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Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup 

 

Soup, warming, satisfying and it seems hug your very soul to bring new hope. One of the best accompaniments to soup I discovered was one New Year we celebrated in Scotland. The wife hails from what she calls gods country. I diverse, anyway it was warm soup and sandwiches. This is apparently an every day occurrence and I must concur. The warm silky smooth soup then a bite of textured bread with a cool filling. The two just go together. Yes I did dunk the bread in the Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup.

Shopping For Ingredients 

Another last minute decision as I was walking around in the supermarket as you do ! I stumbled across several 1-kilo bags of parsnips for 38p and I had made the Carrot and Corriander soup a few days ago I thought why not give this a go as well. They are great for grabbing out of the freezer and reheating for the other half to take to work for lunch.

 Prepare And Save Time 

It gives me another 10 minutes in bed before having to get up and do lunch before she goes to work. I did the usual and scoured for a good recipe and found a couple but nothing had the depth of flavour I wanted so I tweaked it a little to my taste and what I had to hand.

Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup

Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup 

Some recipes specified Bramley apples, some cooking apples, well what I used was what I had in the bowl. A few granny smiths and a few reddish apples. I can not even remember what they were just that I bought them for the kids. The choice is yours. Grab the apples that are in season as they should be the cheapest. The recipe is only a guideline so don’t be afraid to use what you like.

smoked paprika

Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup

Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup    Soup, warming, satisfying and it seems hug your very soul to bring new hope. One of the best accompaniments to soup I discovered… Soup Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup European Print This
Serves: 10 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1kilo parsnips, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 kilo 5oz apples, (or as many as you have
  • 1 LTR chicken stock
  • 1tsp of Smoked Paprika
  • sprigs of thyme (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and oil in a large saucepan. Gently fry the onions and parsnips for 15 minutes, or until the onions are softened. Add the garlic,apples and smoked paprika and cook for a further two minutes, stirring regularly.

  2. Pour over the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the parsnips are very soft. Remove from the heat and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Blend the mixture in a food processor until smooth.

    Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup

Notes

Try a teaspoon of garam masala instead of the paprika or some crushed spices, coriander, fennel the choice is yours just get creative

another budget busting soup is Carrot and Coriander Soup

Looking for an even easier way to cook soup? You could always try a dedicated soup maker or a slow cooker. Make it smoother with a good blender unless you want the chunky farmhouse soup

Soup Making Equipment

Parsley Apple and Smoked Paprika Soup is a great cheap dinner idea. and also a great warming winter dish 

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Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

by Karl

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Its heart warming satisfying and especially good in the cold dark winter days. I only decided to make Carrot and Coriander Soup as I was walking around the supermarket as I grabbed a bag of the Wonky Veg variety, carrots to be precise, 37p for a kilo, what a bargain  and then I stumbled across a packet of reduced fresh coriander (10p) so for that money if  I made a bad Carrot and Coriander Soup it wasn’t going to cost me the earth. The perfect cheap dinner idea.

The great thing about Carrot and Coriander Soup is that you make as much as the ingredients allow and then freeze the rest .

It was so easy I just don’t know why I haven took the time to do it before.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

When you have added the carrots to the pot make sure you allow enough time for them to sweat. I would even go to the length of letting them brown slightly.  When the carrots start to caramelise this extracts even more flavour from the veg.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup Its heart warming satisfying and especially good in the cold dark winter days. I only decided to make Carrot and Coriander Soup as I was walking around the… Starters Carrot and Coriander Soup European Print This
Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 Calories estimated 20 grams Fat estimated
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 450g/1lb carrots, sliced
  • 1.2 litresl/2 pints vegetable stock
  • large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions and the carrots. Cook for 4-5 minutes until starting to soften.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil and add some of the coriander
  3.  Simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  4. hand blend or in a blender until smooth.
  5. Either serve straight away or Reheat in a clean pan, stir in the fresh coriander and serve

Notes

I separated into individual portion sizes and then stuck in the freezer, if you don't have any fresh coriander substitute with ground coriander but cook it with the onions and carrots at the beginning

Slimming World Carrot and Coriander Soup

The great thing about this soup is thats its practically calorie free. All you are using is fresh vegetables and just 1 tsp of oil to sweat down the carrots. You could eat as much as you like, that’s if you don’t serve it with bread and lashings of butter. My recipe slightly differs from the slimming world one but if you want there recipe its here

You might also like this PARSLEY APPLE AND SMOKED PAPRIKA SOUP

Growing Your Ingredients

I have had mixed results with growing coriander myself but if you want expert advice go here.  Also carrots are pretty simple to grow as well and perfect for spring recipes 

carrot and coriander soup

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