Recipes using your own homegrown ingredients

Courgette, Beetroot and Mint soup

IMG_2080I am a huge lover of soups. I love them thick with chunks, warm crusty bread and steaming hot, no matter how hot or cold it might be outside. Saying that, we went to Tenerife on holiday a few years ago, and I had my first experience of gazpacho and it was also divine.

I chose to do this particular soup because it was a great excuse to use up a quarter of the millions of courgettes we have managed to cultivate from the allotment, and empty out the freezer of left over stocks from Christmas. With regards to the beetroot, I use to hate it. I was born in Italy and my first experience of beetroot was when we moved to England, and my very first English school lunch… I believe they were pickled. But, roasted or lightly blanched and thrown into a goat’s cheese salad, it is divine. This soup isn’t technically meant to have beetroot in it, it’s in fact meant to be courgette and mint, but as I said, we had to use things up!

IMG_2081Ingredients:

  • Two large courgettes (I realise that if they are large they tend to come under the status of marrow but I still think of them as courgette!)
  • One large beetroot (Be aware that no matter how many things you add into this soup, it will come out pink!)
  • One large red onion
  • Left over stock (the amount you use is up to you, I used roughly two pints and made enough soup to put into the freezer for the coming months)
  • Any left over vegetables
  • Large handful of mint *

With this soup, I just chucked it into a large pan, on a low heat and left it to do its own thing for about two hours; this means that you could prepare it in the morning and come back at lunch, serve it up and enjoy!

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*As you can see from the pictures, I made a lot of soup. If you only want to do this for lunch, I would recommend using a quarter of the ingredients listed. If you have any queries, just leave a comment and I can help!

This post has been written and edited by Emma Faraone of Laboro Marketing Solutions http://www.laboromarketingsolutions.com

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