Thursday, 12 July 2012

Bacon and Vegetable Soup

One of the good things about cold weather is the food. Hearty stews and casseroles, slow cooked meals and delicious soups.

Bacon and Vegetable Soup 

Ingredients: (these may vary slightly) 

2 teaspoons of olive oil 
1 leek, trimmed, halved, washed and sliced 
2 or 3 garlic gloves, crushed 
4 rashers of bacon, chopped 
1 celery stick, trimmed, chopped 
1 large carrot, peeled, chopped 
1 small swede, peeled, chopped 
1 parsnip peeled, chopped 
1 medium zucchini, halved, sliced 
1 medium potato, peeled, chopped 
1/2 sweet potato, peeled, chopped 
1/3 cup of pearl barley 
400 g can Crushed tomatoes (crushed is better  but if only have diced that's ok
6 cups chicken stock 
1 tablespoon of fresh herbs eg basil 


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook leek and garlic Stirring for a few minutes before adding bacon to brown slightly 

2. Add veggies 

3. Stir in barley, tomato and stock 

4. Simmer until vegetables are tender 

5. Add fresh herbs, Stir.

6. Serve

I made damper to go with mine, but any crusty bread would be perfect!


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