RECIPE: Vegetable Soup #1

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There are multiple ways of making vegetable soup using a variety of ingredients, hence the title of ‘Vegetable Soup #1’. I will no doubt, in time, list many more versions of this simple but tasty soup. You can make it using any vegetable you like and is a great way of using up any vegetables that are sat in your refrigerator. Here is just one of the ways of making a delicious vegetable soup that serves six people. 

Ingredients for Vegetable Soup

  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1 courgette (zucchini)
  • 1 tin of garden peas
  • 1.5 litres of vegetable stock
  • 2 oz of butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper

 

How to Make Vegetable Soup

  1. Dice the celery, potatoes, carrots, courgette, and onions.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large pan over a medium heat on the hob.
  3. Add the diced vegetables and saute in the pan for approximately ten minutes until they are beginning to soften.
  4. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the tin of peas and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook for a further five minutes. 
  8. Blend the soup using either a food processor or a hand blender to the consistency of your choice. 
  9. Serve into soup bowls with warm crusty bread. 
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RECIPE: Easy Tomato, Courgette, and Bell Pepper Soup

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Even a culinary novice can whip together a soup as they are one of the easiest dishes to make. This tomato, courgette, and bell pepper soup is quick and simple to make and is perfect as either a starter or a family meal served with bread or croutons. It is also equally as suitable as a warming dish in the winter months or as a refreshing dish during summer. This soup is also cheap to make, packed full of nutrients, and a great vegetarian option. Here is how to make tomato, courgette, and bell pepper soup. 

Ingredients for Tomato, Courgette and Bell Pepper Soup

  • 3 medium courgettes (zucchini)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Handful fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Sour cream or creme fraiche for serving
  • Olive oil for cooking

How to Make Tomato, Courgette and Bell Pepper Soup

  1. Chop the onions, peppers, and courgettes then crush the garlic.
  2. Heat some olive oil over a medium heat in a large pan.
  3. Add the chopped onions and peppers and cook until softened.
  4. Add the crushed garlic and chopped courgettes.
  5. Sprinkle over the vegetable stock cubes and add enough boiled water over the vegetables to cover. 
  6. Bring to a simmer and then add the tinned tomatoes.
  7. Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste.
  8. Take most of the fresh basil and roughly tear before adding to the pan. Save some basil as a garnish for the top of the soup.
  9. Cook the soup for 20 minutes then remove from heat and leave to cool for a while.
  10. Blend the soup, with either a blender or a hand blender, to your preferred consistency. 
  11. Serve into soup bowls and add a swirl of either soured cream of creme fraiche and a sprig of basil.
  12. Serve the soup alone or with croutons or warm crusty bread. 

Tips

Tomatoes- Use fresh tomatoes if you prefer.

Garlic– the garlic is optional and just adds an extra level of flavour. If you are not a fan of garlic, leave this ingredient out. 

Spice it up- If you are a fan of spice, it is simple to add some spiciness to this dish. Either add a chopped chilli or some paprika to the dish; both work well.

Peppers- You can add any colour you like. I only use one red and one yellow for the colour.