Winter is coming, my favourite time of the year!
I know, I know… don`t judge me too hard, I like hot weather too. However, I am a winter baby, just love the breeze, soft fluffy sweaters, hot tea, and SOUP! And since “un”fortunately summer is over, here it is, one of my easiest, warming, super tasty winter cream soup. It takes just 10 mins to prepare, and surprisingly, it needs only 20 minutes to cook! What`s the secret?! Keep reading… 😉
Lazy Winter Cream Soup
Lazy Cream Soup of Winter Vegetables. Super healthy! Suitable for Vegans*.
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 5 Carrots
- 2 Potatoes
- 1 Onion
- 1 Small broccoli (7-8 florets)
- 1 Garlic clove
- 2 Vegetable stock cubes
- 500 ml Water
- 1/2 Avocado
- Yogurt/Sour cream for garnish (optional)
So here is the “magic trick” to make your soup ready for just 20 minutes. It`s so simple – BLEND IT! When the vegetables are finely chopped, they need less than 15 minutes to be perfectly cooked and give a great flavor to the soup. For this recipe, I used a mini chopper. I chopped the onion separately, and all other vegetables together**.
1. Using a mini chopper (or another food processor), finely chop the onion (separate), and the rest of the vegetables** (together).
2. In a medium pot, braise the onion with the olive oil and 50 ml of water for approx 2 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the vegetables**, salt, parsley, tarragon, and the rest 350 ml of water.
4. Simmer for another 18 minutes.
5. Remove from the heat, add the fresh garlic clove, and put the lid on. Remove the garlic in about 2 minutes. It only needs to give a slight flavor to the soup.
6. Add a half avocado and blend into a smooth creamy textured soup. Same as the butter, avocado helps to create a smooth and creamy texture. It is the perfect replacement of butter for many vegan recipes.
7. Garnish with a spoon of yogurt/sour cream, or enjoy it as it is.*
** Except for the garlic
Some tips from me:
– I love celeriac! Unfortunately, I didn`t have at home and didn`t really feel like going to shop for it, so I improvised. I replaced the celeriac with a couple of potatoes, and the result was stunning. You basically can add everything in that soup. Just finely chop it first, and follow the directions step by step. I would suggest trying with sweet potatoes, parsnip, cauliflower, and leek, but you can try with any other winter veg.
– So my advise in general – “Play” with the ingredients. Improvise and be creative!
I hope you enjoyed that recipe!
Would love to hear your opinion in the comments below.