Soups and Stews

White onion soup

White-onion-soupIngredients:
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/4 cup) butter
* 3 onions, finely sliced
* 3 teaspoons plain flour
* 315 ml (10 fl oz / 1 1/4 cups) boiling water
* 940 ml (30 fl oz / 3 3/4 cups) milk
* 60 g (2 oz / 2/3 cup) straight vermicelli, broken into 1 cm (1/2 in) pieces
* salt and pepper
* bacon rolls and sprigs of parsley, to garnish

Minestrone soup 2

Minestrone-soupIngredients:
* 9 teaspoons olive oil
* 4 rashers streaky bacon, cut into matchsticks
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 2 sticks celery, chopped
* 250g (8oz) white cabbage, roughly shredded
* 1 courgette (zucchini), diced
* 125 g (4 oz) French beans, cut into2.5cm (1 in) lengths
* 1.5 litres (2 1/2 pints/6 cups) chicken stock
* 440g (14 oz) can tomatoes
* salt and pepper
* 125 g (4 oz / 3/4 cup) macaroni
* 3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
* freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Chicken noodle soup

Chicken-noodle-soup_cIngredients:
* 1 chicken breast
* 1.3 litres (2 pints) chicken stock
* 100 g (4 oz) egg noodles
* 75 g (3 oz) frozen or canned sweetcorn
* 3 spring onions, thinly sliced

Marinade:
* 2 tbsp soy sauce
* 1 tsp sesame oil
* 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
* 1 tbsp honey
* 1 clove garlic, crushed

Cream of onion soup _ menus for two

CREAM-OF-ONION-SOUPPREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 18 minutes
MICROWAVE SETTING: Maximum (Full)

350 g (12 oz) onions,
peeled and finely sliced
200 ml (7 floz) well-
flavoured chicken stock
150 ml (1/4 pint) creamy milk
pinch of powdered bay leaf
1 teaspoon cornflour

1 tablespoon cold water

salt
freshly ground black
pepper
To garnish:
onion rings
parsley sprigs

single cream


Cold cucumber soup _ menus for two

COLD-CUCUMBER-SOUPPREPARATION TIME: about 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: about 5 minutes, plus cooling and chilling
MICROWAVE SETTING: Maximum (Full)

1 small cucumber, washed,
unpeeled and diced
200 ml (7 floz) milk
2 teaspoons flour
15 g (1/2 oz) soft margarine

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground white
pepper
1 small peeled shallot or 1/4
medium onion
3 sprigs parsley


Raspberry and tomato soup _ menus for two

RASPBERRY-AND-TOMATO-SOUPPREPARATION TIME: about 4 minutes
COOKING TIME: about 8 minutes
MICROWAVE SETTING: Maximum (Full)


150 ml (1/4 pint) water
300 ml (1/2 pint) tomato
juice

175 g (6 oz) fresh or frozen
raspberries
salt or sugar (optional)

chopped parsley, to
garnish


Vermicelli soup _ menus for one

vermicelli-soupPREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes
COOKING TIME: 7 minutes, plus standing
MICROWAVE SETTING: Maximum (Full)

300ml (1\2 pint) well-
flavoured chicken stock
50 g (2 oz) vermicelli
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce


salt
freshly ground black
pepper
chopped parsley, to
garnish


Carrot soup with yellow split peas

Carrot-soup-with-yellow-split-peas_cIngredients:
* 225 g (8 oz) split yellow peas
* 25 g (1 oz) butter
* 350 g (12 oz) carrots, peeled and sliced
* 1 onion, peeled and chopped
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 100 g (4 oz) washed and sliced leeks
* 1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock
* 2 tbsp creme fraiche
* 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley, salt and freshly ground black pepper

Home _ made cream of tomato soup

Home-made-cream-of-tomato-soup_cIngredients:
* 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
* 1 onion, peeled and chopped
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 175 g (6 oz) carrots, peeled and sliced
* 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
* 1 x 400 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes
* 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) plum tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped
* 1 tbsp tomato puree (paste)
* 1/4 tsp caster sugar
* 425 ml (15 fl oz) chicken or vegetable stock
* freshly ground black pepper
* 3 tbsp double (thickened) cream (optional)
* 2 tbsp torn fresh basil leaves (optional)

Red Lentil Soup

Red-Lentil-Soup_cIngredients:
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 carrot, diced
* 2 sticks celery, trimmed and sliced
* 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
* 4 oz (100g) red lentils
* 1 1/2 pints (900ml) good stock
* 1 bay leaf
* salt
* 1 level teaspoon paprika pepper
* a good pinch Cayenne pepper

Mild Curried Parsnip Soup

Mild-Curried-Parsnip-Soup_cIngredients:
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 lb (450g) parsnips, cubed
* 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
* 1 good tablespoon flour
* 1 good teaspoon curry powder
* 2 pints (1.2 litres) good stock, heated to boiling point
* salt
* freshly ground black pepper
To serve:
* 1/4 pint (150ml) single cream
* freshly snipped chives

Bacon and Spinach Soup

Bacon-and-Spinach-Soup_cIngredients:
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
* 6 oz (175g) streaky bacon, de-rinded and chopped
* 1 lb (450g) frozen spinach, thawed
* 1 oz (25g) flour
* 3/4 pint (450ml) milk
* 3/4 pint (450ml) chicken stock
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* salt
* freshly ground black pepper
* 1/4 pint (150ml) single cream

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy-Mushroom-Soup_cIngredients:
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
* 8 oz (225g) mushrooms or mushroom stalks, chopped
* 2 oz (50g) flour
* 1 2/4 pints (750ml) chicken stock
* salt
* freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 pint (300ml) milk

Vegetable Soup

Vegetable-Soup_cIngredients:
* 1 oz (25g) butter
* 1 lb (450g) onions, sliced
* 1 large potato, peeled and evenly diced
* 4 oz (100g) carrots, sliced
* 4 oz (100g) cauliflower, cut into small florets
* 4 oz (100g) spinach, torn into small pieces
* 1 1/2 pints (900ml) good stock
* salt
* freshly ground black pepper

Simple Tomato Soup

Simple-Tomato-Soup_cIngredients:
* 1 oz (25g) butter
* 1 teaspoon caster sugar
* 2 small
onions, finely chopped
* salt
* 1 oz (25g) flour
* freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 pint (300ml) water
* a little chopped parsley (optional)
* 2 1/2 oz (62g) can tomato puree
* grated Parmesan cheese for
sprinkling
* 1/2 pint (300ml) milk

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