My Wife does Vegetable Soup

My Wife surprised me with this request, “I want to make a vegetable soup!” She said.

“Blimey, that’s out of left field” I said “What is wrong with you?” “Are you ill.” “You never want my vegetable soups.”

She said. “No Chillies, chilli powder, anything spicy and we are going easy on the pepper.” “Okay” I said, slightly taking offense. “Let’s do it together”. “Ooh Err” she said putting on her pinnie…..

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 990 (247.5 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 2 small carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 2 leeks chopped
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatos
  • 1 tsp of parsley
  • 1 tsp of sweet paprika
  • 150 grams of Red Lentils
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Knorr vegetable stockpots or equivalents
  • Add hot water to (level 2 in soupmaker) or to cover the vegetables

Method:

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done untill smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water

French Onion Soup

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 620 (155 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 6 onions peeled and chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Knorr beef stockpot or equivalents
  • Add hot water to (level 2 in soupmaker) or to cover the vegetables

Method:

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done untill smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water

Ham & Lentil Soup

After a week back at work and eating loads of good food, I need to get back to making simple and quick soups. This is what I am going to call my “Everyday Range”.

A few ingredients maybe three to six basic vegetables that are easily available and even easier to put into a soup kettle and produce a great tasty lunch. Soups you can have at work, at lunch or the weekend. Soups that you use to replace a few strategic dinners in the week.

Healthier, less calorific and filling.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 748 (187 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 6 small carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 Slices of ham ripped or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of hot smoked paprika
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 150 grams of Red Lentils
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Knorr chicken and 1 vegetable stockpot or equivalents
  • Add hot water to (level 2 in soupmaker) or to cover the vegetables

Method:

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done untill smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water

Easier Potato and Leek Soup

After Christmas “use up what’s left” style of soup.  I was inspired by a soup I had at a conference, it was a vegetable soup and I found it really tasty. While all around me were eating volumes of mini beef and ale or chicken and leek pies, with chips. Having no concern about me. I stuck to my guns and stayed with the healthier options.

Have found that this easy soup is really good at making you feel better. Its tasty, its velvety and its above all easy.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 665 (167 calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large leeks chopped (remove leaves)
  • 4 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 2 vegetable stockpots (any will do)
  • Salt
  • Plenty of Pepper to taste
  • Add hot water to (level 1 in the soupmaker the higher one) or 1 litre in the pan

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to chunky.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until chunky.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.
  • Optional: Serve with crusty bread or some yogurt, crème fraiche or cream for a creamier taste.

My road to recovery soup

I have been suffering with a chesty cold. I finally succumbed to the dreaded thing on the weekend and confined myself to the sick sofa. Taking remedies, keeping warm and watching telly were the order of the day.

However by about 1 pm I was getting hungry and found myself in need of a thickish creamy soup to rescue me from my downward spiral towards man-flu. I turned to the always ready potato and onion for my recovery soup. I know it should be a chicken soup but I was not in the mood for prepping and cooking the chicken.

This is a triumph of a smooth, creamy and very tasty soup. If I didn’t know better I would say that I have happened onto a medical miracle. My skills as a soupy alchemist are finally coming to the fore as I recover from my brush with man-flu.

Serves: 4

Approximate Calories: 559 (140 –  calories per serving) 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil (other types of oil will do)
  • 1 knob of butter, unsalted
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium potatos, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of mixed herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 vegetable stockpots
  • Add hot water to (level 1 or 2 in the soupmaker whichever suit you)

Method

  • Put all ingredients in the soup maker and set to smooth.
  • Alternatively put all of the ingredients into the pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minute’s or so, then blend when done until smooth.
  • For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker soup add less water.