Hearty Vegetable Soup

This is one of my latest favourite recipes, hearty vegetable soup. It makes up a huge batch of soup to feet a tribe or feed a few and have some to freeze. I’m a great fan when busy of cooking up large batches of whatever I am making and portioning up the leftovers into meal sized containers. So when you don’t have time you can just pull it out and reheat instead of ordering take-away. Healthier option and better on the back pocket.

As I’ve said before I prefer organic where possible. There are now a few options you can check out in Newcastle including:

Ingredients Be aware that there are just soooo many different versions of vegetable soup you can make:

  • 2 head of cauliflower
  • 2 leek
  • 1 kg of carrots
  • 1 head of garlic (not a clove a whole head)
  • 1 head of celery
  • 2 tins coconut cream
  • 2 tins diced tomatoes or the equivalent in fresh tomatoes
  • Water
  • Vegetable stock (If you are using a store bought stock check the salt content is not too high or get a no salt version)
  • Water
  • Herbs of your choice to taste.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Dry soup mix (lentils, pearl barley and the like)

Method:

  • Pretty simple really clean and cut up the leek making sure you wash close to the roots as that’s where the soil gets trapped. I usually slice the leek down the middle and separate the leaves as I’m washing them.
  • Peel carrots and cut up.
  • Cut up broccoli.
  • De-leave and cut up celery.
  • Peel and dice garlic.
  • Prepare vegetable stock if you need to.
  • Slice leek and add to a soup pot with the olive oil and put them on a low heat. Essentially you want to fry them up lightly before adding some water. I like my soups to be thick and chunky so I go light on the water. If you are not sure better off putting in 500ml then adding extra later if you need it.
  • Once the water is added put in the tins of tomatoes and coconut cream.
  • Add the soup stock and stir in.
  • Add the soup mix
  • Add the rest of the vegetables.
  • The water does not have to cover everything as gradually things will reduce down as they cook.
  • Pop a lid on and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiled bring back to a simmer.
  • Now you can leave the soup simmer for quite a while. The longer you leave it the more flavour it will have. Generally I will leave mine on for at least 2-3 hours. If you do this make sure you have a thick bottomed soup pot otherwise it will burn more easily. Alternatively keep checking and stirring every 20 minutes.
  • You can also add herbs or spices to taste. I’ve even thrown in green curry paste so it can be adapted to your own palate.
  • I prefer to use a hand blender to smooth out the vegetable soup a little but again I still like it chunky so I don’t blend it for long

Serves a tonne of mouths. I love making this for a a group of friends and having it by the outdoor fire pit we have.
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Jeff Shearer has been in practice since 1995 and
loves sharing his knowledge on better ways to live.

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