I can’t deny it any more: Winter is coming is here! And what else would you desire more on cold days than a steaming hot bowl of homemade soup? Just before suggeling up under a sofa-blanket with a warm soup belly for a movie.
The recipe below is one of my regulars: It’s easy to prepare, needs only a handful of ingredients (onion, carrots, potatoes and celery) and is ready in less than 30 minutes. As this wouldn’t be enough, this soup also freezes well – so clever minds double the ingredients and stock up for lazy days.
One thinkg I should properly mention: Please be careful when blending the vegetables. I did this right in the pot where I cooked the vegetables out of habit – as I would do in Austria, where most of my pots are made of stainless steel. Well, here in Boston I use coated pots, and turns out that my hand blender eats nonstick coatings for breakfast. When I did the dishes after that, I noticed that I had scratched the bottom of the pot all over. So I recommend rather blending the lightly cooled soup in an extra bowl. If you are using a countertop blender, work in batches. Do not fill the blender more than half full and use a dishcloth to hold the lid of the blender tight. The heat will cause the blender’s lid to fly off if you aren’t careful.
If this hasen’t scared you off (the blender part sounds horrible, I know) you will soon figure out that this is the perfect soup for winter days.
Simple Silky Vegetable Soup
Yield: 4 servings (with bread)
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced (¾ cup chopped / 120 g)
1 stalk of celery, finely diced (½ cup chopped / 50 g)