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This page has suggestions for people who need to eat a soft diet. There is information on


Making a soft diet interesting

Sometimes a soft diet may seem boring if you stick to the basic things like soups, jelly and eggs. You can still eat many of your favourite foods. Use some imagination and find ways to soften them. 

Many people who are having treatment for cancer feel tired and don't feel like cooking. You can buy ready meals at your supermarket if you don't feel like preparing a meal or don't have someone to cook for you.


Soft savoury main courses

  • Casseroles, stews or soups
  • Shepherd's pie or cottage pie
  • Moussaka
  • Bolognaise
  • Chilli con carne
  • Lasagne
  • Smooth pâté (fish or meat)
  • Noodles
  • Savoury mince
  • Corned beef hash
  • Pasta with different sauces, such as goats cheese, mushroom or creamy tomato
  • Boil in the bag fish in sauce
  • Salmon mousse
  • Fish and potato in a creamy sauce
  • Mixed vegetables mashed with butter and melted cheese
  • Chicken in cream sauce
  • Tuna mayonnaise
  • Egg mayonnaise
  • Omelette or scrambled egg
  • Baked beans with grated cheese
  • Tinned spaghetti with grated cheese
  • Quiche/flan
  • Jacket potato with butter, grated cheese or cream cheese
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Ratatouille
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Dips, such as hummus, guacamole, taramasalata, cream cheese
  • Lentils made into dahl
  • Soup with added cream

Soft desserts

Remember to buy full fat yoghurts and puddings, not low fat types. Try

  • Mousse
  • Ready made chocolate desserts
  • Egg custard
  • Crème caramel
  • Lemon meringue pie
  • Cheesecake
  • Milk jelly or blancmange
  • Milk puddings such as rice, tapioca,semolina or sago with added cream, jam or chocolate sauce
  • Instant pudding mixes such as Instant Whip or Angel Delight
  • Custard - homemade, powdered, carton or tinned
  • Fruit fools and purées
  • Mashed fruit with ice cream, custard or evaporated milk
  • Ice cream or sorbet
  • Whole fat yoghurts, thick and creamy or Greek yoghurt with honey or stewed fruit
  • Fromage frais
  • Bread and butter pudding
  • Sponge pudding with custard or cream
  • Homemade or bought trifle
  • Tinned or stewed fruit with yoghurt, cream, evaporated milk or ice cream
  • Fruit crumble or pie with custard or cream
  • Banoffee pie

Find out more information

Find out about

Adding calories to a soft diet

High calories drinks

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Updated: 25 February 2014