But soup is boring, right? I used to think so – too many memories of bland tinned and packet varieties from my student days. But homemade soups can be really tasty, and using root veg gives it a lovely think, smooth texture that is easy for younger kids to keep on the spoon. Serve it with warm bread rolls and you’ve got some proper autumn comfort food.
I made this soup one Monday night after the kids had gone to bed. Mondays are chaos in our house – the youngest has a long day at nursery, the older kids spend the evening in after school club and, let’s face it, neither me or my husband are that happy about having to go back to work after the weekend. We don’t get home until nearly six o clock and the kids are shattered and ravenous. Last year Will had scrambled eggs on toast pretty much every Monday. This year our twin daughters are in school too and I’m desperate to feed them all something more interesting but just as quick.
I looked through the cupboards for inspiration and found some sweet potatoes. Add some stock and a red pepper and I had soup. I taste tested this with my parents Tuesday lunchtime. It was so good we at the whole lot! When I cooked the replacement batch I added some chilli pepper, not enough to make it spicy (because the kids wouldn’t eat it) but enough to counteract the sweetness of the vegetables. Once it was finished and cooled I put it in the freezer and took it out the evening before I needed it. The kids tried it this evening and gave it the thumbs up too.
Sweet potato and red pepper soup
Serves three adults
- 1 red pepper
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 450ml vegetable stock
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp oil for frying
- Peel and chop the vegetables.
- Add oil and vegetables to a saucepan and fry gently for 4-5 minutes.
- Make up 450ml stock with boiling water (you will usually need 1 stock cube for this but check the instructions on the packet).
- Add stock to the saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until the vegetables soften. This will take 15-25 minutes depending on how small you have chopped the vegetables.
- Blitz with a blender until smooth. If you like a thicker soup then take some of the stock out first.
I hope you enjoy trying out my first recipe.