Boxing Day soup

Use up your leftover Christmas Day vegetables in this comforting winter soup

  • Ready in 30-45 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 211
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 21g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 8g
  • salt 1.19g


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, about 350g/12oz total weight, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 tbsp curry paste
  • 1.2l vegetable stock, made from a stock cube
  • 550g leftover roasted or boiled vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and squash, roughly chopped
  • natural yogurt or crème fraîche, to serve


Make it meaty
Meat eaters can use turkey stock if they have it.


  1. To fry the vegetables, heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 5 minutes until golden. Stir in the celery and fry for 5 minutes, then tip in the potatoes and fry for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring often.

  2. Stir in the curry paste, let it cook for a minute or so, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and stir well. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

  3. To serve, tip the leftover veg into the pan and warm through for a few minutes. Pour the soup into a food processor or blender and blitz to a smooth purée. Thin down to the consistency you like with hot water or stock (we added 300ml) then taste for seasoning. Cool and freeze, or serve in bowls with spoonfuls of yogurt or crème fraîche swirled on top.

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