Two more soups

I’ve been honing a couple of my regular soups. Plus, it happens to be #StopFoodWasteDay today – both soups help reduce waste, either by using items from the freezer, or finding a use for leftover leaves from salad bags. I’ve made the second soup with Little Gem remnants, rocket, and with mixed leaves, all of which add a nice depth of flavour.

Butternut squash soup with a chilli kick
(makes 2 good-sized bowlfuls)

1 large onion, chopped
a little oil
1 500g bag frozen butternut squash (or 1 large, fresh squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped)
2 large red chillies, 1 chopped plus 1 whole one for the pot
1 large potato
1 vegetable stock
seasoning to taste

Heat oil or butter in a large saucepan and soften onion for a few minutes.

Add the chopped chilli, stir for a few minutes, add the butternut squash, potato, crumble in the stock cube and add enough water to cover the veg plus another half inch. Score down one side of the whole chilli and add to the saucepan. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or so.

Remove whole chilli (although I guess you could just blitz it in if you want a bigger kick), blend contents of saucepan and add more boiled water if needed. Season and serve.

Verdict: A good earthy, warming soup. I’m a bit of a chilli wimp so if you like more heat in your life/soup, ramp up the chilli level …

Courgette and salad soup

(makes two good-sized bowlfuls)

1 large onion, chopped
a little oil or butter
2 courgettes, sliced
1 large potato, diced
leftover salad leaves
1 vegetable stock cube
season to taste

Heat oil or butter in a large saucepan and soften onion for a few minutes.

Add courgette and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in potato, crumble stock cube into saucepan and add salad leaves. Pour in enough boiling water to cover vegetables to about half an inch above them. Stir, cover and leave to simmer for 20 minutes or so or until potatoes are soft.

Blend to desired consistency, adding more boiled water if too thick.

Verdict: a good soup, fresh coriander would work well in this too

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