I still can't believe that it is May and I'm still talking soup, but the weather in parts of the UK is still more Autumnal (some may even say Winter-like) than Spring!
So a good opportunity to share this soup recipe idea, which has a lovely selection of vegetables in it ... including swede! LOL!
1 swede, peeled and cut into cubes
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely sliced
2 stalks celery, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
6 stalks fresh thyme, leaves only
1.25 litres/2 pints vegetable stock
142ml/5fl oz carton single cream
fresh thyme leaves to garnish
2. Place the cubes of swede in a roasting tray. Drizzle over two tablespoons of the olive oil and season.
3. Roast in oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and tender, stirring occasionally.
4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, stir in the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and thyme leaves and fry for 4-5 minutes until softened but not browned.
5. Add the roasted swede to the pan and pour over the stock.
6. Bring gently to the boil, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Purée the soup in a food processor or liquidiser until completely smooth. Pass through a sieve for an extra fine texture if preferred.
8. Transfer the soup back to a clean saucepan. Stir in most of the cream, reserving some for garnishing. Gently heat through and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
9. Serve in warm bowls or a soup tureen and garnish with a swirl of cream, some fresh thyme leaves and freshly ground black pepper.