The beauty of this soup, is you can add whatever vegetables you have lurking in the fridge, odds and ends welcome.
This particular version makes enough for two hearty portions of around 370 calories per portion so perfect if like me you are on a healthy eating regime or fat fighting.
|Winter Vegetable Soup|
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 red chilli (optional)
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 carrots
- 3 parsnips
- 2 leeks
- 50g peas (I used Birdseye Frozen Peas)
- 1 Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot made up with 1 pint water (or other vegetable or chicken stock)
- Black pepper
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Firstly add the coconut oil to a thick bottomed pan and switch onto a low heat.
Now peel and finely dice the onion and garlic and add to the pan. Slice the chilli if you are using and add to the pan.
Allow to soften whilst you prepare the vegetables: peel and dice the carrots and parsnips and slice the leeks.
After a few minutes add the leeks to the pan and allow to gently fry for two minutes before adding the carrot, parsnip and peas. Now top up with the stock, add the bay leaf and a generous pinch of black pepper.
Pop the lid on and cook on a gentle heat for thirty minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for fifteen minutes. Now blitz with a hand blender or pop into a blender.
Return to the pan and re-heat till piping hot. Serve with crusty bread if your calorie count allows. Enjoy!