Although spring is just around the corner, there’s still a definite chill in the air and I’m in need of some good old fashioned comfort food! This delicious home made soup has been a favourite of mine for a very long time. Yet for some completely bizarre reason, I’ve neglected to share it with you lovely lot! What a travesty! Today, I plan to rectify this mistake.
This recipe makes about 6 servings. (Approx 400ml each.) It also freezes very well so is worth while making a batch and saving some for those lazy days. Brucey bonus? It’s naturally gluten free!
(Recipe adapted from the BBC Good Food website.)
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 2 Small Leeks, roughly sliced
- 800g Carrots, peeled & roughly sliced
- 2 tsp Honey
- Pinch Chilli Flakes
- 2 Bay Leafs
- 1.8 – 2 litres Good Quality Vegetable Stock
- Soured Cream to serve
Firstly, melt the butter in a very large saucepan over a medium heat and add in the leeks.
NOTE: If you like your soup thicker, use 1.8 litres. If you like it a little runnier, use 2 litres.
Once you’ve done that, return it all to the pan and give it a good stir. Have a taste and season with salt & pepper as needed.
At this point you can heat it up again and serve with a big swirl of fresh sour cream. Or, like me, pour individual portions into Pour & Store Bags & freeze for a later date. Then when you do want it, simply take out the freezer the night before and allow to defrost in the fridge. If you are really pushed for time, tip the block of frozen soup into a saucepan and heat gently over a low heat. It will slowly melt and then heat up. But do keep an eye on it as the melted soup may start boiling before the block has completely melted, resulting in some spitting!
And there you go, a wonderful and healthy home made soup to warm your cockles! The blend of flavours is just lovely. First you get the sweetness from the carrots and honey, then a little kick from the chilli flakes… and the sour cream just brings it all together. Absolutely delightful! This has been and will remain one of my all time favourite soup flavours. Nothing in the world can replace that warm, comforting feeling you get from a good bowl of home made soup. Perfection!
I hope you enjoyed the post lovelies, until next time.