You never know where you will stumble on the next great thing. It could be a new hobby, a new widget for your collection, or a great vacation deal. My most recent find was a new recipe, discovered in the folds of the grocery store coupon book. I was waiting in line at the store and flipping through it to see if there were any deals that I couldn’t pass up. Turns out there was: Winter Veggie Soup.
With the weather cold and over-cast, some hot home-made soup seemed like a perfect fit. My wife and I gathered the ingredients and set about putting everything together. Once the preparation is done, this recipe is about as simple as they come, you just have to sit back and wait for everything to cook once it is all combined in the saucepan.
- Large pot
- Chopping board
- Hand Blender
- Vegetable Peeler
- 3 tsp of Butter
- 3 medium Carrots (peeled and finely sliced) [Ours were a bit small, so we used 5]
- 3 leeks white part only (washed and finely sliced)
- 1 1/2 medium sized Onions (peeled and finely sliced)
- 4 cloves Garlic (finely sliced)
- 4 medium Potatoes (peeled and finely sliced) [Again on the small side, so we used 6]
- 1 Chicken Stock Cube
- 4 cups Water
- 2 tbs chopped Parsley
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Put 2 tsp butter, carrots, leeks, onions and garlic in pot over low to medium heat. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring once after 5 minutes.
Add potatoes, stock cube and water and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a further 25 minutes.
Blend until smooth or leave a little chunk if desired (since we don’t have a hand blender, we used a potato masher. It worked just fine for us!), then add the remaining butter. Salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with chopped parsley.
For a side, we sliced a demi-baguette, buttered the slices and toasted them in the oven. The slices were delicious with the soup, either dipped into or simply eaten along with it.
This soup was much better than we anticipated (we weren’t quite sure about the amount of onion called for in the recipe) and we will definitely be having it again. We both had second helpings and scraped the bowls clean with our last pieces of bread. The next day we finished it off. Our only complaint about this delicious meal is that we just didn’t make enough. There’s nothing better than an easy recipe that results in a delicious meal!