Green Soup with Sea Spaghetti & my 1p bargains!

Green Soup with Sea Spaghetti - Fab Food 4 All

Last Sunday I popped out for some sugar to make some Gooseberry Jam as my dad, ever the fruit magnet, had been invited to pick gooseberries at a local allotment and kindly delivered a carrier bag full to me. I thought I’d time my visit to my local Tesco to be about an hour and a quarter before closing as my sister had been telling me all about her 1p bargains recently. Well as soon as I got there I made a beeline for the produce department and saw a few people coming away from the reduced shelf but there was still plenty there. I was joined by one other shopper eventually so there was no stress picking out what I thought I could use. Even if something is only 1 or 2p nothing’s a bargain unless you use it! My booty consisted of mainly green vegetables and herbs and if I’d stuck around I discovered that I could have had some soft fruits but hey I was new to this so didn’t know the ropes, I’ll know better for next time!

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Didn’t I do well!

So when I got home I totted up my bargains and if you ignore the 2 packs of rolls which cost me 25p each the rest of my haul cost me 24p! Here’s a list of what I got:


Reduced Price

Original Price

922g Mushrooms (loose)



1 x 240g Bag Baby Spinach



1 x 120g Bag Baby Spinach



1 x Pack Rosemary



1 x Pack Lemon Grass



2 x Packs Tarragon



1 x Pack Leek & Cabbage



1 x Pack Sea Spaghetti Seaweed



1 x 2.5kg Pack Potatoes



1 x Pack Snack Apples



1 x Pack Baby Kale & Pomegranate Salad



1 x Pack Baby Kale Salad



1 x Pack Sliced Greens



1 x Cabbage



1 x Iceberg Lettuce



1 x Finest Stoneground Sliced Loaf







Rest assured none of this is going to or has gone to waste, like the packs say “Love Food Hate Waste”. With bargains like this to be had there really is no excuse not to eat healthily as this shop came to about the same price as a jam doughnut! I worked out the ingredients I bought for this soup came to just over 5 pence but would have cost over £5 at full price! The tarragon and some of the mushrooms went into a sauce with some pork (post to follow) that night which I served with the bag of greens and some mashed potato and the following day I made this Green Soup with Seaweed Spaghetti. I would never have bought Seaweed Spaghetti ordinarily but it worked really well as a garnish for this soup. My hubby said it tasted like fish, I just thought it tasted like the sea! I read somewhere that you shouldn’t eat too much of it as it’s high in iodine but I’m sure what we had as a garnish was fine!

Green Soup with Sea Spaghetti - Fab Food 4 All

So what was the soup like? Well hubby and I loved it, keeping the chunky texture by not blitzing it too much with a blender is key and far more satisfying than a blended soup. We had this as part of a main meal along with some crusty rolls and cheese, just right for a summer evening. My son enjoyed his but my 11 yr old daughter turned her nose up at it! I seem to remember at her age hating things like spinach in a cream sauce so I think it’s an age thing!


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Green Soup with Sea Spaghetti
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A hearty, healthy and delicious soup packed full of almost every green vegetable that exists.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 5 - 6
  • 4 tbsp Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 Celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 Large potato, diced
  • 1 Courgette, chopped
  • 1 x 300g Pack finely shredded cabbage & leek (100g Cabbage, 100g Leeks, 100g Greens)
  • 120g Baby spinach
  • 60g Baby kale
  • 1.3 ltrs Vegetable stock made with 2 stock cubes
  • 90g Fried sea spaghetti seaweed (washed) for garnish (optional)
  • Pepper, freshly ground
  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in a very large pan and add all the vegetables except the baby spinach and kale.
  2. Give the vegetables a good stir and sweat under a lid for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Next add the stock and pepper, bring to the boil and then simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Towards the end of cooking prepare the sea spaghetti by chopping into roughly 3 - 4cm strips.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok on a highish heat and fry for 6 – 8 minutes, stirring regularly.
  6. Add the baby spinach and kale to the soup and bring back to a simmer for a further 3 minutes.
  7. Use a stick blender to partially blend the soup (you want lots of chunky bits).
  8. Serve in bowls garnished with the sea spaghetti if using and some warm crusty bread.
To make the soup suitable for vegans just replace the butter with more oil or a dairy free spread.

I think everyone must love a bargain as I’d never had some many comments or views (over 3,000) of a post over on my  Facebook! If you fancy a bargain seaweed recipe you might like to check out this one for Seaweed Crisps which uses freshly foraged seaweed!

As this soup was so frugal I’m entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours . I’m also entering Meat Free Mondays run by Tinned Tomatoes as we actually did have this on Monday and it was meat free! I’m entering No Waste Food Challenge which is run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary! Then finally I’m entering Extra Veg which is run by Utterly Scrummy (who is hosting) and also Fuss Free Flavours.

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  1. Leila Benhamida

    Very unusual. A lot of greens. Love your bargains buy.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Leila:-)

  2. Claire

    I’d never heard of seaweed spaghetti before but it’s a good idea. My hubby loves a jar of seaweed seasoning we got from somewhere or other so I bet he’d love this.

    1. Camilla

      Haven’t seen it lately but yes I’m sure he would love it:-)

  3. Lisa Williams

    Fab! I have lots of different types of seaweed in my cupboard from Asian cooking and I would love to be able to sneak them into other bits seeing as they taste great might try one in here as I have not see and UK seasweed in our local shops 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Good idea Lisa;-)

  4. Martina Evans

    Ooh sea spaghetti, never heard of it before. Fab recipe!

  5. Paul Wilson

    Pea soup is lovely. Must try and get some sea spaghetti.

  6. Heather Haigh

    Just goes to show you can make something healthy without breaking the bank.

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Heather:-)

  7. Maya Russell

    I think it looks good & healthy but would definitely have to blitz it for the children or they would turn their noses up at it.

    1. Camilla

      My son insists on having his soup with chunks in but my daughter mostly turns her nose up at anything green blitzed or not!

  8. Elizabeth

    What a lot of bargains! Expert shopping, that! Gorgeous recipe too – I’ve never tried sea spaghetti but I’d be keen to! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, I’m sure you’d love the seaweed:-)

  9. Ursula Hunt

    There is great satisfaction from getting bargains and them making delicious food with them

    1. Camilla

      Yes Ursula, I’ve got a back log of recipes to blog now as so much foodie inspiration!

  10. William Gould

    Great bargains! My wife makes straight for the money off meat counter in ASDA first thing in the morning, and can pick up a large chicken to freeze for £3 – Nothing like the 1p’s though!

    1. Camilla

      Good for your wife but the best time to shop for bargains is early evening as that’s when they need to get rid of things fast:-)

  11. Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)

    What a beautiful soup…I love the sea spaghetti.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sandi – yes the sea spaghetti was great:-)

  12. Joanne T Ferguson

    Your soup looks so healthy and delicious! Great photo! Pinned and shared!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Joanne:-)

  13. Niels | Have Another Bite

    That soup looks tasty and healthy, and a great bargain! 😛

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Niels, I have a bargain celeriac with which to make soup tody:-)

  14. Glamorous Glutton

    Amazing bargains, that’s really impressive! Great looking soup too, full of wonderful things. GG

    1. Camilla

      I know! Manage to pick up some Greens and a Cerleriac for 1p last night:-)

  15. Florian @ContentednessCooking

    This soup looks marvelous and majestic! Love all the veggies, yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Florian:-)

  16. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    Such a cool recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter:-)

  17. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Wow, what a haul Camilla and good for you using them all up. There is usually a crowd around that section in my local tesco. People must know when they usually do it, so I oly grab something now and again. I’m always delighted with the cheap mushrooms.

    1. Camilla

      Yes I think there are regulars from what I hear who know the ropes! They had even stacked their trolleys with more expensive reduced good and then were queuing up to get them reduced down further!

  18. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    WHAT. A. HAUL! Goodness, you did well. And the soup sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to see your other bargain recipes!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, yes it’s extra satisfying to make something for a few pennies:-)

  19. sarah

    Brilliant bargains! I must try that at the tesco near me. Love soup with chunky bits in it. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes get down to Tesco and get some bargains:-)


    just loved your bargains and loved the idea of sea pasta. hope you will get use all this soon before it goes bad.

    1. Camilla

      Oh nothing going bad here, have washed and frozen the herbs and lemon grass that I’ve not used yet and just have a small cabbage and a handful of mushrooms left to use up as we’ve had 3 meals on this haul so far:-)

  21. shobha

    Wow.. delicious and healthy.. Lot of ingredients have gone into this soup.. I have never come across sea weed spaghetti.. will try to look around if I can find some.

    1. Camilla

      This Sea Spaghetti was from Cornwall, England and I have no idea if it grows in every sea?

  22. Janie

    Wow! I’ve shopped the bargains at various stores before but I’ve never scored such hardcore bargains – way to go you 🙂
    Janie x

    1. Camilla

      Me neither but hopefully I can make a habit of this as it makes a huge difference to your shopping budget:-)

  23. Sally - My Custard Pie

    So impressed by this haul and what you did with it.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sally – more recipes to come:-)

  24. Emily

    Oh my what an absolutely bounty of reduced treasures! I love the reduced section – my latest score being 75p for 2 salmon fillets. I love seaweed flavours in meals so this sounds great!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily, I think I’ll have to wonder down the fish and meat aisle next time:-)

  25. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    I’m loving this Camilla… I must look at the bargains more often. For some reason I have never seen so discounted produce, most of the time it is half price but not 1p! I’m very impressed 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot, it’s all about timing it with the end of the day when they need to get rid of everything:-)

  26. Ursula Hunt

    Great cheap and healthy soup

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  27. Paul Wilson

    Love the idea of sea spaghetti.

    1. Camilla

      It was fab:-)

  28. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    All my local Tescos are rubbish, they reduce things from say £1.25 to £1.24 – I’m sure the yellow stickers cost more! Well done on your haul, and this soup! Never heard of sea spaghetti seaweed!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks “Fanny”!I think it’s all about timing as they do incremental reductions through the day until this last one. In our local store the prime time is 7.15 but that’s not a time that’s convenient to me so this late Sunday afternoon time is great for me. I’d never seen this seaweed before either, but I’m glad I’ve tried it as I’ve always fancied the idea of it:-) It was a bit like slimy liquorice shoelaces!

  29. Dom

    green soup… yay! I love stuff like this and what an utter bargain! You’re so good at this. My dear grandmother would be proud!

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Dom, I think this was my finest bargain moment! It has spurred me on and then I get to try new things too so it’s a definite win/win:-)

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