We are well and truely in what I am calling Soup Season. Although the weather isn’t as cold as it usually is at this time of year, a lovely soup is still perfect on a cold, dark evening.
Soup has for many years been something I have been incredibly fussy about. I had a bad experience with some Heinz tomato soup when I was a lot younger and it has stuck with me. I don’t eat soup in restaurants and I have only found one bought soup that I liked which was Covent Garden chicken soup; but then to my disappointment they changed the recipe.
My Mum knows how fussy I am when it comes to soup so for Christmas last year she bought me a soup maker. The one I have is the Morphy Richards Sauté and Soup Soupmaker and is fantastic. Instead of following different steps and waiting for the soup to come up to the boil and then liquidising, this soup maker allows you to put all the ingredients in the machine at the start. It then does all of the work itself taking 21 minutes for smooth soup or 28 for chunky soup.
Since getting the soup maker, it has made making soup so much easier and quicker. It has also meant I have been able to experiment with even more flavours and am quickly expanding my soup repertoire – I’ve even made tomato soup!
The following recipe is the original one my Mum always used when she made her broccoli soup. It was from a microwave cooking book which looked like it was from the 70’s by Jill Spencer. Cooking soup in the microwave doesn’t sound particularly gourmet, but trust me this soup is delicious!
1 small onion
25g plain flour
600ml hot chicken stock
230g broccoli florets
salt and pepper
- Chop the onion and put it in a 1.5 litre oven proof dish along with the butter. Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes
- Stir in the flour and then add the finely chopped broccoli, stock and salt and pepper. Cook in the microwave or 6 minutes, stirring twice
- Allow to cool slightly and then liquidise. Add the milk and the reheat in the microwave for 1 minute
- The soup can keep for up to 3 days in the fridge and just reheat in the microwave
Rien isn’t a fan of broccoli but when I first made him this soup he kept saying how delicious it was. Coming from someone who isn’t forthcoming with compliments about food, this must have meant he liked it! When we were next having soup for dinner, he automatically assumed it was broccoli soup and he was a bit gutted when he realised it wasn’t!
I really recommend trying this soup – you won’t be disappointed!