Soups for all Seasons

If you are living in a temperate climate it's either the depths of winter or the height of summer, depending on your hemisphere.

Here are two recipes for simple soup recipes; one winter warmer and a chilled soup for days that are too hot for cooking or eating.

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Minestrone 

1 cup vegetable or chicken stock

1 cup Italian style tomato sauce

¼ cup pasta

½ a brown onion

1 clove garlic

1 small carrot

1 celery stalk

¼ green capsicum (bell pepper)

¼ red capsicum (bell pepper)

½ small zucchini (courgette)

½ cup canned kidney beans

Pinch of salt

Parmesan cheese to serve


 

Drain the beans and rinse them until the water runs clear and free of bubbles.

Dice the vegetables and slice the garlic finely.

Place the stock and tomato sauce in a saucepan and bring them to the boil. 

Add the onions and garlic, carrot, celery, capsicums, pasta and salt.

Cover the pot and reduce the heat.

Simmer gently for ten minutes then add the beans and zucchini.

Simmer for another two minutes then serve topped with grated parmesan cheese.

Chilled Pea Soup 

 

1 cup frozen green peas

½ cup chicken or vegetable stock

½ cup water

1 small clove of garlic

A strip of lemon rind

5 mint leaves

¼ tsp. of black pepper

Olive oil

 

Blend the peas, stock, water, garlic, mint and lemon rind until smooth.

Serve immediately topped with black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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