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Garden soup recipe

Garden soup recipe

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Tesco magazine reader, Lauren Arnold shares her favourite chunky soup recipe, which uses leftover turkey, chicken or whatever leftover meat you have in the fridge. It's delicious, affordable and a real winter warmer – you can even freeze portions for future meals. See method

  • Serves 8
  • Takes 1 hr 50 mins
  • 262 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g pack unsmoked thick cut back bacon rashers, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 5 celery sticks, chopped
  • 500g pack leeks, trimmed and chopped
  • 350g courgettes, chopped
  • 350g carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 chicken stock cubes, made up to 1.5ltr
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée​
  • 300g leftover cooked turkey or chicken, shredded
  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)
If you don't have any leeks, try using spring or white onions instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    14g 20%
  • Saturates

    5g 26%
  • Sugars

    9g 10%
  • Salt

    2.7g 45%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 10.9g Protein 20.6g Fibre 4.8g


  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large, lidded saucepan or flameproof casserole dish (about 5ltr capacity) over a low heat. Add the bacon and fry, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 mins until beginning to brown.
  2. Stir in the vegetables and garlic, then cover and cook over a low heat for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, uncovered for 45 mins, stirring occasionally, until all the veg are tender.
  4. Stir in the tomato purée and shredded turkey and simmer for a further 15 mins. Season to taste, then ladle into warmed soup bowls and serve with crusty bread, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

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