Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Recipe Template: Pureed Vegetable Soup

    Long ago, I curated the following recipe to make soup with basically any vegetable. I fancied myself quite clever for reducing a zillion recipes into one catch-all. The essence is that any pureed vegetable soup requires some oil or butter, a pungent flavour base, a spice, a broth, a vegetable and a blender. That's really it. Ultimately, it requires the user to understand that nutmeg goes well with green vegetables and curry is well-suited to carrots or cauliflower, but you can't really do any wrong. Add a potato, remove a potato. The world is your soup pot. Be adventurous.

    Aromatics: 1 cooking onion/ 2 leeks/ 4 shallots (or any combination of all)
    2 cloves of garlic/ 1 thumb sized piece of ginger (optional)
    1 tsp of the spice of your choice: nutmeg/ thyme/ curry
    1 russet potato, chopped (optional)
    3 cups of vegetable, chopped (carrot, broccoli, mushroom, cauliflower, celery, etc.)
    3 or so cups of chicken/vegetable/beef broth (enough to cover)
    1 cup of 2% milk/ evaporated milk/ coconut milk/ cream (optional)
    dollop of sour cream/ grated parmigiano-reggiano/ hot sauce
    sea salt and freshly-cracked pepper
    1/2 cup of chives/ parsley/ cilantro


    1. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat, add onions (or other aromatics.) Cook until softened (7 minutes.) Add garlic and spices; cook 1 minute until you can smell the aroma.
    2. Add vegetables and soup broth. Increase heat until gently boiling. Reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
    3. Puree mixture in a blender. (Strain if desired, but I hardly ever do.)
    4. Add milk, cream or coconut milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with freshly chopped herbs.
    Serves 2.


    amandalaird said...

    Very Nigel Slater. I like it.

    Jess Bennett said...

    Thanks. I had to look him up! (He is awesome.)

    Lindsay said...

    Genius. This template is awesome and is being saved in my Google Reader for eternity. Thanks Jess!

    Jess Bennett said...

    My pleasure! I hope it treats you well. Let me know what you come up with :)

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