Golden Soup

This soup recipe is based on one by Nigella which I found last year. I stood in the supermarket reading the ingredients in the frankfurters she includes and I physically couldn’t bring myself to buy them, eat them or serve them up to people I love.

So I tweeked it and made it my own. It really is super tasty, super easy and (now) super good for you – what’s not to love?



  • 1 large or 2 medium onion
  • 2 good size carrots, top + tailed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 celery sticks, top + tailed
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice 
  • 500g yellow split peas
  • 1.25 – 1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock 
  • 2 bay leaves


What I did 

  1. Peel the onion, carrot and cut into big chunks with the celery. Place them all with the garlic in a food processor.
  2. Blitz them into tiny bits in the food processor.
  3. Pour the oil into a heavy based (and quite big) saucepan. Warm it through on medium.
  4. When the oil is warm, add the blitzed/chopped veg from the food processor and cook for 5-10 mins, until it is soft (but don’t colour or burn it).
  5. Add the ground allspice and stir well.
  6. Add the split peas and stir again.
  7. Pour in 1.25 litres of stock and add the bay leaves.
  8. Cover, turn down to a low heat and cook for an hour.  Peep at it occasionally and add more stock or water if it gets too sludgy.
  9. If you like it lumpy then you can serve straight away. If you prefer a smoother soup (although it is a thick one) you can use a hand blender to blend it in the pan, or allow to cool a bit and blitz in the food processor.

 This freezes really well – so if you have any leftovers then it’s all good!



Enjoy it!

An idea for enjoying this soup with others:-

  • figure out how might Golden Soup have got it’s name – did it use to be given to athletes to help them on their quest for gold medals?


  • (as many children know Golden Time as a treat for really good behaviour in school) see if they can think why each person round the table deserves to be eating their Golden Soup – hint: there is ALWAYS something positive to say about everyone, and it doesn’t have to be related to good behaviour 😉


  • Gold is a really precious substance. It is something of incredibly high value – a real treasure. What does everyone think is really precious to them? What do they think is more important than money? What would they never sell?  What do they value more than money?