These ingredients have a tremendous synergy, are full of flavour and just bursting with zing.
Soup is a great way to stabilise your diet and a perfect lunch, especially if you make your own and add a few vital ingredients.
This soup is a great lunch meal, and the ingredients will give a kick to your metabolism.
Ginger is a spice that warms you from the inside out - perfect for these chilly days.
For a family-sized pot, you will need:
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 medium sized potatoes, washed and peeled and chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic peeled
Tablespoon of fresh ginger peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pints chicken or ham stock
2 tablespoons of tomatoe purée
1 small chilli
Salt and pepper to season
In a large, thick-bottomed pan, place all your ingredients together.
Cover with your cold stock and bring to the boil.
Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 40-50 minutes untill all the vegetables are soft and fall apart when prodded with a fork. Remove from the heat and liquidize. Correct the seasoning to taste.
Top with some crunchy croutons to serve. You can also be a little creative with toppings - use those little bits left in the fridge, including a little ham and onion or a little shredded broccoli and some sour cream.
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