Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Recipe - Homemade Vegetable Soup.

The weather today has been one of these days...
Cold, blustery, rainy and perfect for staying in and doing nothing all day. Which is exactly what I've been doing! And I can't think of anything more appealing to eat when the weather is like that then soup.
I am not a culinary genius by any stretch of the imagination so this recipe is just a very very simple easy one which anyone can follow and that I've made up myself - no exact measurements or ingredients just work with anything you've got to hand. I've found this soup is perfect for the cold, rainy days for warming you through and keeping colds at bay.

What I used:

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 white onion, 1 red
  •  4 little carrots (2 big ones)
  • 1 large leek
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • knob of butter (hehe)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • nando's garlic sauce *optional*
Obviously you can completely alter the amounts, and the vegetables you use. I'd say this serves 5 people easily with big portions. I added the nando's sauce right at the end, I've never done it before but it was really nice. Added a teeny bit of spice and just a load of flavour. 


I roughly chopped the leek, garlic and onions. 

I then 'sweated' (such a grim word) them in the saucepan with a bit of olive oil until soft. 

After that I diced the potatoes and carrots into medium size chunks and added them to the saucepan.

Added the water and the OXO cubes (or your stock of preference) until everything was just covered, added a small knob of butter, seasoned it and then left to simmer for 20 minutes ish. Or until the potatoes and carrots were soft all the way through.

After this you should be getting that gorgeous soupy smell, and it's nearly ready. I put a splash of nando's garlic sauce in to bring out some of the flavour and add a bit of spice. I then left it to cool for about  5 minutes before I blended it because according to Sophia it's easier to blend (check out her spicy butternut sqaush soup recipe btw - looks amazing!) After that I blended it til it was thick and smooth but still had chunks of veg in it.

And after that, DONE! Easy as that. It barely takes 30 minutes all in all and it's a really tasty, healthy meal for when you need something to warm you up. I'd love to see if any of you make it or anything similar, please leave any recipe suggestions. 

Q- What's your favourite autumn meal?

Lots of Love, Daisy xxx