Leftover Vegetable Soup with 'Croutons' & Crispy Fried Parsley
Leftover Vegetable Soup - Uses leftover vegetables whether from making vegetable broth or leftovers from meals and turns them into a nutritious warming bowl of loveliness. Add optional home-made 'Croutons' and Crispy Fried Parsley.
750gleftover vegetables - any (approx weight)boiled/roasted/steamed (not roast potatoes)
stock or water
1tspdried herbs of choice
½tspchilli powder optional
salt and pepper
2slicesbreadgluten free if required
2 tbspolive or sunflower oil
Crispy Fried Parsley
small bunchfresh parsley
1 tbspolive/sunflower oil
Leftover Vegetable Soup
The leftover vegetables used for the soup post are leftover from making Vegetable Broth (see NOTES). Or use any other leftover vegetables (boiled; steamed; roasted) and if large, cut into smaller pieces.
Put the vegetables straight into a blender.
Add a little stock (made with stock powder/cube) or water if using plenty of other seasoning.
Liquidise the whole lot and season with a little extra salt and pepper and optional herbs or chilli, to taste.
Pour into a saucepan and heat through before serving. Adjust seasoning to taste.
Take a couple of slices of bread (I used gluten free bread) and slice into bite-sized cubes.
Heat the oil in a small frying pan until hot.
Fry for a few minutes, turning until golden and crisp.
Transfer onto some kitchen paper to soak off any excess oil.
Crispy Fried Parsley
Take a handful of fresh parsley and rip it in half.
Using a little hot olive or vegetable oil (you can use the oil from the croutons), drop the parsley into the pan (be careful - it will spit and crackle loudly) and toss through with a heat proof spatula.
Cook for a couple of minutes. Be careful not to over-brown, or it will taste bitter.
Remove from the pan and place on kitchen paper to soak off any excess oil.
Top the soup with croutons and crispy fried parsley and serve.
* Note: nutritional information is an estimate & may vary according to portion size/ingredient variants.The recipe for making Vegetable Broth (used for a separate soup) can be found in the post Oriental Courgette-Noodle Soup.