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Easy Soups

Soup is perhaps one of the ultimate comfort foods out there. When the weather outside is cold and stormy, soup calms the soul and makes a house into a home. Soup is always welcome when one is sick. Fortunately, hundreds of soup recipes exist and almost all of them turn out tasty. Here are a few more to add to your soup repertoire.

SPINACH SOUP

4 T. butter
1 large potato, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 3/4 c. chicken stock
a pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 lb. young spinach leaves
2 c. milk
1/4 T. nutmeg, grated
4 T. light cream, garnish

1. Melt butter in a pan. Add potato and onion. Cover and cook for 15 mins, stirring occasionally.

2. Pour in stock and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and nutmeg, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

3. Remove from the heat and add spinach. Blend until soup is smooth, about 3 minutes with a handheld blender. Return soup to heat, pour in milk, and stir well. Bring soup to a gentle simmer.

4. Check seasoning before serving.

CARROT SOUP
1 medium onion, chopped
3 T. sunflower oil
2 t. all-purpose flour
3 1/2 c. vegetable stock
1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 t. lemon juice

1. Heat oil in pan and cook onion until soft. Sprinkle flour over onion, stir well, pour in stock and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

2. Add carrots and salt and pepper and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmer for about 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.

3. Remove from heat and blend until smooth. Return soup to heat and bring to simmer. Add lemon juice, taste the soup, and add more seasonings if desired.

TOMATO SOUP
1/2 t. Better than Bouillon
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T. butter
2 T. all-purpose flour
14 oz. canned tomatoes
2 T. tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
1 t. sugar

1. Dissolve bouillon in 1 3/4 c. boiling water. Melt butter in a large pan, add onion, and cook until soft.

2. Sprinkle flour over onion, stir well, add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.

3. Pour the soup through a sieve and press solids against it with a spoon. Do not use a blender for this soup.

4. Pour soup back into pan and bring to a simmer. Add sugar and check for salt and pepper.