The garnish for this vegetable soup was made by horizontally slicing a hotdog roll, drizzling it with olive oil and toasting it in the oven. The garnish on the crouton is homemade mayonnaise with cherry tomatoes and fresh soft herbs.
1 onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 sticks of celery, leaves included, washed and chopped 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock 2 bay leaves 3 carrots, chopped 400g potato, peeled and cubed
Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add some vegetable oil. Add the onion, garlic and celery and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the tinned tomato and cook for another 10 minutes. Pour in the stock, add the bay leave, carrot and potato and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 50 minutes, stirring every now and then. Mash or liquidise half of the soup, cook another 5 minutes and serve with a fresh, crusty bread.
1,5litre vegetable stock 750g frozen peas 250g broccoli 300g baby spinach 60g almond meal grated zest and juice of 1 lemon a small handful of mint leaves plain yoghurt, to serve
Pour the stock into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the peas and broccoli and simmer until the broccoli is tender – about 5 minutes. Add the spinach leaves, almond meal, lemon zest and juice and mint and simmer for another 2 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Taste the soup and adjust seasoning if necessary. Blend the mixture with a stick blender until smooth. Simmer the soup for another 2 minutes, spoon into serving bowls and serve with a dollop of yoghurt.
45ml butter 15ml vegetable oil 2 large leeks, sliced 2 onions, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 600g potato, peeled and diced 2litres chicken stock 5ml salt black pepper 200g mature cheddar cheese, grated 80g cheese and onion potato chips
Add the butter and oil to a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and onion and cook while stirring until completely wilted and soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the diced potato, stock, salt and pepper and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat to a slow simmer, cover the saucepan with a lid and cook for about 30 minutes. Check on the soup every now and then and adjust the heat as you go. The potato must be very soft. Decant the soup into a blender and blitz together until smooth and silky. Pour the soup back into the saucepan and place over a low heat. Add the grated cheese and stir the soup until the cheese has melted. Spoon the soup into individual bowls. Crush the potato chips in the packet and sprinkle a generous amount onto each bowl of soup. Serve immediately.
This is a nutritious soup with lots of flavour and crowd appeal and is really easy to make. This recipe feeds 6 – 8 people.
45ml butter 2 large leeks, sliced 2 onions, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 800g potato, diced (about 4 -5 large potatoes) 2 stock cubes (I use chicken but if you want to go vegetarian use vegetable cubes) 5ml salt 1,2ml black pepper 1,2 litre water 250ml cream
Preparing the leeks: Cut off the root ends and thick green parts. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and rinse under cold running water. Pull the layers apart and check that there is no dirt left.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the sliced leeks, onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the leeks and onion are soft and completely wilted. This should take about 10 minutes. Add the potato, stock cubes, salt, pepper and water and bring the mixture to the boil. Lower the heat, cover with a lid and cook gently for 25 minutes until the potato is very soft. Purée the mixture with a stick blender until completely smooth. Now add the cream and stir on a low heat for about 5 minutes. Serve the soup piping hot, sprinkled with croutons.
Making croutons: Preheat your oven to 180℃. Cut 4 slices from a day-old bread and slice off the crusts on all four sides. Cube the bread and spread it out on a baking tray. Drizzle the cubes with olive oil and give the bread cubes a mix with your hands. Bake for 5 minutes, shaking the baking sheet halfway through the cooking time, to spread and turn the cubes. Take the croutons from the oven and lightly sprinkle with salt.