Are you in a rush and wishing for a quick, comforting meal before braving the Christmas crowds/driving your kids to the next thing/attempting to clean up your house?Are you looking at your Christmas list, staring at the name of that impossible to buy for person, wishing for a genius idea?
I have a solution to both dilemmas.
Soup is comforting, warm, filling and often quite healthy. It can take all day to make, which on a slow Sunday can be fine. This soup, however takes less than an hour, is hearty and filling, and doesn’t contain anything wacky – you may have what you need to make it already. Take a look.
2 Tbsp butter or olive oil
1 onion, finley dicecd
2 celery stalks, finely diced
2 carrots finely diced
1 tsp flour
3 cups milk (whole, 1%, whatever you have. Throw in some cream if you have that.)
2 large potatoes
1 cup chicken broth. Or vegetable broth if you want to make it vegetarian. Or water if you’ve no broth.
Thyme or Herbs de Provence
1 bay leaf
2 cobs corn, roasted, or an equivalent amount of frozen corn, either roasted or straight from the freezer
Salt and pepper
Bit of grated cheese
- In your favorite soup pot, melt the butter.
- Add the veggies and sweat them (meaning don’t let them brown) for a few minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour over the veg (to avoid lumps). Cook and stir for 1 minute.
- Slowly add the milk while stirring.
- Chop one of the potatoes and toss it in the soup. Grate the other potato directly into the soup. No, you don’t have to peel them.
- Add the broth, herbs, corn and salt and pepper.
- SIMMER until the potatoes are cooked through. You really don’t want to boil this or it can curdle.
- Remove the bay leaf.
- Serve hot with some good bread or crackers and a sprinkle of cheese on top if you like.
Now, you’re thinking, that’s great, I’ve got dinner figured out – what about that gift idea? Think of this – what’s better than making a big pot of soup for dinner? Having someone else make it of course! Make up a batch of this or your favourite soup, slap it into one of those festive plastic containers you can get now, stick a label on it and slap it in the freezer. Pick up a box of fancy crackers and voila! An awesome present for your super busy friend, your favourite student, your brother who can’t cook, ANYONE! I’m a stay at home mom, I do have time to cook, but I would love to get this gift – because everybody likes a break from cooking. This recipe makes a decent potful, but if you make a double batch you’d have enough for your dinner and some to freeze. Dinner and a gift all in one – genius I tell you.