One of the simple pleasures of winter is soup. It’s nourishing, filling and a guaranteed way to warm up. If a winter lurgy has laid you low, a hot bowl of soup is your best friend. It not only soothes a sore throat, but keeps you hydrated and gives your immune system a boost. It is the ultimate comfort food and best when homemade. Crusty bread on the side takes it to another level. On the weekend I had a bit of a soup fest:
- Split Pea (Sustain Cafe/Eco Mountain, Lawson http://www.ecomountain.com.au/)
- Lentil and Vegetable (Sorensen’s Glasshouse, Leura https://www.sorensensglasshouse.com.au/)
- Cauliflower (homemade by my friend)
Now I am keen to whip up a big pot of my favourite Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup!
Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
- 1/4 Japanese pumpkin
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 large carrots
- 1 leek
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- Cajun or Moroccan spice mix
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- olive oil
- Chop leek and sauté with garlic in olive oil.
- Add vegetable stock.
- Peel and chop the other vegetables and add them to the stock.
- Add seasonings to taste.
- Simmer until vegetables are soft.
- Remove the soup from the heat and purée.
- Serve piping hot garnished with sour cream, fresh chives and cracked pepper. Crusty bread on the side takes it to another level.
Other favourites in our house are Laksa, Soto Ayam (Indonesian chicken soup) and Minestrone. What’s your favourite?