With both Gary and I both having been struck down somewhat in the prime of life recently (90's F.R.I.E.N.D.S reference there) this weekend was all about the sofa, the duvet, and great big bowlfuls of this soup, whilst we tried to nurse ourselves back to health. This is the way my Mum used to make soup, packed full of veggies, thick enough to stand your spoon up in, and seasoned to perfection. It is my ultimate vegetable soup, easy to make, and with nothing but goodness in every spoonful. The recipe is loose, feel free to substitute some of the vegetables to suit, or use vegetable stock instead of chicken. To paraphrase Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean films...
(makes enough for approx 6 portions)
2 litres Chicken Stock
2 small onions
3 cloves garlic
5 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 medium potatoes
1/2 butternut squash
1/2 medium swede
1 small broccoli head
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel and roughly chop all the vegetables...
Place in a large pan with the chicken stock, and simmer for around 1 hour, until all the vegetables are soft...
Using a handheld blender, whizz the vegetables until smooth (make sure there are no chunks of veg hiding at the bottom...
Season with plenty of salt and pepper to taste - don't be stingy with the seasoning. Then serve in big bowls, with plenty of bread and butter for dunking. Perfect!
As a healthy, inexpensive, and definitely tasty meal, I am linking this into this month's Feel Good Food...