I love soups, all kinds of soups.
Soups are highly versatile; they can be served as a starter, an appetiser, as a side dish, or as a one-pot meal.
Soup is the epitome of comfort food for me. A warm bowl of soup can lift one’s mood instantly –it not only warms your tummy, but it warms your soul too.
A good blender is a necessary tool for avid soup makers; transferring sautéed ingredients from pan to the blender is a regular affair.
Thanks to my new best friend, Tefal’s Blendforce Glass (which I have been using religiously ever since I got it), I can finally make my own creamy soup!
This soup contains no preservatives and artificial flavours. You can even tweak the recipe for a low-sodium and low-fat option!
To insure in the highest quality results, go for fresh ingredients –they make the best dishes!
I dislike vegetables in general, BUT celery takes the top spot in my list of most-hated foods. In its raw state, not only does it smell unpleasant –it doesn’t taste any better either.
It’s amazing how this distinctly abhorrent green thing turns out palatable when cooked down and blended into soups.
A rare inclusion of greens in my dietary staples is broccoli. I don’t know what other green vegetables I like other than broccoli…
Pears are an excellent source of fibre and are low in calories. It will add subtle sweetness for a well-balanced soup.
CBPP Creamy Vegetable Soup (CBPP stands for Celery, Broccoli, Pear and Potato)
– 3 stalks of celery, diced
– About 4 cups of broccoli, including stems, chopped
– 1 onion, sliced (use 2 if you love the aroma of onions)
– ½ clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
– 200ml cream (or low-fat milk)
– 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
– 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth (buy the ones with no preservatives added)
– Some water
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Olive oil
– ½ cup of butter (optional)
– Chicken drumsticks (optional, but I used 2 for more flavour)
1) Heat oil on medium heat in a non-stick saucepan (I’m using Tefal Intensium non-stick saucepan)
2) Gently sauté onion until aromatic (but not charred) for a couple of minutes before adding garlic (onion takes longer to cook).
3) When onion is softened, add celery and chicken (optional, but chicken adds more flavour).
4) Sauté for a few minutes before adding potato and chopped broccoli. (You can add butter at this stage but it’s optional.)
5) Stir occasionally to prevent bottom from getting burnt.
6) Add broth and cream. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
7) Add salt and pepper to taste. (Do not over season. You can season again later.)
8) Remove chicken from saucepan. (If you added in step 3.)
9) Allow soup to cool slightly.
10) Pour the mixture into a blender. (Do it by batches, half at a time) Save a few pieces of potato for garnish.
11) Blend. (If the mixture is too thick, you can add some water to smoothen out the texture, but not too much.)
12) After blending everything, pour it back into the saucepan to heat it up.
13) Pour into serving bowls and garnish with small pieces of potato that you’ve saved earlier on. (I also garnished with crushed digestive biscuit crumbs, but that’s totally optional.)
Potatoes add body and thickness to the soup without having to add a lot of cream.
Thanks to Tefal’s superlative technology, the blend is of desired consistency –smooth and thick. (Read more about Tefal’s Tripl’Ax Blade Technology here: http://melicacy.com/?p=4681)
This has to be the best thing I’ve cooked so far -yet another great sense of achievement. :) I’ve always wanted to make my own soups after watching countless of cooking shows on television that make use of blenders.
This is a sure-fire way of getting your kids to consume their greens.
I can’t wait to make more soups with my Tefal Blendforce Glass! There are so many ingredients and ways to make soup to cater to anyone’s individual tastes. Can’t wait to experiment with more flavour combinations!
Check out my previous post on making milkshakes using Tefal Blendforce Glass here: Strawberry ‘Cheesecake’ Milkshake
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