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Oriental Broccoli and Celery Soup


They say that Broccoli is a very healthy vegetable to eat, as is Celery, and it is well know that carrots help you see in the dark but who cares about all that. Combining all three makes a great tasting soup.

I have called this soup Oriental (Broccoli and Celery Soup) because I have used Chinese Five Spice to create what I regard as an Oriental flavour but you could add something entirely different to create your own soup. For example Italian Seasoning and then swap the Parsley for Basil.

Soup making is great fun as it does not take any special skill, nor sophisticated cooking methods, so anyone can do it, and what is more at the end you have a great tasting starter or light meal.

Oriental Broccoli and Celery Soup


325g Broccoli
350g Celery
1kg Carrots
6 Garlic Cloves
4 Vegetable stock cubes
3 tsps (heaped) Chinese Five Spice
Salt to taste
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Bunch of fresh Parsley


  • Broccoli
    To make the soup I use an 8 pint pan.

  • Chop celery into pieces and add to your pan.

  • Clean and chop your carrots. Add to the pan.

  • Remove the florets from the main Broccoli stem. Add to the pan.

  • Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Add to the pan.

  • Add water to your pan to bring the level to one inch from the top. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for about 30 minutes.

  • Add three of vegetable stock cubes (I prefer Knorr). Once dissolved decide whether to add the fourth stock cube.

  • Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  • Add the Chinese Five Spice and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

  • Remove all the carrots.

  • Finely chop your Parsley (plenty of it) and add to pan. Continue to simmer for a further two or three minutes and then remove from the heat.

  • Liquidise your soup either in a liquidiser (will need to do in batches) or with a hand-held liquidiser so that a smooth consistency is achieved.

  • Serve immediately or leave to cool and store in the fridge and reheat as required. If not using all at once only reheat the amount you need each time and not the whole pan of soup.

Serves 8

Making anything like this does not require you to use precise amounts so do not worry too much about weighing or the size of the ingredients.

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