Secret super power soup ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

13 February 2010

Secret super power soup

Every so often I forget that my super power is making delicious soup out of, like, water and a potato.

Potato, turnip, and corn soup

veg broth/veg scraps and water
olive oil
a yellow onion
a couple cloves of garlic
a big potato or two
half a big turnip or a whole small one
frozen corn
sage, thyme, red pepper flakes
salt, pepper

The first thing to attack is vegetable broth. If you have broth in the freezer, get it out and let it start to thaw. If you want to make your own broth, throw some big handfuls of the vegetable trimmings in the bag in your freezer into a pot of water, put it on the stove, and simmer it for ten minutes. Use at least three or four cups of water for plenty of broth. Vegetable broth: food made from trash. Awesome, easy, and worth it.

Ok! While the broth is cooking, warm some olive oil in a big soupy pot. Chop up your onion (putting the trimmings into the broth) and throw it into your olive oil. Mince a few cloves of garlic and add them too. As those soften, scrub and dice your potato and turnip. If you want to peel your potatoes (and throw said peels into the broth), you can, but I don't bother. Dump all the vegetables into the softened onions, season with sage, thyme, and red pepper flakes, and stir it all up. Sweat the vegetables over medium or medium-low heat for a few minutes, or until your broth is all done.

How to tell your broth is done: you've simmered it for at least ten minutes. At that point, strain the liquid into the potato-onion-turnip mix and throw out the leftover broth veg. For frozen broth, you can just dump it into the pan and let it defrost there. Add a couple handfuls of frozen corn and some salt and pepper, stir everything up, and simmer, covered, until the root vegetables are cooked through. The time will vary depending on the size of your turnip and potato dice; my soup took about twenty minutes. At that point, just correct any necessary seasonings and you're done.

Voila: secret super power soup!

You probably want to eat this soup with a big pile of toast. Biscuits would also be acceptable. So would muffins. I had some nice wheat bread, a little stack of sliced havarti cheese, and red wine. It worked admirably.


Anonymous said...; You saved my day again.

eileen said...

happy to be of service! in, uh, soup-making endeavours.