Its getting colder and my tummy craves soups - these are brilliant quick recipes for using up all the odd old veg hanging around in the fridge.
The ultimate vegetable soup is a meal in itse...lf, packed full with healthy veggies, spices and aromatics.
For the base ingredients
2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil, or 30g/1oz butter
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
For the aromatics
1 bouquet garni
and/or 1-2 fresh red chillies, de-seeded and chopped
or 1 tsp or more curry paste or curry powder or spices, e.g. cumin, fennel seeds, cinnamon, etc
For the main ingredients
1 potato, or other thickener if needed, peeled and cut into chunks
500g/18oz vegetables, prepared as appropriate and roughly chopped
For the liquid
1-1.5 litres/1¾-2¾ pints) vegetable or chicken stock, or vegetable cooking water, or a mixture of water and milk
freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil or butter gently in a large saucepan, then add the base ingredients, the aromatics and the main ingredients. Stir around to coat everything in the fat, then sweat very gently for 10-15 minutes.
Add 1litre/1¾pints of stock or other liquid, saving the rest for thinning down (if necessary), and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring up to the boil, then simmer gently for about 20 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.
Liquidise in several batches, and return to the pan. Thin down with the reserved stock, water or milk as required, and check the seasoning
Reheat when needed.