See what vegetables you have at home, this is a great soup to use them up. If buying from fresh I like butternut squash or pumpkin, a couple of carrots, 1 or 2 onions, a head or 2 of garlic (yet that is 1 or 2 WHOLE bulbs) a sweet potato or parsnips - and I love a chilli or 2 depending how spicy you like it.

Try and buy organic, it will make the soup so much more nutritional.

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Tonia's super soothing soup ingredients

Olive oil

1 tbsp turmeric

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cumin

pinch cinnamon

Vegetables of your choice but as a base you always need onions & garlic.

organic vegetable stock

How to make Tonia's super soothing soup

Chop everything up into chunky pieces, you can leave the garlic whole.

Add a good glug of olive oil to a large pan, take it to a medium heat, we do not want to over heat the olive oil.

Add a heaped tablespoon of turmeric, a heaped teaspoon of of course grounded black pepper, pinch sea salt, 1 teaspoon of cumin & a pinch or 2 of cinnamon.

Throw in all the vegetables and stir well till they are all a little covered in the oil and spices, add a bit more oil if need be and stir for about 5 minutes.

Then add enough hot water to cover 1 centimetre above the vegetables.

Add a cube of vegetable stock, if using powder about 2 heaped teaspoons.

Bring to the boil, then take down to a simmer, cover and allow to simmer until all the veg is pulpy and soft, about 30-40 mins.

Taste your broth, if it needs a bit more salt add now.

Blitz it up with a hand blender.

To serve add some cream or yogurt or if you want to keep it vegan a but of cashew cream & a sprinkle of coriander leaves.

This soup freezes really well, I have frozen lots of cup size portions for my daughter Sophia who is away at Uni, so I at least know she has something nutritious to eat if she is in a rush.

Tonia Buxton is a chef, author and TV presenter, with a passion for promoting Greek, Cypriot and Mediterranean food.