Sunday soup: Paddington Foodie’s lean mean green vegetable soup

This soup is surprisingly delicious. It’s loaded with veggies, all of them green, and not much else. It has kale, but doesn’t taste like it, and there’s also celery, zucchini and other green things, but it doesn’t taste like any of them either.

The Paddington Foodie, who is the star creator if this soup, said everyone in her house loved it, even the kids, and it filled them all up. Everyone in our house also loved it, even the kids, but we found it was a better first course. We followed it with something with meat, partly to keep the teenager growing and happy.

The surprisingly subtle lean mean green vegetable soup

The surprisingly subtle lean mean green vegetable soup


Paddington Foodie's lean mean green vegetable soup

  • Servings: 2 litres
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 leek
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 zucchini
  • 3 cups of shredded kale
  • 1 cup of green beans
  • 1 cup of green peas
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • pseudo stock: 2 litres of water, 2 bay leaves, dried mushroom (1 large), 1 carrot


  1. Finely slice the onions, leek and fennel, then saute them in coconut oil in a large pot. Mince the garlic and add it to the soup mix. Let it cook through until you can smell cooked garlic.
  2. Finely chop the celery, zucchini and beans. Add them to the pot with the kale and peas. Add in the pseudo stock (the water, bay leaves, mushrooms and a whole carrot) and bring to a simmer until the veggies are almost cooked through (about 20 minutes). Add the parsley and finish it off.
  3. Remove the carrot, dried mushroom and bay leaf (unless you have someone who likes getting all those).
  4. Serve.


There was some Parmesan rind in the original recipe, and a topping of Parmesan to serve, but we didn’t have any when we first made this, and so now we like it just like this!

The dried mushroom is the saffron milkcaps we collected in Our mushrooming adventure of last year. They are quite strong when dried, making them great for vegetable stock, but a bit too strong to eat in a subtly flavoured dish like this.

Source: The Paddington Foodie and her Eat, Fast and Live Longer. A 5-2 Fast Diet Recipe Idea Under 100 Calories. Lean And Mean Green Vegetable Soup. You’ll find all the calorie counts on her website, too.

Lean mean green vegetable soup

Lean mean green vegetable soup


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