Soft diet meals

You can turn most of your favourite foods into a soft meal.

Be creative

A soft diet can get boring if you stick to the basic foods such as soups, jelly and eggs. But you can still eat many of your favourite foods. Try to be creative and find ways to soften them.

A liquidiser works well for many foods. But foods like bread and fish with bones are less suitable to liquidise.

You may feel too tired to cook if you are having treatment for cancer. Buy ready meals at your supermarket if you don't have someone to cook for you. You can also liquidise these if necessary.

Soft savoury meal ideas

Some ideas for soft savoury foods are:

Meat or vegetarian

  • casseroles, stews or soups
  • shepherd's pie or cottage pie
  • moussaka
  • chilli con carne
  • soup with added cream


  • chicken in cream sauce
  • savoury mince
  • corned beef hash
  • tuna mayonnaise
  • fish and potato in a creamy sauce

Vegetarian and vegetable dishes

  • lentils made into dahl
  • ratatouille
  • mixed vegetables mashed with butter and melted cheese
  • cauliflower cheese
  • jacket potato with butter, grated cheese or cream cheese
  • baked beans with grated cheese
  • tinned spaghetti with grated cheese


  • pasta with different sauces, such as goats cheese, mushroom or creamy tomato
  • bolognaise
  • lasagne
  • macaroni cheese
  • noodles

Egg dishes

  • quiche or flan
  • egg mayonnaise
  • omelette or scrambled egg

Dips and pâtés

  • smooth pâté (fish or meat)
  • hummus
  • guacamole
  • taramasalata
  • cream cheese

Soft desserts

Buy full fat yoghurts and puddings, not low fat types. Dairy free alternatives for most of these are available. Some ideas for soft desserts are:

Pudding, trifles and pies

Try these with egg custard or homemade, powdered, carton or tinned custard.

  • bread and butter pudding
  • sponge pudding with custard or cream
  • homemade or bought trifle
  • lemon meringue pie
  • banoffee pie
  • 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


  • mousse
  • ready made chocolate desserts
  • crème caramel
  • cheesecake


  • whole fat yoghurts, thick and creamy or Greek yoghurt with honey or stewed fruit
  • fromage frais

Fruit and ice cream

  • fruit fools and purées
  • mashed fruit with ice cream, custard or evaporated milk
  • ice cream or sorbet
  • tinned or stewed fruit with yoghurt, cream, evaporated milk or ice cream
  • fruit crumble or pie with custard or cream

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