Spring Vegetable Broth

After a week of Cornish food, I have found myself eating lots of lighter foods this week. Less cream and chocolate and more vegetables and salad. After a quick trip to the allotment, I was presented with some fat leeks,crisp spring onions and a bunch of colourful rainbow chard.

spring vegetable broth

Spring Vegetable Broth

The chard I tend to fry off in olive oil, garlic and a touch of chilli and eat it as a side dish or throw it into a dhal, curry or stew. I always cook the stems for five minutes before adding in the chopped up leaves which only take a minute or two to soften.

The leeks and the spring onions, I thought would be perfect in so many ways. Risottos, roasted in oil, chargrilled, added to a spring vegetable pizza………….But after a rumble through the freezer I came across a nice big pouch of chicken stock, so broth it would have to be. A stock based soup in which I have poached the spring vegetables with addition of a couple of garnishes.

spring vegetable broth

Home made croutons

For this soup, I like to cook out the leeks so that they blend in and begin to break down into the stock  before briefly blanching the remaining vegetables for a contrasting crunch and freshness of taste. Another two tasty additions are home-made croutons and generous amount of freshly grated Parmesan. This provides a real umami hit, bringing it to life so much more than simply adding salt.

spring vegetable soup

Spring Vegetable Soup


This simple, thrifty, delicate vegetable laden soup will be added in to several of the monthly blogging challenges for April which are as follows:

spring vegetable broth





EXTRA VEGFuss Free Flavours & Utterly Scrummy

FOUR SEASONS FOOD(celebrate vegetables) – Delicieux & Eat Your Veg

NO WASTE FOOD CHALLENGE Jibber Jabber & Elizabeth’s kitchen diary

SIMPLE & IN SEASON Utterly Scrummy & Ren Behan

CREDIT CRUNCH MUNCHFab Food 4 All & Fuss Free Flavours

SPEEDY SUPPERS – Maison Cupcake & Feeding Boys

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  1. Sarah says

    Isn’t it strange how our tastes seem to change with the seasons… or maybe not so strange. The need for warming soups may have passed as the days get warmer, and your vegetable broth sounds just right for a spring lunch.

  2. says

    Oh this looks so utterly virtuous. I learned something so similar at Demuths vegetarian school and it’s such a great base for all sorts of weekday meals. 

  3. says

    this is a lovely, sustaining yet light spring bowl of loveliness. Although I mainly a veg stock girl, I do like to walk on the wild side with chicken stock every now and again. And of course a little shave of Parmesan on soups is never a bad idea.Neither are croutons. Enjoy your spring allotment bounty. 

  4. says

    My word that just looks like Spring in a bowl – fabulous!! I’m going to try it out next week as i’m sure it’s perfect for my current WW approach to food. Thanks for hooking up with Speedy Suppers this month i’m sure everyone’s going to really enjoy seeing this in the round-up. I have to say
    the home made croutons and cheese are making my tummy rumble and it’s at least another hour to lunch….

    • says

      Thanks Katie, I do love the colours of the spring veg and they taste pretty good too. I hope WW going well for you, it looks like it by the food you have been making! Loved the look of your curry in particular :-)

  5. says

    Stunning – saw this over on Katie’s round up. Exactly the kind of food I’m craving, too. Less cream and chocolate, more spring veg and broths :-)

  6. says

    love soups like this Laura – lots of textures and the croutons making it feel not too healthy. bookmarking this!
    Glad your allotment is going well!

  7. says

    This is my kind of broth. Delicious veggies and especially the chard which I love and I think is much underrated. And all the lovely parmesan at the end….lovely. Thanks for entering into Four Seasons Food x

  8. says

    What a lovely way to make the tender Spring vegetables the stars of the show!  We have some leeks from a friend’s allotment and I have instructed my husband that we need to get some rainbow chard in the ground as soon as possible – I love it sauteed with garlic and olive oil :)

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