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World Vegetarian Day Cook Along

Sunday 1 October 2023 is World Vegetarian Day! To celebrate, Moira will be hosting a virtual cook-a-long at 12pm on Sunday 1 October. Please find the lovely recipe for Creamy Vegetable soup below, it’s a cozy, comfortable vegan recipe that’s gluten-free, easy to make and loaded with veggies.

If you could ensure you have all your veggies chopped and ready to go for the start of the cook-a-long at 12pm that would be great! There will also be a fun vegetable-based activity to take part in whilst the soup bubbles away.

For more information and for the virtual meeting invite, contact Hollie Jenkins at Hollie.Jenkins@aspireliving.org.uk

Creamy Vegetable Soup Recipe


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion – diced

2 large carrots – sliced

2 medium parsnips – chopped

4 white potatoes – chopped

2 leeks – sliced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 garlic cloves – minced

3 cups veg stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Regular milk (oat milk for vegan)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, leeks, parsnip, and carrots to the pot.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the potatoes, thyme and garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the stock.
  5. Bring to the boil, then simmer until vegetables soften, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove half the vegetables and lightly blend/mash the rest to thicken the soup.
  7. Stir the chunky vegetables back into the soup.
  8. Stir in the milk and simmer until the vegetables are warmed through and the soup has thickened, about 5 minutes. Season as desired.
  9. Serve with fresh parsley and crusty bread.