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Baked soup recipe and other flavours

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Don’t you just love a good soup? I eat soup every day and love experimenting with local produce and great flavours. I usually use a pressure cooker to make soups, but I got to thinking recently, what if you don’t have one?

Using a pressure cooker makes a 15-minute soup possible. Of course you could boil the vegetables and add seasoning, but it is so much easier to pop everything in the pot at once. A baked soup admittedly, it takes longer, but hands on time is the same as using the pressure cooker.

To make great soup you really need a food processor or blender or a mouli if you can find one. Whilst you can eat chunky soup, a smooth mix goes down better with most people.

Choose your vegetables for soup

Vegetables to inspire you to make great soup!

7 Key Tips for a Great Soup

  • Always add onion and garlic.
  • Avoid adding potato, it can give the soup and unpleasant texture when blended.
  • There’s no need to add stock, spices and herbs will bring all the flavour you need.
  • If you are using a vegetable that’s difficult to peel, such as Jerusalem artichokes or squash, leave the skin on and peel afterwards.
  • Cut pieces evenly so they cook at the same rate.
  • Be generous with your herbs and spices
  • Use up vegetables that are a little past their best. A great way to avoid waste.

Soup Recipes

Baked Soup

You can vary the vegetables and herbs used depending on the season. Be generous with the herbs. You’ll need a large dish where the vegetables can be laid out in one layer if possible and foil to cover.

Baked Soup

This is such an easy way to make soup. After chopping up the vegetables, you simply leave the vegetables to bake, then process them when done. 
Course lunch, Soup
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author breadbakerdanielle

Ingredients

  • 750 gr Mixed vegetables: eg squash, sweet potato, peppers, carrots, parsnips
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed and peel removed
  • 200 gr onions, red or white
  • 1 handful Mixed fresh herbs: bay leaves, rosemary, sage, thyme etc
  • 20 ml Oil - rapeseed or olive
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC /Gas 6/400°F
  • Wash the vegetables and peel the root vegetables. Chop into equal sizes
    Cut the vegetables into even slices
  • Chop the onions.
  • Place all the vegetables in the dish with the herbs and half the oil. Mix so that each piece is covered with oil. Add the half of oil.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for approx 45 minutes or until the vegetables are soft
  • Remove the bay leaves if using as they will not breakdown when processing the soup.
  • Add to liquidiser or food processor add 500 ml water and process until you have a smooth puree. You may well need more water.
  • Return to the pan and check the seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Sweet Potato, Pepper and Tamarind Soup

Sweet potato and pepper soup

This is one of my favourite soups and one I make regularly. Seek out the long red peppers although any pepper will do and you'll need Tamarind Paste. It is relatively easy to find.
Course lunch, Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author breadbakerdanielle

Ingredients

  • 150 Red, green or yellow peppers
  • 500 gr Sweet potato
  • 200 gr Red onion
  • 1/2 Fresh red chilli
  • 15 ml Tamarind paste
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Chop all the vegetables into equal size pieces 1 inch/ 2 cm.
    Cut the vegetables into even slices
  • Pop all the ingredients (except salt and pepper) into the pressure cooker and add 500 ml water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 10 to 15 minutes. Release the pressure and then taste
  • Add salt and pepper or a little more tamarind paste if needed
  • Blend adding more water as required to a consistency you like and serve.
It's easy to make soup, just follow my 7 easy tips. Bake your vegetables, mix up and you're done

It’s easy to make soup, just follow my 7 easy tips

What’s your favourite soup?

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Brad Harris
    27/03/2017 at 16:40

    You say ‘peppers’. Are you talking red, green, orange? Or are you suggesting something a bit more spicy?

    Thanks,
    Brad

    • Reply
      breadbakerdanielle
      28/03/2017 at 08:31

      Hi Brad, You’d need to use bell peppers rather than spicy. We tend to use peppers in the Uk for all non-spicy items!

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