Sunday, 3 February 2013

More Glorious Soup Recipes............

Yep, soup is on the menu again, don't think I'll ever get bored of soup, so warming especially during these chilly days!  Hopefully I'll keep on inspiring you :)  But not just one soup but two, on the left we have Golden Vegetable Soup from the Hairy Dieters Cookbook and Tomato & Red Pepper Soup from yours truly.  Double yum:)

Ingredients for Golden Vegetable Soup

1 small butternut squash (about 850g) chopped
4 medium carrots (about 375g) chopped
2 medium parsnips (about 325g) chopped
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves (we used 4!)
2 tablespoons sunflower oil (I used 2 tablespoons coconut oil)
1 litre vegetable or chicken stock (I used vegetable)
Seasoning to taste
Low fat natural yoghurt (I used low fat creme fraiche)
Chives to garnish (optional) I couldn't find any so didn't use or I would have!

Ingredients for Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
500g pack Italian Chopped Tomatoes with Basil
4 fresh vine ripened plum tomatoes, chopped roughly
2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
500ml vegetable stock
Seasoning to taste
2 tablespoons Total 0% fat free plain yoghurt

Method for Tomato & Pepper Soup

Melted the oil in the soup maker then sauteed the onions for a couple of minutes.  Added the peppers and fresh tomatoes, cooked / blended for several minutes.  Next added the chopped tomatoes and seasoning.  Blitzed before adding the stock.  Cooked for a further 8 minutes till I was happy with the consistency.  Blended the yoghurt through the soup before serving, delicious!

As the vegetables in the Golden Vegetable Soup were more bulky to start with I sweated them down in a pan first, then slowly added it to the Soup Maker to blend and continue the recipe which you'll find in their book.  This soup was definitely thicker, bit like eating puree and was very filling and satisfying.  Like having a big hug! 

What's some of your favourite soup recipes, share in the comments box below.

Till my next blog, stay well and healthy
Amanda :)

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