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My soup was horrible.

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grapefruitpip Wed 02-Oct-19 09:05:57

I have always made soup....Scottish and all that. I made my usual leek and potato, sweated down the vegetables, added a stock cube and blitzed, leaving some texture. It looks and tastes unpleasant.

Can I revive it? Do you have any recipes for soup please?

Teetime Wed 02-Oct-19 09:10:57

I do whatever vegetables are at hand for my soup. sweat off an onion ( careful not to burn or it will taint the soup) then add the chopped hard veg (carrots, squash) then when they are softened add chopped leeks, celery and potato if not using pearl barley or other grains. I throw in some herbs, coriander sometimes fennel seeds or cumin then vegetable or chicken stock. Season well after blitzing with the stick blender , throw in any left over chicken if there is any. Tastes different every time depending on veg used.

kircubbin2000 Wed 02-Oct-19 09:12:33

Onion, carrot star anise.

Bathsheba Wed 02-Oct-19 09:19:29

If you've always made soup, I'm not sure I understand why you're now asking for recipes after just one failed batch?

I always make soup, usually, like Teetime, using whatever veg is to hand. Occasionally (rarely) I have a poor result, but put that down to experience and move on. One of my favourites is lentil soup, made with green or brown lentils, often with bacon pieces.

Daisymae Wed 02-Oct-19 09:34:17

I would guess that there is something wrong with the stock cube. Tainted in some way. Bin it and start again. Check out the pack too.

LondonGranny Wed 02-Oct-19 09:41:21

I don't know why your soup failed. Could be the stock cubes (easily tested, bung one in a cup of boiling water and smell & taste), but I have had horrible spuds at a friend's. She'd kept the raw spuds in the fridge and that alters the taste and starch structure. Also leeks that aren't cooked enough can be a bit unpleasant.

Maggiemaybe Wed 02-Oct-19 09:47:57

It does sound like a stock failure if it’s your usual recipe.

I make loads of soup from the allotment surplus and whatever’s in the fridge. I’ve been known to throw a few olives in or half a jar of pesto if they need using. grin

It mainly ends up in the freezer and occasionally it turns out to be a real triumph. Shame I can never repeat it as I can’t remember what I put in that stuff I labelled “green soup”.

Maggiemaybe Wed 02-Oct-19 10:00:23

My firm favourite is just tomatoes and onions roasted in the oven with garlic, a little balsamic, pepper and olive oil. In the soup maker with lots of basil and stock (I like Marigold). Delicious, but sadly the tomato glut’s well behind us now.

Peppers instead of tomatoes make another lovely summer soup.

silverlining48 Wed 02-Oct-19 10:06:20

Red lentils which don’t need rinsing, with potatoes, carrots parsnips tin of chopped toms, oxo cube, anything else on the turn into a large pot.add water.
Cook and stir to stop burning for about half hour/4o mins til the potato, parsnip and lentils thicken it all. Add anything else you want. Voila! Always works. Easy to freeze or eat with crusty bread. Enjoy.

MiniMoon Wed 02-Oct-19 10:30:45

Are your stock cubes the lower salt variety? I sometimes have to add another one, or half a cube to my soup to get more flavour.

I have stopped putting onions or garlic in soups and stews as they give me heartburn.
I use the tip of a teaspoon of asafoetida instead, to give the savoury onion flavour.

Elegran Wed 02-Oct-19 10:33:41

Did you over-blitz it? If there were potatoes in it, that would turn it into a wallpaper paste consistency. Yukky.

shysal Wed 02-Oct-19 11:11:20

I always use Knorr Stock Pots for soups, they are more flavoursome. They are quite salty so watch your seasoning.
Good luck with the next batch.

pamdixon Wed 02-Oct-19 11:23:16

if my home made soup is a bit tasteless, I add a packet of soup to it (appropriate flavour obviously!) and loads of seasoning, and that seems to do the trick.

LondonGranny Wed 02-Oct-19 11:27:26

I think Elegran may have cracked the mystery. Never done that myself but I just googled.

Anthea1948 Wed 02-Oct-19 11:30:41

I make leek and potato soup regularly and find it differs greatly each time, especially if I use a different stock to the one I'm used to. I can only suggest adding pepper and more onions/lleeks to give it a bit more flavour. But I like the idea of adding a packet of soup - although that may go against the grain, I guess.

Greengage Wed 02-Oct-19 11:31:13

Stir in a spoonful of curry paste. That should make it palatable!

PernillaVanilla Wed 02-Oct-19 11:33:46

A tablespoon of ginger wine is a good addition to leek and potato soup (vegan society recipe)

grandMattie Wed 02-Oct-19 11:47:08

Too much green from the leek can make food very bitter. I suspect that was the culprit. I make soup with whatever I have at hand. Sometimes I make special soup with sweetcorn!

janeainsworth Wed 02-Oct-19 11:54:13

Tastes unpleasant in what way gpip?

Did you simmer the vegetables too long?

I always add an appreciable quantity of cream to soup.

As well as improving the flavour, you get the added frisson of adding an ingredient that the food police disapprove of. grin

jaylucy Wed 02-Oct-19 12:06:57

Leek and potato can be quite bland. I always sling in some dried, mixed herbs and don't forget a bit of salt.
My favourite soup is vegetable, with whatever veg you have, even frozen, a chicken or beef stock cube, herbs, and even put in pearl barley or lentils if I have them. It often tastes better the day after!

Nannan2 Wed 02-Oct-19 12:13:35

As Teetime pointed,could be the onion has tainted it if its overcooked.

Fennel Wed 02-Oct-19 12:15:48

I'm not a fan of leek and potatosoup - a good filler but too bland as someone else said.
An easy recipe is a tin of tomatoes, a tin of butter beans, a few lemon slices, a little water. And a chopped onion, sweated in some oil.
Heat well and blitz.
While on the subject, I have a butternut squash which I would like to make into soup. But it's so hard to cut up.
Where do I start?

Fennel Wed 02-Oct-19 12:17:04

ps for the tomato/bean soup - take the lemon out before blitzing.

grapefruitpip Wed 02-Oct-19 12:19:07

Wow thanks for your lovely ideas. And jane, you have managed to throw a frisson into the mix.

Bathsheba? out of bed the wrong side this fine morning?

I think I was grumpy which influenced the result and I had stored the spuds in the fridge. I will check the stock cube.

Oh, how I love a good soup in the winter.

grapefruitpip Wed 02-Oct-19 12:21:02

squash, cut sideways, if that makes sense, roast in oil with cumin seeds....makes a great soup. You can toast the seeds and sprinkle on top.