Cream of Vegetable Soup Steve's
Cream of Vegetable Soup
This is a real winner with friends and family but it does take a little bit of effort to get it all done. I usually make this as a starter when already using vegetables for the main course, so I can use up the bits as well. Serves 5-10 depend on if itâ€™s a starter or main and how hungry people are.
For stage 1
Olive oil for frying
3 large carrots
3 medium onions
2 red peppers
3 large sticks of celery
Stalks of 2-3 large leaves of green cabbage (save the leaves for stage 2)
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 heaped tsp. Sweet paprika powder
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tbsp. tomato purÃ©e
2 tsp. garlic purÃ©e
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 carrot, peeled and diced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen or garden peas
Cabbage leaves (saved from step 1), finely chopped
1-2 handfuls of dried pasta
1 cup of milk (for healthier option) or cream (for tastier option) for serving
2 litres of water + 2-3 vegetable stock cubes (or 2 litre stock)
Heat olive oil in pan and soften the onions, carrots, peppers, celery and any of the chopped up stalks of cabbage (plus the stalks of any other vegetable you might be using like broccoli, cauliflower etc.).
Once softened, purÃ©e the whole lot (I find using a stick blender directly in the pan is easiest).
Return the pan to the stove and add the spices, tomato purÃ©e and garlic. Allow to cook for a minute then add the tins of chopped tomatoes and purÃ©e again.
Add the vinegar and all the diced vegetables (carrots, potato etc) and the finely chopped cabbage leaves (the stalks were used up in stage 1 ) and peas. Top up with water (or vegetable stock if you like even more flavour) and allow to cook for about 45 minutes on simmer so everything softens.
Add the pasta about 20 minutes before serving, so it has time to cook.
5 minutes before serving, turn heat down to low and add the milk or cream and stir in well.
I rarely use salt during cooking so you may want to add a pinch or two, to suit your own taste.
For main course, serve with plenty of fresh bread.
Also see Soup Selection.
Stage 1 makes the bulk of the soup but you can add any extra vegetables that you are using in stage 2. Just dice them up or cut into similar sized pieces.
Adding milk gives it that creamy look ( I use semi-skimmed milk without any problems).
If the tomatoes are a little sharp you might want to add a teaspoon of sugar during stage 2.