This soup is a ‘Nana from the depression era’ soup. Incredibly simple and cheap to make with more flavour than the ingredients would suggest. It’s a good one for fussy kids too. Unless you’ve got one of those spoiled, expensive menfolk who insist on a slab of meat at each meal, this makes a hearty meal with a side serve of toast or scones. Cheesy scones are especially good.

I made this in the thermomix. First I chopped the vegetables, then added butter and sauteed. I added the liquid and cooked and pureed in the thermomix. Couldn’t be easier.

Satisfaction Soup
1 bunch celery, chopped (include leaves and all, no wastage allowed during the depression)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups stock (vegetable, chicken or beef as you choose)
2 sprigs thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup oats, oat bran or barley bran
600ml milk
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

  1. Saute vegetables in butter for 5 minutes or so.
  2. Add stock and herbs and simmer gently for up to an hour until vegetables are tender.
  3. Blend until smooth. Add oats or bran and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  4. Gradually add milk and gently rehear. Season to taste.
  5. Stir in parsley and serve immediately