You know when someone mentions something food related and it’s all you can think about? Like all those adverts for cheese over Christmas that had my father and me practically drooling over the television? Well, that happened with me yesterday but for soup.
I got home, looked in the cupboard to see what vegetables we had and threw them together with some spices to make…well. A very, very tasty soup. I tweeted about it and was bombarded with requests (okay, two or three people asked me) for the recipe. So here we go.
Ingredients (Will make 4-8 servings, depending on how greedy you are) (It’s okay, I’m very greedy)
- 3 medium/large leeks
- 150g carrots
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 1 lemongrass stick/Easy Lemongrass
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 large red pepper
- 1 large green pepper
- Fromage frais/crème fraiche to serve.
So. Slice the leeks and carrots. Put them in a large saucepan and cover with water. Then sprinkle in one vegetable stock cube. Peel and chop the cloves of garlic and add them too, along with either the lemongrass stick or half a teaspoon of Easy Lemongrass. Put the pan over the heat and cover.
Whilst the pan is over the heat, pre-heat the oven to 200C. Then chop the two peppers into chunks. Put in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil/spray with Fry Light, and roast for 15 minutes.
When they’re done, they’ll look a little bit like this.
Pop the peppers into the pan with the leeks (which should be bubbling away merrily by now) and let it bubble for another five minutes.
Take the pan off the heat. Add some salt, some black pepper and half a teaspoon of coriander. Then blitz it, either in a food processor or using a hand blender. I went for the hand blender, just because I so very rarely get to use it.
When fully blended, it should look something like this:
Then you just have to pop it in some bowls and add a dollop of fromage frais (if you’re being healthy) or creme fraiche (if you’re not) on top. Sprinkle over some chopped coriander/mixed herbs and voila!
I like how the dollop is almost in a heart shape.
It made a very tasty, warming and filling lunch, anyway.