Basic soup

Basic soup


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About this recipe: A quick and easy soup recipe. This is a flexible recipe and other ingredients can be added as-required - you can't really go wrong.

JacquesSprat Greater Manchester, England, UK

Makes: 1 Pan

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped (optional)
  • 1 carrot, chopped (optional)
  • several sausages (optional)
  • 1 beef stock cube, or any flavour
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 or more dried chillies (optional)
  • 1 handful macaroni
  • 1 tin baked beans or butter beans

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Chop up all the veg.
  2. In a large frying pan, fry the onion and garlic in some oil, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrot and fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Grill the sausages. Dissolve the stock cube in about 2/3 pint of boiling water.
  4. Transfer the contents of the frying pan into a large pan, pour the stock in, mix it up, add the tomatoes. If adding chilli(es), they can be crumbled in now.
  5. Add the macaroni and simmer for a while. Alternatively, you can boil the macaroni in a separate pan earlier and add it at the end.
  6. If adding sausages, chop them up and add them now. Add the beans and bring the temperature back up. Add white pepper to taste.
  7. If it's got too gloopy, just add a bit of water to thin it out.


A splash of beer can be chucked in at any stage. Once cooled, it will keep in the fridge for a few days so can be microwaved when needed.

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Altered ingredient amounts. (At step 4, that's 2 thirds of a pint of water, not 2 to 3 pints). - 27 May 2010

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