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Tomato or Veg?
Member Name: angelboouk
Advantages: quick and cheap to make, freezes well
Disadvantages: soup pots can be expensive
My Dad makes the most delicious homemade soup and I asked him to show me how to make it properly after a few failed attempts due to me not putting enough stock in or under/overcooking the ingredients. I now consider myself perfectly able of making delicious homemade soup and normally batch cook and freeze my soups.
It is currently -1 and I have just had a delicious, piping hot bowl of homemade vegetable soup that I made last weekend and took out the freezer last night. Perfect for this type of weather and I have the ingredients in to make more soup to freeze tomorrow! I have a huge pot (bought from Wilkos for around £12.00). I like blended up soup and own a Tesco Value Handblender (less than £5.00) which is perfect for the job. Tubs suitable for the freezer are super cheap and my latest purchases include some at 59p from Asda.
I started off buying bags of carrots and soup packs but hated peeling and chopping so I now buy some pre-packed bits and pieces to save time (and my fingers)! I buy the following which is enough for six huge bowls of soup. Ingredients are from Asda but you can buy similar in Tesco and other supermarkets.
*Bags of diced carrot and swede : 500g x 3 bags (50p each = £1.50)
*Bag of chopped onions : 225g x 1 bag (50p)
*Leeks : 500g pack (£1.00)
*Potatoes : I just use four or five from a big bag (approx 70p)
*Stock - I use a few stock cubes mixed with enough boiling water to cover the vegetables. I prefer veg or chicken stock and normally opt for Knorr.
*Optional - I like some mild chilli powder sprinkled in my soup during cooking. I sometimes add different spices for something different. Its all about suiting your personal tastes.
Less than £4.00 for a huge pot and cheaper if you bulk buy ingredients or take advantage of special offers.
The quick way to make this is to fire the diced carrot, swede and chopped onion in the pot, peel and chop some potatoes into small pieces and the chop the leek. Fill up with stock and let it all cook away. I find that it takes a good 30-45mins to fully cook. I prefer cooking with the smaller diced ingredients as I find they cook a lot easier. Once cooked (the veg will be soft) I allow the soup to cool a little bit and then whizz it up with my handblender before dividing it up into containers for freezing.
I enjoy eating this soup as it is warm, filling and made from fresh ingredients. It keeps well in the freezer and tastes delicious once defrosted and re-heated. I don't even feel the need to add salt or pepper and it is filling enough for me to have without the need for bread. It is also very much Slimming World friendly and a great way of getting vegetables into your system.
I always favoured Heinz tomato soup but I have learned a quick, homemade version which is Slimming World friendly and doesn't even really need cooked so it is really quick to prepare and very cheap! You will need :
*Tin of baked beans
*Tin of carrots
*Tin of chopped tomatoes
*1/2 pint of stock
*A few pickled onions
Put everything in a pot or container and whizz up with a hand blender. Re-heat when ready to eat. If you want to make more than a few bowls just double the ingredients. The above ingredients are store-cupboard stables and very cheap. I find I can make a few bowls of this tomato soup for under £1.20. It isn't 'quite' as nice as appealing as Heinz but I find it to be quite nice as a change from veg soup.
There are so many things you can add to a soup. My Dad usually adds ham hock of beef and I have known people to add other vegetables like celery and turnip but I like a simple vegetable soup. Soup is easy to make and quite cheap. I find it more satisfying to eat a homemade bowl of soup than a tinned soup now.
Thanks for looking. x
Summary: I love my homemade soup!