Hairy Bikers' Rumpy Pumpy soup recipe

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This rumpy pumpy soup recipe from episode 1 of their 'Mums Know Best' series, won't disappoint

Hairy Bikers' rumpy pumpy soup
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From episode one of their 'Mums Know Best' series, this hearty soup won't disappoint


  • About 2 litres ham stock
  • 450g carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 225g turnip or swede peeled and chopped
  • 340g onions, finely chopped
  • Any other ‘secret’ veggies, such as sprouts,
  • Leeks, finely chopped cabbage, even a can of chopped tomatoes
  • 225g red lentils
  • Salt and pepper




  1. Best to make the stock the night before with a ham bone or hock so the flavour can develop.
  2. Cook the vegetables in the ham stock until soft, then add the lentils. Stir frequently at this stage, as lentils can burn quite easily.
  3. If you have made the stock with a ham hock, remove any meat, chop it and add to the soup. Season to taste.
  4. Maureen sometimes adds chunks of potato to cook in the soup to make it more filling, or stirs in 1–2 teaspoons of ground cumin to give it a curry flavour.
Hairy Bikers

Simon King and David Myers are the fantastic duo that make up the Hairy Bikers and are best known as Si and Dave. The Hairy Bikers have several cookbooks published including How to Love Food and Lose Weight and Eat for Life. Hairy Biker recipes are always triple tested and try to be as fuss-free as possible so you can trust the timings. Si and Dave have also had several hit cooking shows as they remain as one of the UK’s favourite cookery duos.