Birthday “Nessie” Soup

On my birthday I got a “Nessie” from the Pead family. This meant that the day after I just had to make a soup for it! I thought of a nice warming Italian style, I grabbed my chopping board and set about making a Soffritto based soup!

Link to Nessie

Suddenly Nessie appeared from the depths of my soup pan and helped me to serve it to my plate. A most useful monster to help in my soupy endeavours in the future.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 650 (163 calories per serving – add about 150 calories if you have the bread) 


  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup of red wine

To make the Soffritto heat the oil in frying pan, add the onions, celery, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and red wine, then soft fry for about 12 minutes. While that’s going on add the rest of the ingredients to the soup maker

  • 6 splashes of Worcester Sauce
  • 1 tsp of Bovril or beef extract
  • 2 knorr beef stock pots (Chicken or Vegetable stockpots will do as well)
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp oregano

Then pour in the Soffritto over the other ingredients in the soup maker

  • Add hot water to (level 2 in the soupmaker the higher) or 1.2 litres in the pan


  • Set the soup maker to chunky.
  • Alternatively when the Soffritto is ready put all of the ingredients together into a saucepan add water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so then blend when done until chunky.
  • For a thinner soup add more water for a thicker soup add less water.
  • Optional – Crusty bread as desired

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