Note: This entry has been restored from old archives.
Here’s a great soup for these dreary early-spring days. I make soup about once a fortnight, keeping a rolling supply in the fridge and freezer (sometimes supplemented with supermarket soup!) Typically I just pop down to the local greengrocer and work out my soup based on what they have, as is the case with this one.
- 50g Unsalted Butter
- 250g Dry Cured Unsmoked Back Bacon
Chop the bacon into pieces about 1cm square. Then fry in the butter until the edges are all turning brown and crispy.
- 390g Brown Onion, 2 onions, 440g before peeling
- 125g Celery, 2 sticks
Dice the celery and onion into pieces no more than 5mm to a side. Add to the frying bacon and, on a lower heat, cook through translucent until browning.
- 776g Celeriac, 1 large Celeriac > 1kg
- 925g Potato, 6 medium Wilja potatos (Deseree would be fine)
- 300g Beetroot, 6 small beetroots
Peel and dice all of the above into roughly 5mm-per-side cubes. Toss with the browned onion, celery, and bacon.
- 8g Fresh Oregano, a small handful
- 14g Garlic, 6 cloves
- 4 dried Bay Leaves, quite large
- 1 tbsp fresh ground Black Pepper
Finely chop the Oregano and Garlic and add to the pot, add the bay leaves and pepper.
- 1.3lt good Beef Stock, make your own or buy a liquid stock
- 2.5lt Water
Add the liquid, bring to a boil, reduce to a casual simmer, then leave simmering for at least an hour, util the potato should is breaking down. Give it a sturdy mixing with a whisk, breaking up the potato further, which will thicken the soup slightly. Now it is time to carefully add salt, “to taste.”
This should give you about 4 litres of soup. Weighing in at about 160 Calories per 300g serve (8g protein, 22g carbs, 4g fat.)