Louise Whitehead from Berkshire sent us this lovely autumnal soup. She says “You can adjust the spices depending on how spicy you like it. Because it’s Free you can enjoy as much as you want!”
- 5 carrots, chopped
- 4 parsnips, chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- Low calorie cooking spray
- 1 onion, diced
- 8 sticks of celery, diced
- 1 swede, diced
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 vegetable stock cubes
- 3 pints boiling water
- 1 tsp dried ginger
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas 6. Peel and chop the carrots and parsnips. Place them in an oven-proof dish, sprinkle the cumin over them. Spray with low calorie cooking spray and place in the oven for around 30 minutes.
- Wash and dice the onion and celery, then place them in a large pan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray.
- Whilst the celery and onions are sweating down, bring a kettle to the boil and dice the swede.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook until the onions start to go clear. Add the diced swede to the pan and mix well with the existing ingredients.
- Remove the carrots and parsnips from the oven and add to the pan along with the bay leaves.
- Make up the vegetable stock with 3 pints of boiling water and pour into the pan to cover the contents, also add the dried ginger, chilli powder and black pepper. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes or until all the contents are soft.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool a little before removing the bay leaves.
- Transfer the contents into a blender or use a hand blender in the pan. Add more chilli/ginger/black pepper, to taste. Add more water if necessary to thin the consistency to your liking - you may need to add another stock cube if you add quite a lot of water.
- Add a swirl of fat free fromage frais and freshly ground black pepper if desired.
Tip: If you don't mind adding a few Syns you can pour light runny honey (1 Syn per level tsp) over the carrots and parsnips before putting them in the oven. The roasting process brings out the natural sweetness anyway, but you can enhance it with a little honey if you wish.
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