Recipe: Try this Hearty Winter Vegetable & Bean Soup from Altrincham nutritionist Kate Roberts

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In the winter months, seasonal foods lend themselves to nourishing soups and stews that give you a warm satisfied feeling.

Rather than taking away ingredients from your favourite dishes, bolster their nutritional value by adding in pulses, wholegrains and leafy greens.

This will make your food go further whilst increasing your intake of fibre, antioxidant vitamins and minerals that will help to nurture your gut bacteria, boost your immune system and keep you thriving all winter long.

This seasonal soup recipe ticks all the boxes; it looks yummy, tastes great and is bursting with healthful nutrients to help you stay nourished this winter.

Hearty Winter Vegetable & Bean Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 carrot (finely diced)
  • 2 sticks celery (finely diced)
  • 1 swede (finely diced)
  • 1 turnip (finely diced)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (finely chopped)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 205 grams pearled barley
  • 1 tin of mixed beans
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock
  • Pepper & salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (finely)


  • Place a large pot on a medium heat.
  • Sauté the onion in olive oil until it has softened and started to brown.
  • Add the remaining vegetables, sauté for a further 5 mins. Stir in the rosemary, sage, bay leaves, lentils and barley.
  • Add the stock, season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, allow the soup to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the barley begins to soften.
  • Stir in drained beans and chopped tomatoes, simmer for a further 20 minutes.
  • Stir through chopped parsley, check the seasonings and serve with crusty bread.

For a vegan version, simply use vegetable rather than chicken stock, substitute rice for barley to make it gluten free, and if you’re struggling for swede, winter squash or sweet potato will work just as well.

Altrincham nutritionist Kate Roberts

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