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Day 1 Soup - versitile base soup

Submitted by Janis 11 November 2009

This is a very useful soup, very tasty in it's own right that serves as a base for several variations. Usually there are 2 of us to feed and I make enough for 3 days. Day 1, we eat the basic soup, Day 2 and 3 it is transformed in so many



A little light oil, sunflower or canola is good, olive oil is a little too strong and will change the flavour. 4 or 5 good size spuds - Cut into chunks 1 or 2 onions - roughly chopped 1 fist size purple top turnip (NOT swede)- cut into


Boil a Kettle full of water. In a large heavy based pan on a fast ring or the hottest plate of your solid fuel stove, fry the onion until soft. Add the chopped veg and then enough boiling water to make the lighter veg, the turnip and the leek float just clear of the other heavier ingredients. Sounds daft but it is a useful guide. Add a little salt and pepper, not too much as you can adjust later on. Bring to the boil, cover and move to a small ring or the slow plate of the stove. Simmer for 15 - 20 min until the spuds (the densest veg here) are cooked through. Remove the pan and using a slotted spoon remove 1 good spoonful of the mixed veg per person into a soup bowl or into the serving bowl. Roughly blitz the remainder in the pan with a stick blender or you can use a potato masher for a rougher finish (you can use a blender but I think it makes too much washing up!) Ladle the smoothed soup onto the reserved veg and serve.

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