I’m not the world’s greatest chef, nor am I totally useless in the kitchen.
I’m somewhere around average, and when I have time I can usually muster up something fairly decent. Something I’m pretty confident with is soup – homemade, fresh soup, which, in the colder months, is a total godsend. I make up a batch most weeks for lunches at work and I wanted to share my repertoire. I pretty much circulate these three offerings, but they’re all varied enough to keep me satisfied.
First up, I’ve got a childhood favourite. Lentil and tomato. This is my mum’s trademark soup, and it can be used without so much stock to work as pasta sauce also.
1 celery stick (optional – I rarely use this!)
125g red lentils
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1.5 pints of vegetable stock
Salt and pepper
1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Because I’m watching my weight, I start with a squirt of Fry Light in a large saucepan. I throw in the chopped onion and fry it off until it softens. This is where you’ll add the celery if you have it. After that, it’s a case of chucking it all in – tomatoes followed by the lentils and stock. Season, add the lemon juice and bring to the boil. Simmer until lentils are soft and then blend to make a smooth soup. Simple!
Up next is a healthier twist on the classic Leek and potato. I discovered this version when I was on Slimming World last time and it’s genuinely super tasty.
1 large onion
1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
1 large leek
Salt and pepper
150g fat-free natural fromage frais
You can play with any of these simple soups as much as you want. I sometimes add chilli to the lentil or butternut squash ones, to add a little kick. And I have added fromage frais to them in the past too, to make them a bit creamier. There’s no real rights and wrongs with soups and it’s a great way to use up what’s in the fridge!
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