I’ve been making and eating a lot of soup lately. It’s a great way to use up leftovers, a cheat’s way to get more veg into the diet, and an ideal way to warm up again after a morning sat stationary in front of my computer!
Most of my soups are made very simply: fry a finely diced onion in butter with a sprinkling of dried herbs, add some garlic, add chopped vegetables of your choice, add stock. Boil, blend, season and serve. Sometimes I add a spot of milk or extra veg stock to achieve the right texture (I’m not keen of soup that more closely resembles baby food!) and I change the seasonings and spices to suit the flavours. Wholegrain mustard and turmeric are store-cupboard essentials where soup is concerned.
Leftover cauliflower cheese and potato soup:
Fry onions, add diced potato and cover with veg stock. Boil until potatoes are barely holding together, then add leftover cauliflower cheese and wholegrain mustard (assuming you haven’t put wholegrain mustard in your caluiflower cheese – which I always do!). Blend and serve with crusty, buttery bread, garnished with cheddar cubes.
I’m always on the lookout for new soup recipes at this time of year – in fact, soup lunches may well be one of my favourite things about Autumn/Winter days! I think my favourite is ham hock broth, but that’s so far from a quick whip-up lunch, is kinda falls into a different category altogether…
What’s your soup flavour of choice – do you have a favourite recipe? And if so, would you like to share??