100_1610Last night I made a tasty soup that used ALOT of the vegetables we had lying around.  Husband and I had already done a big shop (and bought lots of veg), but then a friend gave us a bag full since she was going away for the weekend.  Therefore, I decided to use a ton of veg in one go.  This soup ended up making enough for 3 LARGE bowls. I might suggest adding a bit more liquid, as the soup came out more of a vegetable stew or chowder. So, if you like it thick and chunky–keep to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 leek, chopped into fairly thick rings and washed
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped chunky
  • 200-250g of spinach, washed
  • A quarter of a cup of dried red lentils (or any kind of lentil or bean)
  • 5 slices of large chorizo (or about 30-40 g)
  • 3 medium-large tomatoes, diced largely
  • 1 ear of sweetcorn, kernels removed from cob
  • 2 large carrots, cut into coins
  • 2 stalks of celery, cut into chunks
  • Small handful of fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • Small handful of fresh tarragon, chopped fine
  • Tbsp (roughly) of dried dill
  • tsp (roughly) of dried garlic
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • About a pint of water
  • Splash of Maggi
  • 2 soup spoons of sour cream
  • Oil for frying

I heated the oil in a large soup pot, and then added the onions, leek, carrot, red lentils and chorizo.  If making this veggie, you can omit the chorizo and replace the chicken stock cube with another vegetable cube.  Let this sweat a bit, then start adding the spinach (make sure its washed).

Once the spinach has completely wilted, add the chopped tomatoes and herbs and spices. Stir, then add the stock cubes and water. I think I used about a pint, but add some water gradually, until all the veg is covered (but not by loads). Turn up the heat and bring to a boil.  Then, reduce the heat, cover, and wait about 15 minutes or so.  Add the sweetcorn after the 15 minutes are up, the spoonfuls of sour cream (which was a whim of mine, but it can be omitted), and the splash of maggi to taste. I added the sweetcorn later, because I like it a bit crunchy! Add some salt and pepper to taste (if you like).

If you fancy–blitz it up for a few seconds with a hand mixer or in a blender. You might need to add more liquid to get the consistency you want.

Garnish with extra herbs and  or a splodge of sour cream!

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