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Hortosoupa or the Big Bang Soup (Veloute Vegetable Soup)

Hortosoupa or the Big Bang Soup (Veloute Vegetable Soup)

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Hortosoupa or The Bing Bang soup, as I call it, is a hearty velouté vegetable soup with star shaped pasta, which can be adapted with more vegetables.

It is healthy and filling and can be eaten as a starter or a main dish.

I was inspired to make it because what is about to go on at Cern in a few days.

Vegetable veloute soup image

According to the Big Bang model, the universe expanded from an extremely dense and hot state and continues to expand today. A common and useful analogy explains that space itself is expanding, carrying galaxies with it, like raisins in a rising loaf of bread. General relativistic cosmologies, however, do not actually ascribe any ‘physicality’ to space. (Wikipedia)

It is now a fact that on the 10th of September 2008, the count down will begin at CERN, after 10 years of research, and costing 6 billion Euros, for the operation of the Large Hadron Collider – LHC.

Large Hadron Collider image

You may read some more information here.

Large Hadron Collider photograph

See how huge this is!

Large Hadron Collider photo

It seems that the reporters are very worried about this project and they asked a Greek Scientist, who is taking part in this project if we should be concerned if anything goes wrong, the scientist was very reassuring that there is no possibility about this.

I am also worried as my younger son is now working at CERN. Last summer he worked as a summer student for three months, but this year he is working on a regular basis. He also reassured me that there is nothing to worry about but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

The reporter asked a lot of questions and then she asked:

Reporter: What was there before the Big Bang?

Scientist: It’s not easy to describe but I would say that the universe was like a “soup”. (The essential idea is that the universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand to this day. Then came the Big Bang and the universe began to form).

Did you know that the World Wide Web was invented at CERN and now the Grid will replace the internet, again invented at CERN?

I was not planning in making soup today but I was cooking fish, to make fish mayonnaise.

After this conversation I was inspired and tried to recreate the universe by making my own soup and guess what?

The first solid things that formed after the big bang were two tomatoes, one potato, one carrot, one onion and a sprig of celery.

Finally, the stars appeared. I wonder if the croutons are the galaxies, the black pepper, star dust and what is the parsley…?

Star shaped pasta image

Although it is still hot in Athens and the air condition is on all day long, the soup was so delicious that we all had seconds.

ig bang vegetable soup image

Hortosoupa or Big Bang Soup (Veloute Vegetable Soup)

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

The Bing Bang soup, as I call it, is a hearty veloute vegetable soup with star shaped pasta, which can be adapted with more vegetables.


  • 1 litre fish or other stock
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 Celery stick
  • 1 onion
  • 1 spoonful of olive oil
  • 2 spoonfuls of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of star shaped pasta
  • Croutons
  • Parsley for decoration


After boiling the fish for fifteen minutes, remove and drain the stock.

Place the vegetables in the stock, you do not need to cut them, add salt and simmer until they become soft. 

boiling vegetables image

Puree the vegetables with a hand blended.

Add the olive oil and lemon juice.

Finally add the pasta and cook for 15 minutes.

Adding star shaped pasta image

Prepare the croutons

Serve the soup with some croutons, parsley and freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 394Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 111mgSodium 227mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 55g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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Wednesday 10th of September 2008

All's well dear Ivy. Just heard on the news that it's been tested easy now girl!! My email is acting up, so couldn't send a mail; decided to leave another comment. xoxoxo Deeba


Wednesday 10th of September 2008

Deeba you are so considerate. Thank you very much for being concerned. As a matter of fact just spoke with my son. They are still watching the webcast at CERN on screens and everybody was applauding when they saw a tiny dot appearing on the screen and lots of wackos gathered outside CERN doing lots of silly things.


Wednesday 10th of September 2008

Thanks everybody for commenting.


Tuesday 9th of September 2008

Very interesting write Ivy,well done. And the soup is great, looks delicious and easy to make

Anamika: The Sugarcrafter

Tuesday 9th of September 2008

Ivy a very interesting post , indeed !

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