Rachel Pupazzoni

Recipe: I made soup

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It’s winter so the meal choice is obvious.  Soup.  It’s always nice to try something a little different so I created this the other day and thought I’d share it with you.  I’m by no means a chef, just a wannabe home cook.  But please do let me know if you make this soup, or a variation, and how it turns out!


You’ll need a leek, sweet potato, half a pumpkin and a bunch of coriander

Start by cutting up one leek, one sweet potato and half a butternut pumpkin.  Saute the leek in about a tablespoon of butter with a pinch of garam masala in a large pot for about 3 minutes.


The makings of a yummy soup


Chop all your veggies first up

Add the cubed pumpkin and sweet potato and cook on a high heat for about 5-6 minutes.  This bit is important because it creates lots of flavour.  Ensure you keep stirring fairly regularly so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot and burns.


Butter, garam masala, chicken stock


Start soaking your saffron in hot water early

Meantime, dissolve 2 chicken stock cubes in boiled water from the kettle and in another bowl put a good pinch of saffron with some boiled water and let it sit.


The longer it soaks the more colour and flavour comes out


Cook all the veggies in water

Add the stock to the pot and about 3 cups of water (I just added water as I went along depending on how thick I wanted it).  Cook on high for about 3 minutes then turn it down and simmer for 10-15 minutes.


Add half of the fresh coriander

Add a handful of chopped coriander and salt and pepper to season.  Pull out your stick blender and blend away.


Blend away

Keep the soup on the low heat for a few more minutes.  You may want to add more water here.  Finally add the saffron and the water.


This is the yummy cheese I sliced for on top

I served this steaming bowl of comfort with a few slices of triple cream brie and a good pile of fresh coriander.  Enjoy!


The finished product


The cheese will melt in the hot soup



Author: rachelpupazzoni

I'm a journalist living in Sydney.

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