Sunday, July 01, 2007

Soup, Soup, A Tasty Soup

Due to bad weather and the on-set of a cold, I've not done much this weekend, except make soup! Not what you'd expect in the height of summer, but there you go.

It started with my sister's Weight Watchers No Points Vegetable Soup. No, I'm not dieting and nor to my mind should my sister be at Weight Watchers but that is a separate issue - I just wanted an easy-to-make soup.


Ingredients:
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 small onion, diced
2 gloves garlic, minced
500ml stock,
1/2 small green/white cabbage, shredded
100g green beans
1tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp dried basil & 1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 courgette, diced


Method:

Spray a large saucepan with low fat cooking spray, heat. Sauté the carrots, onion, and garlic over a low heat untill softened, about 5 minutes.

Add stock, cabbage, beans, tomato puree, basil , oregano and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered for about 15 minutes or untill the beans are tender.



Stir in the courgette and heat for 3-4 minutes. Serve hot.

I serve it along with a huge chunk of baguette which completely negates the zero points factor!







Then I discovered a recipe for a Tomato and Courgette Soup on the back of my jar of Basil, so I made that today.



Ingredients:


1 onion, chopped
150g courgette, grated
garlic
1 can of chopped tomatoes
550ml vegetable stock
2 tsp of basil







Soften the onion in olive oil. Stir in the courgettes and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.


Add the stock, tomatoes and basil. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.



Serve, again preferably with a load of bread!





It was very easy to make even for a cooking novice like me and delicious. Perhaps now I'll stop spending a good proportion of my wages on soup from Eat every week and make my own more often.


Soup-eating is the only good thing about this awful weather.

6 comments:

M said...

Hope you are feeling better now! The soups sound great.

I also experimented in the kitchen on Saturday, driven in by some rainy weather. I tried to make scones - cranberry scones. They were edible, but nothing like the authentic ones. *sigh*

SandDancer said...

Thanks - I am feeling better.

The quest for authentic scones really has become your Mission Impossible, hasn't it? I wish I had some way of sending you some but I don't think they'd get through Customs or be particularly edible on arrival. You'll just have to holiday in the UK again soon.

M said...

Yes, I'm concluding that they'll have to be yet another reason to visit the UK. They just can't be replicated here, which may be a good thing in the interest of keeping my girlish figure. :):)

Roses said...

Yummy. I like making soup from scratch, it's very therapeutic. Something about making it and eating it (or slurping it in my case), it's so soothing. Perfect comfort food.

SandDancer said...

Yes, making it was very therapeutic too.

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