The days are getting mighty chilly in my corner of the world. One of my favourite ways to warm up is with a big bowl of hearty soup. This veggie soup is one of my all-time favourites. I love it because it’s simple to make, it’s great for using up leftover vegetables and it freezes well.
4 cups vegetable stock
3 medium potatoes
1 medium brown onion
2 cloves garlic
1 400g tin of chickpeas, butter beans or cannelini beans
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
salt and pepper to taste.
(You can also add in any other vegetables you like. I’ll throw in anything I’ve got in the fridge that’s on it’s last legs).
-Put the stock into a large pot and bring to a brisk simmer on the stove
– Chop and peel all of your vegetables.
– Add the vegetables and herbs to the pot.
-Turn the temperature down low and simmer on low for at least 30 minutes.
– Serve with crusty bread, crackers or a sprinkling of cheddar cheese on top.
That’s it! This is also a brilliant recipe for slow-cooking. Just put all of your ingredients into your slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
This soup will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days after cooking. It’s also suitable to freeze. I usually make a big batch at the start of winter and freeze it in individual portions for lunches.
Also, if you prefer a smooth soup, you can always blend this to a puree with a stick blender.
Do you have a favourite winter-warmer recipe?