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Simple Healthy Soup Recipes

Simple Soup Recipes

One of the things that we've found to be really good on a diabetic diet, is homemade soup.

With the advent of the wonderful Covent Garden range of soups, here in the UK, it's once again "cool" to be seen eating simple, homely soups!

Here's a quick recipe that I threw together yesterday, but you can pretty much add in whatever you have in the fridge.  Just make sure to add some pulses and eat with a slice of toast - as these two together make a whole protein which is pretty healthy all round.

Vegetable Soup Recipe

Serves 2


  • 2 small leeks
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 tsp bouillon powder (or 1 pint of vegetable stock)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp red lentils (or ready cooked pulses/beans)
  • 1.5 pints water
  1. Chop the vegetables into cubes
  2. Slice and chop the onion
  3. Fry the onion for five minutes until soft
  4. Add the other vegetables and fry for five minutes
  5. Add the water and the lentils
  6. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes
  7. Use a fork or masher to break down the larger pieces

Serve hot with crusty brown bread

Swedish Split Pea Soup (Ärtsoppa)

Serves 4-6 persons


  • 1 pound whole dried yellow peas (split peas are acceptable)
  • 2 onions, chopped fine
  • 1/2 pound cooking bacon (Tesco value bacon is fine!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt (if needed)


  1. Soak the peas in water for at least 12 hours.
  2. Drain the peas, rinse with fresh water & place in large saucepan
  3. Add6 cups cold water and chopped onions.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a medium simmer.
  5. Fry the bacon, cut into pieces and add to the pan.
  6. Simmer for 60-90 minutes..
  7. Add the marjoram and thyme to the pan, stir, and simmer for a further15 minutes.
  8. Season to taste with pepper.  

Serve piping hot with buttered toast.

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