Leftover Winter Vegetable Soup

Sprouts, parsnips, carrots, celery, onion, gammon stock

I made this soup just before Christmas as I’d made a glazed gammon joint and therefore had lovely gammon stock and vegetables left over from it. I was also very aware that like most Brits I’d over bought on the sprout front and had a bag I needed to use up before the big day! Hence this soup just kind of evolved and I also managed to use up some bacon and cream that were going begging (Nigel Slater would be proud of me)! The result was absolutely delicious with the gammon and vegetables all marrying off beautifully and the bacon garnish was just perfect.

I will definitely be making this soup again and will use a ham stock cube in future if I don’t have fresh gammon stock.

I am entering this soup into Kate at Turquoise Lemons  “No Waste Food Challenge”  where the theme is Christmas leftovers.


So once you’ve fried any raw vegetable (if you’re using any) then you add your cooked vegetables and stock.

Sprouts, parsnips, carrots, celery, onion, gammon stock

Then it’s just a case of simmering for 20 mins, liquidising and adding optional cream!

Sprouts, parsnips, carrots, celery, onion, gammon stock

Then reheat and garnish with strips of bacon.

Sprouts, parsnips, carrots, celery, onion, gammon stockNow there must be some leftover bread I can sprinkle with water and reinvigorate in the oven!

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Leftover Winter Vegetable Soup
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This soup uses up all those leftover vegetables you’ve been meaning to use in the most delicious way – sprouts, carrots, parsnips, celery, onions & garlic married off in a beautiful gammon stock and garnished with strips of bacon, it’s what winter was made for!
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: English
Serves: 6
  • 2 tbsp Light olive oil
  • 500g Sprouts, peeled & halved
  • 2 Parsnips, chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Large carrots, chopped
  • 2 Sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 1.25 L / 2¼ pts Gammon stock (fresh if possible)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 100 ml Cream (optional)
  • Garnish:
  • A few rashers of fried bacon cut into strips
  1. If making this soup from scratch soften your onions and garlic first in the oil for five minutes then add the chopped vegetables and fry for a few more minutes stirring frequently.
  2. If you have a mixture of fresh and leftover vegetables then fry the raw ones and garlic gently for a few minutes first then add the leftover ones along with the stock, season and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Liquidise the soup, add the cream if using and reheat to serve.
  4. Garnish with the bacon strips.

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  1. Kelly

    Looks Delish
    will defo be trying this recipe

  2. Paul Wilson

    I’m all out of winter veg for now. 🙁

  3. tiggerific1973

    It has a gorgeous colour and I bet it tastes fantastic!

    1. Camilla

      It does taste really good thanks:-)

  4. Margaret Akel

    this is a delicious recipe

  5. Paul Wilson

    Great way to use up leftover veg.

  6. William Gould

    One thing I like about winter is the eating of more soup!

  7. Mark

    Excellent. looks amazing great use of lefovers.

  8. Dawn Carter

    I know it’s not yet Christmas, but I’m going to try this! Sounds delicious!

  9. Carolyn Clapham

    Even though we’re almost as far away from Christmas as possible, this sounds like a great idea to me because at this moment I have a fridge full of veg that desperately need using up 🙂

  10. Adam Garratt

    Love how the soup has turned a lovely hue of gold. I dd something similar with a large glut of potatoes I had that were on the turn, whizzed up with some stock, sage, bay and onion it was a delight. Although my blender is on it’s way out so I think I need to invest in a new one.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Adam. Oh I couldn’t live without my stainless steel stick blender!

  11. KMayers

    A perfect thing to do with left over veg – and I must admit that I do love a tasty soup!

  12. Charlie

    Now we know what to do with the gammon sauce and sprouts. . it’s lovely too

  13. Paul Wilson

    A great recipe for a day like today.

    1. Camilla

      Too true:-)

  14. Tracy Nixon

    This is a great recipe – I made this soup and the family loved it thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Great, so glad you loved it:-)

  15. Paul Wilson

    It’s about the right time of year for this.

  16. Tracy Nixon

    Thanks for this lovely soup recipe. I love making homemade sup, especially during the colder months, so will give this a try!

  17. Lisa Williams

    such a fantastic idea much better than the reheated veg and turkey sandwiches, I love the idea of the garnish on top as well 🙂

  18. Heather Haigh

    I would never have thought of putting sprouts into soup.


    Ooooh Camilla – looks yum. Ashamed to say I have never used sprouts in soup before and they are one of my favourite vegetables. Need to do this!

  20. Ursula Hunt

    In the North East we add some of the gammon as well and don.t blend it down so much, you get a really wholesome broth, lovely with crusty bread.

  21. Maya Russell

    A really nice, no waste, recipe. Thanks for the idea.

  22. Laura Loves Cakes

    This looks delicious and warming…and it’s a great way to use up leftovers! I’ve seen a few winter soups around this week…and I think we might need them if the weather forecast is to be believed! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never made soup from Gammon Stock before and using the veg that were cooked with the gammon made it so extra tasty:-) Hence I bought another gammon joint today as it’s much cheaper than buying packs of ham too! Thanks for dropping by:-)

  23. Kate - Turquoise Lemons

    This soup looks seriously hearty and sounds fab with the gammon stock and sprinkling of bacon. Thank you so much for joining in the No Waste Food Challenge.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kate a pleasure, it was going to be sprout soup but turned out far better than I imagined:-)

  24. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    A perfect soup for Winter Camilla! Love the wee bacon garnish on top! What a treat.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jacqueline, this soup really is tastier using leftovers or if using fresh ingredients it’s tastier the second day!

  25. Karen

    I am a REAL soup dragon and this looks amazing Camilla! I just popped over to wish you a very happy New Year! Love Karen xxxx

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Karen, it’s well worth a try! Happy New Year to you and your family! Love Camilla xxxx

  26. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Fantastlc lunch! I purposefully got my dad to peel extra veg so I had lots of leftovers for bubble and squeak and soup!!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, we made Bubble & Squeak patties with cheese from Nigel Slater as my daughter had requested these after watching him make them on TV. From now on I’m always going to do extra veg as leftovers have such a lovely rich flavour and if you have homemade stock too it’s such a treat when making soup!

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