Soup – such a simple, short word that belies the depth of variety and flavours to be had from this liquid food. From light consommé to thick, hearty stews containing delicious chunks of meat and vegetables, soups serve to make wonderful meals and are great for using up leftovers and vegetables close to their sell by dates.
1 onion, peeled, sliced and chopped
1.2l of vegetable stock
900g of frozen peas
2 tsp of dried mint (or couple of sprigs of fresh mint, washed and finely chopped)
Salt and pepper to season
Dawn: There’s nothing to beat the taste of a really good, homemade soup and the real benefit of crafting your own is that you know exactly what has gone in to it.
Andrew: Yes, and I really like how soups can be served piping hot or chilled – which remind me of Mediterranean holidays!
Dawn: Dreaming in the kitchen! Yet that’s the beauty of food: it can transport us to places and times bringing make memories whilst creating new ones. So, let’s press on and create a memorable meal here.
- Place the onion in a medium sized saucepan and add a little of the vegetable stock. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the onion starts to become transparent in look.
- Add the frozen peas and the rest of the stock. Bring to boiling point and then lower the heat to low, to allow the ingredients to simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the peas are soft. Test with a fork by prodding a pea or two to test if they are soft.
- Add the mint and sample the taste. Add seasoning.
- With a hand held blender, blend the ingredients until all are combined. Serve with warmed, crusty bread.
Andrew: Soups can have traditional accompaniments such as croutons and grated cheese that are served with French onion soup as well as ingredients such as cream or yoghurt swirled on top like here.
Dawn: Or crispy bacon bits, fresh herbs – even small pasta pieces! You can just about use anything that compliments the main ingredients and enhances a soup’s flavours. You really are only limited by your own imagination!
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