When I think of autumn, there’s only one dish that comes to mind: soup. I don’t like pumpkin, I'm not a sucker for Halloween sweets. But a good ol’ soup, for me, is what the October-November period is all about.
However, the beloved Heinz just doesn’t do it for me when it comes to tomato soup; I might as well be eating straight ketchup it’s so sweet. My personal soup recipe (which is less of a recipe and more of an improvised cooking performance) incorporates the best spices without blowing your head off. Better yet, it’s super healthy, which is more than you can say for most of my favourite foods.
I call this recipe Leftover Soup, as you can pretty much throw in anything you have in the fridge. That being said, the main things you will need are:
- 300 grams of tomatoes
- an onion
- A carrot
- Garlic (a fresh clove is probably best but I’m lazy, so I use powder)
- Italian herbs
- Celery salt (regular salt is fine, but celery salt is healthier)
- Olive oil
- Tiger bread
- Butter (salted, obviously)
Unfortunately, you do need a blender for this recipe which is something that not many students have. You can get one for as cheap as £11 online – they're super helpful for a lot of recipes so could be worth a splurge.
Here’s the action plan:
- Cut up your veggies. This is pretty self-explanatory; take the stalks off your tomato, peel your onion and carrot and chop em’ all up nice and small.
- While you’re doing this, heat up a saucepan and chuck in some olive oil.
- Put your vegetables in the pan and cook them until they’re soft.
- Take them out and let them cool for a while. Once they’ve cooled down a little pop them in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour this wondrous mixture into a big pot.
- This part of the cooking process is where I improvise. Chuck in your spices to your taste; if you love garlic, go wild with that. If you prefer spicier soup, add some chilli powder – you're a braver person than I.
- Bring your soup to a gentle boil.
- Butter your tiger bread, pour the soup into the bowl and enjoy!
This recipe is perfect for if you’re sick, you’ve walked home from uni in the cold, or if you need something you can heat up for lunch. For optimum coziness, throw a blanket over your feed and put a Youtube video of a fire on your laptop and you’ve achieved the autumn dream.
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