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Elaine’s Mean Green Souper Machine

Elaine Mason


Serves: 8

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 45 mins


1 decent-sized onion, chopped

2 decent-sized potatoes (unpeeled), chopped roughly

1 leek, washed and chopped roughly

½ head broccoli, washed and chopped roughly

1 cooking or eating apple, washed and chopped roughly

200g peas (fresh or frozen)

200g fresh baby spinach (or use frozen)

small bunch fresh parsley (flat-leaf is best)

short dash lemon juice

1.5 litre vegetable stock

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


Kitchen Ninja

Recipe donated by Elaine Mason/Union of Genius for Veg Power. Recipe and photography from Union of Genius.

Our Mean Green Souper Machine was born from a bountiful excess of springtime vegetables. We wanted to make a green, flavour-packed, seasonal soup to wake people up to spring. When we made this mean green souper machine soup for the first time, it was so green it reminded us of The Incredible Hulk. Union of Genius cook for children’s nurseries in Edinburgh, and this soup makes the kids as strong as the Hulk (if not so green). This recipe is great for using up sad-looking veggies!


Add a little oil or butter to a pot and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and leek, and then add the stock. Bring to a boil, and add broccoli, lemon juice and apple. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Add the peas, spinach and parsley, and cook for 5 minutes more. Blend using an immersion blender. Season to taste with black pepper and salt if needed. The soup is fresh-tasting, juicy and very, very green.

Kids in the kitchen:

Kids can be involved during the prep of this tasty soup, podding the peas if you’re using fresh. They can help chop apples and spinach if they’re old enough to handle a knife safely, and they can peel and crush the garlic.

Elaine Mason

Elaine Mason is a soupmonger and owner of Union of Genius – Scotland’s first soup café, in Edinburgh. Born from one woman’s deep love of soup, we make soups every day to brighten everyone’s lunchtime.

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