Spiced Sweet Potato & Chick Pea Soup

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It’s a cold day in Melbourne today, so there’s nothing better than a delicious & comforting than a bowl of soup for lunch.   This has fast become another favorite of mine.  I tweaked this recipe from one I found on the Thermomix Recipe Community.  I loved the flavours, but the texture was different, as the original recipe pureed the chickpeas into the soup.   I thought I’d have a play with the recipe & leave the chickpeas whole, which I really liked.  You can make a vegetarian version of this by substituting the stock paste from chicken to vegetable.    If you don’t have time to dry roast & mill the spice seeds, see notes at the end of the recipe.

Ingredients:
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes (to taste)
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
20g olive oil
500g sweet potato, peeled & roughly chopped
2 carrots
1 tbsp chicken stock paste (or vegetable)
1L water
1 can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
Fresh coriander or natural yoghurt (to serve)

Method:
1) Place dried spices in TM bowl, dry roast for 3 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1 (MC off).   Replace MC, then mill spices 40 seconds/speed 9, set aside.
2) Without cleaning the TM bowl, add onion & garlic. Chop 3 seconds/speed 5.
3) Add oil, cook 3 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.  Add the reserved spices, cook 1 minute/100 degrees/speed 1.
4) Add sweet potato & carrot. Chop 5 seconds/speed 5.
5) Scrape down sides of bowl, add water & stock, cook 25 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.
6) Puree the soup for 1 minute/speed 9 (gradually increasing the speed from speed 5 to speed 9).
7) Add drained chickpeas, cook for 5 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/speed 1.
8) Top with coriander & serve.  This is also lovely topped with a tablespoon of natural yoghurt.

 Notes:
 If you’re in a hurry or don’t have spice seeds, you can skip step 1.  Just add 2 tsp ground cumin & 1 tsp ground coriander with the oil in step 3.  This still tastes nice (I’ve made it both ways), but dry roasting & milling the spice seeds, adds much more flavour.

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Classic Minestrone

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This is originally a Jaime Oliver recipe, which I found in the newspaper recently.  I love a good minestrone, so I was eager to try his recipe.  I’ve adapted the recipe to Thermomix method & tweaked it a little, but I really didn’t want to change the recipe much, as it’s delicious.  Very hearty & warming on these winters days.   This recipe makes 5 large serves.  Add some additional water & pasta to serve more.

Ingredients:
1 garlic clove
1 red onion, peeled & halved
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
1/2 fennel bulb, roughly chopped
3 rashers bacon
1/2 bunch basil
20g olive oil
70g red wine
400g tin diced tomatoes
1 zucchini, sliced lengthways then chopped
150g cabbage (about 1/4 cabbage)
400g tin cannellini beans, drained
1 heaped tablespoon chicken stock paste
40g macaroni
600g water
parmesan cheese (to serve)

Method:
1) Place garlic in TM bowl, chop 3 seconds/speed 7.
2) Add onion, carrot, celery, fennel, bacon & basil stalks. Chop 4 seconds/speed 4.5
3) Scrape down sides of bowl, add oil, cook 8 minutes/120 degrees/reverse/speed 1 (MC lid off).
4) Add wine, tomatoes & zucchini. Cook 12 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/speed 0.5.
5) Add shredded cabbage, stock paste, beans, macaroni & water. Cook 12 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/speed 0.5. Use your spatula through the hole in the lid, to ensure ingredients are well mixed.
6) Season with salt & pepper to taste. Serve topped with torn basil leaves & parmesan cheese.

 Notes:
 For a vegetarian version, leave out the bacon & use vegetable stock paste.

 You can use any vegetables in this recipe.  You can substitute the cabbage & zucchini with silverbeet & any seasonal vegetable.

Pea & Ham Soup

Pea & Ham soup

One of my lovely customers sent me this recipe last year.  She’s a fan of Pea & Ham soup & had tried making a few recipes, but wasn’t 100% happy with the results.  So, she decided to make her own recipe, by blending a number of recipes together to get the result she was after.  I first made this late last year, and was so excited to be able to share it with everyone this winter.  The cooking time is considerable for a soup, so it’s not a soup to make if you’re after a quick & easy meal.  However, if you’re a fan of this classic soup, you’re sure to love this recipe!

Thank you for the recipe Sharon Wilson!

Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic
1 onion, halved
1 leek, white part only
1 carrot
1 stick celery
1 potato, peeled
900g water
1 tbsp vegetable stock paste
100g split green peas
1 large ham hock or 2 small ham hocks (approx. 1kg)
pepper to taste

Method:
1) Place onion, garlic & leek into TM bowl, chop 5 seconds/speed 5.  Scrape down sides of the bowl.
2) Add oil, cook 5 minutes/Varoma or 120 degrees/speed 1 (MC lid off).
3) Add roughly chopped carrot, celery & potato. Chop 5 seconds/speed 5.  Scrape down sides of the bowl.
4) Add water, stock paste, split peas & pepper to TM bowl. Place ham hocks into the Varoma dish & place into position.
5) Cook 60 minutes/Varoma/speed 1.
6) Remove Varoma dish & set aside.  Replace MC into bowl lid.  Puree soup for 1 minute/speed 9 – Gradually increasing speed from speed 5 to 9.
7) Using a knife & fork, remove cooked ham from the bones & discard bones, skin & fat.
8) Chop/shred ham into small pieces & add to soup.  Mix 20 seconds/reverse/speed 2.
Serve & enjoy!  Suitable to freeze too.

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Pumpkin & Chorizo Soup with Red Kidney Beans

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I made this soup last week & honestly, it is amazing!  I’ve adapted the recipe from Donna Hay.  The original recipe used black beans, which I couldn’t find at my supermarket, so I used red kidney beans instead.  I can imagine any beans or pulses would work in this soup.  Of course I love the fact my Thermomix cooks the soup & then purees in the same bowl!  The soup was delicious like I’ve made it in this recipe, but if you served this to guests for an entree, you could really impress with a tweak to the presentation.  Instead of adding the chorizo & garlic mixture to the soup in step 6, serve the soup & top with the chorizo & garlic, then drizzle with extra olive oil.

Ingredients:
20g olive oil
1 chorizo, cut lengthways & thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 x 400g can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp chicken stock paste
500g water
500g butternut pumpkin, peeled & roughly chopped
1 x 400g can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
salt & pepper to taste

Method:
1) Place garlic in TM bowl, chop 3 seconds/speed 7. Scrape down sides of bowl.
2) Add chorizo & oil to TM bowl, cook 6 minutes/Varoma temperature/reverse/speed 2. Set aside.
3) Without cleaning TM bowl, add pumpkin, chop 8 seconds/speed 5.
4) Add tomatoes, stock paste, water, salt & pepper. Cook 12 minutes/ 100 degrees/ speed 1.
5) Puree soup 1 minute/speed 9 – gradually increasing the dial to speed 9.
6) Add chorizo mixture & kidney beans. Cook 2 minutes/100 degrees/ reverse/speed 1.

Serves 4.

Notes:

Follow this link to make Chicken Stock Paste.  This soup can be made with vegetable stock paste or any store bought stock/powder, if you prefer.

Curried Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

Pumpkin & lentil soup

This soup has been a winter favourite of mine for many years.  I found this recipe on ‘Forum Thermomix’ not long after I purchased my machine.  It was posted by a lady named Chelsea & it’s had over 13,000 views over 4 years!  The thing I love most about this soup is the ingredients are things that I usually have in my fridge or pantry all the time.  I’ll often decide to make this for lunch at midday & it’s on the table by 12.30pm.  It’s also great for entertaining – this is thick, hearty soup & will easily feed 4 adults for lunch, served with some crusty bread.

Ingredients:
1 onion, peeled & halved
1 clove garlic
30g olive oil
1 tsp curry powder (or to taste)
700g butternut pumpkin, roughly chopped
100g dried red lentils
1 tbsp vegetable stock concentrate
650g water
Natural yoghurt or sour cream, to serve

Method:
1) Place onion & garlic in TM bowl, chop 3 seconds/speed 5.
2) Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add oil & cook 2 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.
3) Add curry powder, cook 1 minute/100 degrees/speed 1.
4) Add pumpkin, chop 8 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
5) Add lentils, stock concentrate & water. Cook 20 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.
6) Blend for 1 minute/speed 9 (gradually moving the dial up to speed 9).
7) Season to taste & serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt or sour cream.

Zucchini & Prosciutto Soup

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For years now, I have torn out recipes that I find appealing in magazines & file them in one of two folders – sweet & savoury.  I decided to have a look through my savoury folder recently & came across this recipe.  It instantly appealed to me, as it must’ve done when I first ripped it out from a magazine years ago.  I’m not even sure where it’s from – either an old Donna Hay or Delicious.  I love prosciutto & any cured meats for that matter.  I also had some home made chicken stock, from the Healthy ‘Roast’ Chicken I’d made the night before, which I thought would make a delicious soup. This soup has amazing flavours if made with real stock, but it’s still lovely made with stock concentrate.  I’ve added some notes on dressing this soup up to impress for a dinner party too!

Ingredients:
1 onion, peeled & quartered
1 clove garlic
20g olive oil
100g prosciutto
2 large zucchinis
550g chicken or vegetable stock (or zero scales, add 1 tbsp stock concentrate & add water to 550g)

Method:
1) Chop onion & garlic 3 seconds/speed 5.  Add oil, cook 2 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1 (with MC off)
2) Add roughly chopped prosciutto, cook 4 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1 (with MC off)
3) Add roughly chopped zucchini.  Chop 10 seconds/speed 6.
4) Add stock, cook 15 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1
5) Puree 1 minute/speed 9 – gradually increasing dial to speed 9.

6) Season with pepper to taste.  Due to the saltiness of the prosciutto, you won’t need to add much, if any salt.

Serves 4

Notes:

You can garnish the soup with extra prosciutto & zucchini ribbons.  Using potato peeler, make ribbon slices with an extra zucchini.  Heat a char grill or frying pan on high.  Toss zucchini & prosciutto  with extra olive oil & char grill 2 minutes each side, until golden.

I made a Healthy ‘Roast’ Chicken during the week & keep the water left over from steaming the chicken, which also contains the juices from the chicken, making the most delicious chicken stock.   Keep this in the fridge overnight & the fat will solidify on top of the stock.  Simply remove the fat (see below) & the stock is ready to use.  It can be a little gelatinous, but will become liquid with heating. 

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Chicken & Corn Soup

Chicken And Corn Soup

As winter approaches, I’m loving that I can make lots of soups again.  This soup requires very little preparation & takes just over 15 minutes to cook.  The whole family will love this & it is very satisfying, so can easily be served as a main meal, even for the big eaters!  It also freezes really well.  This time of year I’ll usually have a few portions in the freezer, for nights when I don’t want to cook or for a quick & easy lunch.

Feel free to add more chicken for a thicker consistency or you can also add an additional can of creamed corn for a sweeter soup.  Personally, I love it like this….

Ingredients:

1-2 chicken breasts

1 litre cold water

1 tbsp vegetable stock concentrate

2 cans creamed corn

1 egg

Soy sauce or Tamari

Spring onions

Method:

1) Cut chicken into large pieces & place in TM bowl. Add 1 litre cold water (ensuring chicken is covered) & cook 6 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.

2) Remove any scum floating on top of the liquid.

3) Shred the chicken/water mixture 10 seconds/speed 6.

4) Add stock concentrate, a splash or soy or tamari & the creamed corn.  Mix 15 seconds/speed 3.

5) Cook 8 minutes/100 degrees/ speed 2.  Add the egg through the hole in the lid & cook for 2 minutes/100 degrees/speed 2.

6) Serve topped with spring onions.