My French Grandmother in law's soup is surprisingly simple to make. La Soupe de Mamie is a version of Potage aux Légumes - a French vegetable soup that has been blended until there are no visible chunks left. It can also be known as soupe passée or soupe moulinée. Similar in texture to a creamed soup, except that there does not need to be any cream.

2 large tomatos 4 carrots 2 large potatoes 2 zucchini 1 turnip 2 Cloves of Garlic 2 teaspoons fleur de sel 2 tbsps olive oil 1 bay leaf 1 sprig of thyme 6 cups of water



Pour enough water to cover. This is KEY! Too much water and the soup is no good. You want to barely cover all the vegetables. If needed you can add more water at the end. Let simmer on medium heat for about a half hour until all the vegetables are cooked through. The potatoes should break apart with your spoon.


Remove the bay leaf and thyme branch (the leaves will have fallen into the soup - that is ok). Mix with an immersion blender until smooth. Adjust the seasoning if needed.If you don’t have a hand mixer, I recommend the investment. They are much easier to use than blenders when making soup. I have used my kitchen aid immersion blender for over 8 years now for everything from guacamole to baby food to soups. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the top. I like to make a heart shape for the ones I love.


Skip the baguette and the cheese and Potage aux Légumes becomes the French woman’s diet trick whenever she is looking to shed a few kilos. The soup is rich and satisfying enough to be a light meal but doesn’t use any other ingredients except water and vegetables with a few herbes. C’est tout!