No Croutons Required

No Croutons Required is a monthly soup and salad challenge hosted by myself and Lisa from Lisa's Kitchen. The challenge is vegetarian based, but we hope it will just be a great line up of good food that anyone can enjoy!

Our first, ever challenge was hosted by Lisa. And, boy that was a round-up and a half! We had 71 delicious entries, I mean, can you believe that? It was just mad!

The winner of our first challenge, to make a vegetarian soup that even the most carnivorous diner would drool over, was the super talented Johanna with her Wanton Dumplings in Ginger Broth.

Doesn't that look stunning?

Well done Johanna!

So now it is my turn to host.

The No Croutons Required challenge for March is to make a spicy soup that will tingle on the tongue.

When you have posted your soup, email me at with a link to your post and a photo of your soup. Last entries need to be in by 20th March. Check out the rules here!


  1. I'm sure you will do a wonderful job hosting our second challenge. If we get as many entries as last time, expect to spend many hours in front of a computer screen. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. I already know what my submission will be.

  2. You are such a swot, ok, actually I retract that, so do I!

  3. thanks Holler (and lisa) - what an honour! Will now be thinking about what spicy soups have been tickling my fancy and looking forward to participating

  4. Congratulations to Johanna for winning last months challenge. You will do an awesome job Holler and Lisa is there for go girl!!

  5. I love spicy soups- looking forward to this one! Congrats to Johanna!

  6. Hi Johanna, Congratulations!
    I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

    Hi Val, Thanks!

    Hope you join in Pixie!

  7. A spicy soup ... hmm ....

    Are you guys coming by to eat it?

  8. That sounds like a good offer David! Is this a trick to make me eat some tofu?

  9. Looks like a delicious entry--coming from one of the most carnivorous diners! ;-)

  10. Will have to think about this one... My favourite spicy soup has lamb in it so that won't do!

  11. Congrats to Johanna! Thinking cap on for the new challenge...

  12. Don't worry - you'll know it when it happens, because we tend to like to rub things in that way, so that you know that you're liking something you didn't think you'd like. ;)

    I'm just wondering at how spicy you'd be willing to eat, really. We were thinking something of an Asian soup (which might contain tofu, but in chunks) ... plus Thai bird peppers. Nothing like the heat of them....

  13. Spicy soup? Hold on a mo, I've got a nice Carrot & Dahl recipe that I've been wanting to try out somewhere.
    I'm thoroughly enjoying taking part in this event.

  14. Perfect timing as my cayenne peppers are ripe for the pickin'! I still have not read all of the entries yet!
    Congrats to Johanna! That is a marvelous soup!

  15. Great choice! That does look fabulous!

    Best of luck hosting Holler - you will do GREAT!

  16. Hi Mike, It does look delicious!

    Definitely skip the lamb Wendy, for this one anyway!

    Hey Jen, Hope that's a cosy hat, it is getting a bit chilly here!

    You are worrying me now David, you do know I am a wuss when it comes to chilli, just ask Lisa!

    Sounds good Lynn, just don't use your food processor for the carrots, they may just finish it off!

    Hey Deb, can't wait!

    Thanks Jenn!

  17. This is such a great event! I loved looking through all the vegetarian soups. Can't wait to see what next month will bring. :)

  18. Hi Ashley! It should be good, I am really into spicy soup just now!

  19. Consider me entered Holler! I have just the soup.


  20. Hi there my name is Jeena and I have started a food recipe forum that I thought you would like to join here Click here for food recipe forum

    I would love to see you on there to chat about food and cooking you can talk about anything you like and start your very own topics. :-)
    or see my main food recipe website Jeenas food recipe site

    Hope to see you soon


    Jeena x

  21. Hey Holler.

    It's a lovely cosy stripey hat from Accessorize - I wear it all the time to ward off the cold (and hides bed head very well!). Not sure if it really helps with the thinking but hey, it's worth a try...

  22. Great David! I know it will be great!

    Hi Jeena, Thanks for visiting, I will have a look!

    Hi Jen, I just love Accessorize!

  23. I'll try, Holler, but I've got a lot of things on my plate at the moment...maybe next time?

  24. That's fine lucy. Don't worry.

  25. Great idea !! I just sent you my entry.Hope you got it :)

  26. hey holler, sent in my entry! hope you got it in time:) sorry for being a teeny bit late:)

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