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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Soup night - courgette and Brie

It's Tuesday and after last week's departure from soup to a bean casserole, we're back on the soup again.  

Tonight, it's courgette and Brie, a recipe which I originally found in my Covent Garden soup book but as usual am too lazy busy to follow exactly so have adapted to my throw-it-all-in-the-pot style. Improv cooking at it's best!



Small daughter absolutely loves this soup, it's a close second to leek and potato for her.  I have to say that I was a bit surprised that she took to it the way that she did when I first made it - I expected a bit more resistance to a soup other than leek and potato - but it's a pleasant green colour, slightly creamy from the Brie and is actually just a very nice soup so there's nothing for her not to like!

Fancy having a go yourself?  Like the leek and potato soup I showed you a couple of weeks ago, there's not a lot to it.

You will need:

Courgettes - about three medium-sized 
Potatoes - two to three medium-sized depending on how thick you like your soup
Brie - I put in about a 3oz piece
Stock cube
About a litre of water
Salt, pepper, herbs to taste

Large pan to cook it all in
Blender or hand blender if you prefer smooth soup



Rinse the courgettes, remove the top and bottom, then chop roughly into rings.  (If you're not going to blend your soup then you might want to take a little more care over this bit, but as I blitz it all then I don't worry too much about the size.)  Add to the pan.  I'm using my usual Portmeirion casserole but you can use any large pan.

Next peel the potatoes, chop into chunks and add to the courgettes in the pan.  Potatoes are wonderful for thickening soup, so depending on how thick you like your soup to be, you will add more or less potato.

Cut the Brie into smaller pieces and add that too.  Finally, add the stock cube, water and seasoning.  I use about a teaspoon of dried mixed herbs at this time of year.



Put on the pan on the stove and bring to the boil.  At this point, I put my pan in the bottom (simmering) oven of my Aga and it will sit there until I'm ready to put the soup in the blender. You can get the same effect from a conventional oven on a very low light (ideal if you're out at work all day) or in a slow cooker.  You only need to cook the vegetables until they're soft so even if you're in a bit of a hurry, it will only take about 20 minutes to make your soup if you don't have time to leave the pan.

Once the vegetables are cooked, transfer the contents of the pan to a blender (or use a hand blender in the pan) and blitz it until it's smooth.  This soup is better blended, in my opinion, because as you can see, the Brie doesn't melt completely and blending it will make sure that no one gets a spoonful of Brie rind!  If the soup is too thick, add more water.  If it's thinner than you'd like you can thicken it up with cornflour.  Taste for seasoning.



I like to serve the soup with bread still warm from the bread maker (another wonderful time-saving device!).  Recently, I've had to make extra soup as big daughter has started taking it to college with her in a flask for her lunch.  It does mean that I'm having to fight people away from the pan though - too many platefuls of "seconds" and she'll be going hungry!



16 comments:

  1. I love the sound of your soup - might try it in my soup maker and see how it turns out. A bread maker Is something I am tempted to buy but a friend warned me that the bread is so delicious that you eat a lot more of it! xx

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    1. I'd definitely recommend giving it a go, Jan. It makes a nice change from soups made with Stilton cheese, too. We don't use our bread maker too often for that very same reason! xx

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  2. Oh wow!! it looks soooo yummy!! I am sure it was delicious, thanks for sharing, I will definitely give it a try :)

    Lluisa xx

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    1. Thanks Lluisa, let me know what you think of it! xx

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  3. Looks delicious and I must add that to my list of soups, although it would have to be frozen as there is only me at the moment as husband is in hospital. Still I shouldn't let that stop me from eating it, should it, as I have to eat something.

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    1. Yes, you do have to keep eating! Your husband won't thank you for making yourself poorly whilst he's under the weather. Hope he makes a speedy recovery and you have him home soon xx

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  4. After seeing this, its going on my shopping list for next week :)

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    1. Oh good, I'm sure your family will love it! xx

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  5. This looks tasty. I may just have to give this one a go. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it! xx

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  6. Mmmmmm! Sounds delicious and incredibly scrummy! xx

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  7. I love your blog, which Ive just discovered. The photos are beautiful. Will add this blog to my reading list. Hope to re-start blogging again. Will definitely try that soup recipe, it looks delicious.

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    1. Hello Ger, it's great to meet you! Thanks for your lovely comments. I've just taken a look at your blog - you really should start again! xx

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  8. Mmmmm!!! It does sound good. I love the idea of soup but can never persuade the hubby that it counts as a full meal!

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    1. Mine usually ends up having a snack a bit later - but that could be because he really likes cheese and biscuits! :-) It's always good for lunch so perhaps you could make it for your husband to have at work? xx

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