Introduction: Grandma's Soup (with Tips)
I don't have any talent for cooking. Actually, I suck at cooking. And I don't like cooking. But one day... I went to see my Grandma. She was shocked to learn I had no idea of cooking. She told me: "do you have some free time ahead? Like, an hour?" And this is how my cooking lessons started. Thanks to my Grandmother I can eat
easily and in an asorted way :p
So she teach me a looooot of things, but I want to share one soup. Is the best and easy soup I have ever made. In fact I made it some times a week. And you only need one pot!
- 1 or 2 leeks (1 if it's a big one, 2 if they are small)
- 2 Courgette / Zucchini
- 2 potatoes
- 3 carrots
- 2 Maggie Vegetable Stock Cubes** (or similar)
- OPTIONAL: Salt and olive oil
*This is the basic list ingredients, but you can add or take out whatever you want. Sometimes I add a piece of pumpkin, more courgette, I leave out the carrots. You can also use turnip, parsnip... whatever you want.
**These cubes are made out of vegetables. The soup is apt for vegetarians and vegans. These are special cubes, please see the picture of the package. And no, I'm not paid by Maggi... :p
- Potato Peeler
- Hand Blender
Take a knife and a potato peleer. Peel and cut all the vegetables and put them in a pot.
The first time I made this soup I only had one doubt: What do I do with these leeks? Easy!
1. Cut the roots.
2. Cut the leek all along.
3. Take out the outer leaves.
4. Cut them is little bits.
TIP:Don't throw away the leaves, like most people do. Just take out the outer ones (those which are darker) and keep the rest. My Grandma says that these are the good bits (this is where all the vitamines are). Once it gets more difficult to cut them just stop an throw whatever remains.
Add the leek with the rest of vegetables and add a branch of Celery.
When all the vegetables are cut and in the pot, add two Maggi Cubes.
Then add some water. You need to add water until it covers the vegetables. Let it cook for about 30 minutes (it can be more or less depending on which vegetables you have chosen and whether you have cut them into bigger or smaller slices.
You can add more water during the cooking time if you feel it has evaporated too much. Or if you want your soup to be a bit more liquid. Actually, this soups tends to be a bit "thick", so make sure to add the amount of water you wish according to your tastes.
TIP: To know if it's ready, catch a carrot and cut it with a knife. If you can cut it easily, the soup is ready. If not, let it cook a few more minutes.
Once the soup is ready, take out the Celery.
If you don't, the soup will be full of Celery threads. It's a little bit disgusting...
Then, blend everything with the hand blender.
And here it is! The best soup ever! Thanks grandma!
I hope you love this recipe as much I do. A little tip: if you want to share it with more people, you can put some soup into a water bottle. It's the best way to carry it around :p
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