I love soup, and I do make a good batch now and then. When I first discovered how easy soup was to make, I was amazed. I always thought that it would be impossible to replicate those Heinz tins. The good news is that it is easy to vastly improve on any tinned soup!
I tend to base my soups on potato’s, which make a nice thick soup which is a quite ‘creamy’ for a vegan palate when liquidised. I then use complimentary flavours to make the soup special or unique. The recipes change depending what I have in. This particular soup was produced from the following
- 3 large carrots
- 4 potatoes
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 leek
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves garlic
I peeled and chopped the carrots, potatoes and sweet potato and steamed them til done. Meanwhile I chopped then fried the onion for a few minutes til starting to brown and added the chopped leek. Then I quite roughly chopped and crushed the garlic, which was put in with the other fried ingredients for a minute or two.
When the steamed veg was ready I added the steam water to the onion and leek mix, stirred in the steamed veg and added some seasoning. I blended it all til smooth and tucked in. Using carrots and sweet potatoes gives a soup a beautiful vibrant colour which definitely adds.
I served this with thick bread and some cut ‘living salad’ from Lidl; it was gorgeous.
This is the method I use for the heartier type of soup, more wintery than summery. This standard recipe can be tweaked to change the flavour by adding complimentary falvourings. But always natural flavours never msg, of course. Carrot works well with coriander, ginger and orange, believe it or not. So mixing in some of one of these will give the soup a completely different feel. The leaves add to it too, this made it more summery and seeing as yesterday was the first really sunny warm day of the year, it was a nice touch, even if I do say so myself.
I think the take home message is, have a little experiment, find something that works and have a little mess around with it and see if it works. If you stick to complementary flavours, tomato and basil are another safe bet, you’re onto a winner.