Hearty Winter Soup

The days are colder, darker and longer and there is nothing better than a big bowl of nutritious tasty soup. This simple recipe makes the tastiest soup for the winter evenings! Of course, you could add some hearty homemade brown bread for a real treat!

Hearty Winter Soup


  • 2-3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 large carrots, scrubbed and sliced
  • 2 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium leeks, outer layer removed, washed and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 64 fluid oz of vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 10 cranks of fresh crushed peppercorns
  • 1½ tsp of seasoning mix (like Knorr stock cubes)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup of whole milk (or ½ cup of cream and ½ cup water)
  • 2 tbs of corn starch or flour (if using corn flour be sure to cook for longer to remove that floury taste)
  • 1 – 2 stalks of celery leaves for garnish


  1. In large stock pot, saute the vegetables in olive oil for 15 minutes – stirring continually.
  2. Add the seasonings (salt, pepper and herb seasoning mix) and stir to mix well.
  3. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove from heat. Transfer the contents of the pot to another container and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Working in batches, place soup contents into a blender container and puree. Return the pureed mixture to the stock pot. Continue until everything has been pureed and returned to the stock pot.
  6. Check the taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  7. Place milk (or cream / water) and corn flour into a shaker container. Shake well.
  8. Slowly pour the milk / starch mixture into the reheating soup while stirring. Add the butter and continue to stir until thickened, butter has melted and soup is warm enough to eat.
  9. Garnish each bowl of soup with a few stalks of celery leaves.

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Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.
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