Estie’s Winter Soup


Estie’s Winter Soup

This filling soup is nutritious, delicious and simply perfect for chilly winter nights. It also makes a perfect ‘fast food’  lunch for the office or in a flask for the children to take to school on cold days. At SA Natural Products’ head office, winter blues instantly vanish whenever marketing director Estie utters the words ‘There’s soup in the kitchen for anyone who’d like some’.  What’s become known as ‘Estie’s Amazing Soup’ is just another reason why we all love our work so much! Because we thought you would also enjoy making and serving this hearty, homemade soup this winter, we asked Estie to write out the recipe for us.  Enjoy!

Estie’s Winter Soup

Serves 4

Preparation time approximately 8 hours


1 Cup mixed dried beans
1 Cup dried brown lentils
1 Bunch celery
3 Large carrots
2 Potatoes
4 Ripe tomatoes
2 Onions
2 Pieces (or 150g) beef shin with marrow bone
½ Spoon of A.Vogel Herbamare® original
1 A.Vogel Plantaforce Low Sodium Bouillon
Unsalted butter
Black pepper


1. Soak beans and lentils overnight in cold water and rinse well the next morning.
2. Add water and start cooking whilst preparing the rest of the ingredients.
3. Chop vegetables to a size of your choice and add to beans and lentils.
4. Add soup meat to the pot – omit meat for a vegetarian soup.
5. Cover soup mixture with water. Add Herbamare to taste, as well as 2 heaped tablespoons of Plantaforce.
6. Lastly add a heaped tablespoon of unsalted butter and black pepper to taste.
7. Place on stove plate and, keeping the lid on the pot, bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat to a slow simmer for at least 7 hours. Only add more water by the 5th hour if needed. (For the time pressed cook, using a pressure cooker will enable you to fast-track this process and have your soup ready in an hour.)

Let the soup stand, on a low heat, for about an hour before serving. Should you prefer, you could mash the vegetables and lentils just before serving. Serve with warm crusty bread and grated cheese.

Bon appetite!