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    I just bought a blender and really want to try and make some homemade soups.

    Can anyone suggest some good, healthy and cheap soups to make as I'm bored of the tinned stuff??

    I will rep anyone who interests my tastebuds :P

    Leek and potato is delicious....

    1. Chuck some bits of chopped onion in a pan with a little butter/olive oil and summer on a low heat for a minute or two;
    2. Add some bits of chopped leek and simmer some more (another minute or two);
    3. Add some bits of finely chopped potato and simmer some more (another minute or two);
    4. Add some stock, bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes or so (basically until the potatoes are cooked);
    5. Take off the heat, put in a blender if you like (optional), then add milk.

    peel and chop to some vaguely sensible sizes:

    1 Butternut Squash
    3 cloves of garlic
    1/2-2 chillis, deseeded (dependent on how hot you like stuff)
    1 onion

    Cook the garlic, onion, chilli slowly in olive oil until softened, add:

    1 Tbsp Ground Coriander
    1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
    1/2 Tsp Tumeric
    cook for 30-60 seconds until smelling aromatic

    Add you butternut squash, turn the heat down and put a lid on, sweat for 10 minutes-ish then add enough water to cover the squash plus 2-3 stock cubes and a pinch of sugar.

    cook until you can squish the squash with a spoon easily and then blend. Season to taste(lots of pepper!) and then add a BIG handful of chopped, fresh Coriander.

    Possible things to add:

    Double Cream(use more stock!)
    Coconut Milk(same)
    cheese of most varieties
    Toasted bread
    naan Bread
    some fresh chopped chilli

    I made spicy parsnip soup from this recipe last week: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/lif...cle2027250.ece

    I also added a couple of carrots and half a red pepper because they needed using up.
    I found that the parsnips needed cooking for longer than the recipe said, and that it was better to add the stock a little earlier and simmer them in the stock, rather than trying to just cook them in the butter.

    It was delicious, but a bit too rich. If I did it again, I'd use less cream, or maybe skip it altogether.

    sweetcorn and redpepper:
    fry some onions until softened add chopped red peppers and sweetcorn + salt and pepper and any other seasonings you want and cook for ten minutes on a medium heat
    add stock and cook for ten mins
    blend + add cream

    use one red pepper to one small tin of sweetcorn

    celery soup:

    fry onions and chopped celery for 5-10 minutes
    add stock and seasoning and cook for a further 10 minutes
    blend and add cream

    I once made carrot and red pepper soup, the colour was amazing. Tasted pretty good too. Think I just used onion, carrots, pepper and some random spices.

    I improvise, so far my faves:

    Carrot and ginger

    Spicey and sweet roast parsnip soup


    Pumpkin and chilli

    Carrot and Caraway is amazing:

    Chop and fry an onion in some butter until softened. Add 8lb carrots, chopped, a teaspoon of caraway seeds and some sherry (i think 250ml, but I can't remember off the top of my head). Then, wet a piece of greaseproof paper and place it on top of the carrots - try to eliminate gaps between the edge of the pan & the greaseproof, put the lid on and leave to simmer for an hour. Add 2 pints of stock and liquidise. Best served with a swirl of cream & warm bread.

    Spicy Marrow Soup:

    Fry an onion in some butter. Add the marrow, de-seeded and chopped, some paprika, salt & pepper, & a pint of stock. Simmer for 20 mins. Liquidise. Add a can of coconut milk.

    jamie oliver's english onion soup is AMAZING - basically fry of lots of leeks, onions, shallots, spring onions in butter, season with black pepper and sage, add some stock, then blend. pour into a bowl, top with crouton and cheese then pop it in the grill. YUM
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