Thursday, 11 December 2014

Warming Broccoli and Pear Soup

When the weather turns chilly and you can't feel your fingers or toes (even when you're inside the house standing next to the radiator) nothing beats a good old bowl of soup. It's a bit like tea - warming and comforting.

I used to buy ready-made soup all the time until I had a good look at the ingredients. Even in the most 'natural, organic' ones there are all sorts of add-ons I'd rather do without - salt, sugar etc.  Not to mention the taste.  You can really taste the difference between fresh and the supermarket shelf.

So now I make all my own soups.  It's really not that hard, I'm not into fancy frills and ingredients, just basic whole foods that give you all the vitamins and energy you need to get you through the day.

My absolute favourite is broccoli and pear soup.  I will make a big batch and we'll eat it for a few days.  Perfect for when hubby comes home late from work and great for the kids as the slightly sweet taste is always a winner.

All the ingredients I use in this recipe are organic. I try to buy organic produce whenever I can but I know that this can often be hard to find or a little on the pricey side, so do whatever works best for you.

This recipe makes enough for 7 - 8 medium bowls:

4 large heads of broccoli
4 pears (peeled or unpeeled, personal preference)
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
700 ml of chicken stock
1tbs of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

See, simple! I always get daunted by long ingredients lists so that's why I try to make mine as straightforward as possible without compromising on taste.

First give all the fruit and veggies a good wash (especially if they are organic, unless you are partial to a bit of soil with your soup?!). Sauté the onions and garlic in the oil until they start to turn golden. Add the stock, then the pears. I leave the skin on the pears but you can peel them if you prefer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the broccoli and simmer until soft enough to blend.

Blend it all up.  I like to use a hand-held blender (left over from mass pureeing for twin babies!) but you can use any type that's suitable for blending.

Et voilĂ  ! Make it as smooth or chunky as you like (you can add a little water if it's too thick). I like to crumble some Feta on top for a little zing or you could also add some Stilton and bacon - the choice is yours!



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