure if I had to dig a walkway through snow, I would feel differently about winter too.

    mimi – you’re welcome and you will see that I love tomatoes..

    ben – yea, I love the hibernating in winter..

    proud Italian cook – I really am just trying, but thanks for the compliment.

    jenn – thank you, coming from the queen herself, I take it as a huge compliment.

    that girl – I am glad you tried,what was your twist on the classic recipe?

    helene – winter is only starting now and runs through to end of August.

  14. farida 6 May 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    This looks like a very delicious soup! Ohh, I am getting hungry here. I love your pictures. They are so professional!

  15. glamah16 6 May 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Its so weird how our seasons flip. Thats the most appetizing split peas soup I have ever seen.

  16. Dwiana P 6 May 2008 at 11:43 pm #

    I don’t mind taste this beautiful and yummy soup! look very good indeed! But about winter? ah ha… I am not looking forward for that. we just have a long winter and I think it is enough for me. I only love winter during Christmas:)

  17. taste memory 7 May 2008 at 2:36 am #

    so you think if bone marrow freaks me out that going for the shin is a bit more comforting?

    Just kidding ~ pea soup definitely needs that smokey bone thing going. I like the fact that you used grated potatoes + carrots to add creaminess rather than heavy cream. This looks simple + yum!

  18. Arfi Binsted 7 May 2008 at 2:45 am #

    that will be good for our chilly night here in new zealand!! looks healthy and the drizzle of oil on the soup clearly noticed. great photo, nina!

  19. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 7 May 2008 at 4:59 am #

    farida – I wish I was more of a professional, I have big issues with light.

    glamah – that is what makes God’s creation so amazing.

    dwiana – A white Christmas must be the most beautiful thing ever seen – I have never experienced one.

    taste memory – Thanks, I must say the blending also adds to the creamy texture. You can leave the meat out altogether – if I am in a hurry, I only use veggie stock.

    afri binsted – glad you noticed the oil, I will drizzle it over ice-cream if I could….just love the stuff.

  20. Jeanne 13 May 2008 at 1:07 am #

    Oh that looks delicious! Always feels weird that as you guys are just getting to soup season, we are starting to braai again… Still have a few leftover soup recipes left to post though, and in our house Sunday night is always soup night whatever the weather!!

  21. Pamela Orange 22 November 2019 at 9:41 am #

    I made this soup and couldn’t be more satisfied by the results!!! Everyone in my family who ate it opined in how delicious, healthy and desirable this soup is!! I’m a fan of all your recipes!

    • nerinatimm 12 December 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank you for trying the recipe and giving me feedback, I do appreciate it!

  22. Kelsey 7 April 2020 at 11:59 am #

    Excellent soup dill is a welcome flavor – we make it every year!!

    • nerinatimm 8 May 2020 at 5:56 am #

      Thank you for the visit and the idea about the dill, will most definitely try it.


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