Tuscan vegetable soup


An authentic, gluten-free Tuscan vegetable soup. Leave out the ham and use veg stock to make it vegetarian.


For the soffritto

For the soup

  • 200g/7oz carrots, chopped
  • 200g/7oz celery, chopped
  • 200g/7oz potatoes, chopped
  • 200g/7oz courgettes, chopped
  • small piece of rind from a ham (optional)
  • 1.5 litres/2¼ pints stock (vegetable or chicken stock are both fine)
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped, with the juice and seeds squeezed out


  1. For the soffritto, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the celery, carrot, onion, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves until golden, about 15 minutes.

  2. Remove the rosemary sprig and bay leaves and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. To make the soup, add the carrots, celery, potatoes and courgettes and cook on a low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously but gently. Add the ham rind at this stage if you are including it (remember to remove it before serving the soup). Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  4. Add the stock (soffritto) and cook over a low heat for another 20-30 minutes. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Serve.