Disco Soup with Paprika Fried Onions (v)

, from Issue #79. July, 2018
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Disco Soup with Paprika Fried Onions (v)

This soup is inspired by World Disco Soup Day, which is celebrated each year to raise awareness around food waste. A minestrone of sorts, this Disco Soup is a great way to clear out those abandoned fridge vegetables that may be looking a bit past their best (think soft celery, shrivelled carrots, leaves and stems of cauliflower and broccoli) and bring them to life in a tasty broth with pasta.

Serves: 4–6


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2 cups ‘disco’ vegetables (e.g. celery, cauliflower leaves, broccoli stalk, carrots), diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 parmesan rind
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground paprika
½ teaspoon chilli powder
400-gram tin crushed tomatoes
1 litre vegetable stock
200 grams dried spaghetti
sea salt and ground pepper
grated parmesan, to serve
Paprika fried onions
2 red onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
oil, to cook


Paprika fried onions: Place the onions in a large bowl and toss with the flour and paprika until coated. Heat 5cm oil in a sauté pan over a medium heat. Add onions and cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towels, then transfer to a plate and set aside.

Soup: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the onion, disco vegetables and garlic and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the parmesan rind, vinegar, paprika, chilli and tomatoes. Season, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables have bite to them but are not raw.

Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, toss in olive oil and divide between bowls. Ladle over the soup and generously sprinkle with fried onions and grated parmesan. Serves 4–6.