Wonky Vegetable Soup

About Wonky Veg

Some of the larger Asda stores now sell large boxes of wonky vegetables. Basically, these are vegetables that don’t look perfect and would have normally been thrown away. There’s nothing wrong with them, they still taste exactly the same, there’s no actual damage as such. They’re just a bit…wonky. These boxes cost £3.50 and are all slightly different. Despite knowing this and our Asda being involved in the scheme, we’ve never actually seen one. Until today. They had probably 10 boxes. So, we grabbed one before they sold out. We planned to make a wonky vegetable soup.

wonky veg

However, upon opening the box we realised we weren’t just going to make a wonky vegetable soup. We were also going to be able to make coleslaw, a risotto and some potato salad. In most cases, with just a few added extras. I think these boxes are a brilliant way to reduce waste, save us money, and get us trying new flavours. I couldn’t recommend them more.

wonky veg box

Of course, while mine is a wonky vegetable soup yours could be made with pretty vegetables. As not everyone has access to wonky veg boxes.

You will need:

  • 3 Medium potatoes
  • 2 Large carrots
  • 1 Swede
  • 1 Large parsnip
  • 4 Small onions
  • 100ml Double cream
  • 1 Veg Stock cube
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1tsp. Mixed herbs

ingredients for wonky vegetable soup

Upon seeing the swede inside the box I said: “I don’t like swede, let’s get a different one”. Hunky Husband, however, assured me that I would like it in a soup. He was, of course, right.

Firstly, peel and chop all of the vegetables and add them to a large pan. Make up the veg stock cube to packet instructions and pour over the vegetables. Add enough water to cover. Generally, we find this is around 500ml stock, 500ml water.

Place the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and leave for 30 minutes, until everything is nice and soft. The potatoes often take the longest, so test one.

Remove from the heat and blend using a stick blender.

blending

Return to the heat. Add cream, paprika, herbs and salt and pepper to taste before mixing everything together well. Blend again if it needs it.

added cream

Return to the heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes before serving.

Soup is so often seen as a warming winter lunch. But to be honest I like it all year round. We eat hot meals in summer, so why not soup?

Wonky Vegetable Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

serves 6

Wonky Vegetable Soup

Slightly spicy vegetable soup made from a wonky veg box

Ingredients

  • • 3 Medium potatoes
  • • 2 Large carrots
  • • 1 Swede
  • • 1 Large parsnip
  • • 4 Small onions
  • • 100ml Double cream
  • • 1 Veg Stock cube
  • • Water
  • • Salt and pepper
  • • 1tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • • 1tsp. Mixed herbs

Instructions

  1. Peel and roughly chop the veg, add to a large pan
  2. Mix stock to packet instructions and add to the pan
  3. Add enough water to cover
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Remove from the heat and blend using a stick blender
  6. Add the cream, herbs, paprika and salt and pepper to taste
  7. Mix together well
  8. Return to the heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes
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  • jo

    I love veg soup and agree with your husband, swede is tasty in a soup! I haven’t seen the wonky veg boxes in Asda will look out for them it’s a great idea. Which veg did you use for the risotto?

    • Just the leeks from this box. We had chicken leek and mushroom, with a bit of added cream and some French mustard. It was gorgeous! And you are both right about the swede!!

  • These boxes are such a great idea but I’ve never seen one either. Your soup looks delicious x
    #MarvMondays

  • Selling wonky veg is a brilliant idea, it saves on so much waste! I love homemade soup too! #MarvMondays

    • It’s brilliant. All perfectly fresh and tasty too

    • It is fantastic. I really love anything where you’re not quite sure what you’re getting too. You have to come up with new recipes and ideas

  • Im going to look out for these boxes next time in in asda! What a great idea iv never understood why people are in need of perfectly shaped veggies! Crazy! #FoodieFriday

    • no me either. You just chop them up anyway!

  • How did I not know about these boxes! I am going to ask if my local Asda sell them 🙂 #MarvMondays

    • There’s a list on their website I think. Ours rarely actually have any though.

  • Yum! This sounds like my kind of vegetable soup! I’ve heard about these wonky veg boxes and think theyre fab. If I ever see one in our local Asda I’ll be nabbing a box too 🙂 Fab recipe, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • You really should, it was so much fun opening it and finding out what we’d got!

  • I love wonky and ugly veg they always taste go good!!! Love this soup can’t wait to give it a go

    Thanks for joining #foodiefriday

    • They do, I feel like I’m rescuing them!

  • Supermarkets here have started selling veg that would usually be thrown out and I love them! They’re a great buy! It’s starting to get colder here so I will be making soup very soon! #FoodieFriday

    • We’re out of soup season now, but I think we’ll carry on!

  • they sometimes have wonky veg boxes in our local store and when they do I always grab it – who cares about a wonky carrot. Looks delicious.
    Thanks for joining #foodiefriday and don’t forget us next week!

    • They’re amazing aren’t they? Something that definitely needs to happen more!