I decided to get a pot of soup on the go. It's dead easy, tasty and fast.
2 leeks - white bits mainly, washed and chopped
1 brocolli head - all florets and some chopped stalk too if you like.
1 onion - white, peeled and chopped
2 litres stock - I use a single Knorr Chicken stockpot thing
1 generous palmful of rolled oats (porridge flakes)*
1/2 (half) a tub of soft cream cheese - full fat, half fat, with herbs, without herbs - you choose.
Knob of butter (not a life-sized knob, in fact, not that sort of knob at all, ok?)
Melt the butter in your soup pan and then add your chopped leeks, onion and broccoli. Allow to sweat down for 5 mins or so - make sure that veg don't burn. Add 2 litres of stock, plus rolled oats.
Cook until all veg are soft - about 10 minutes. Allow to cool and then whizz smooth with hand-blender. If you like to live dangerously, just do this bit with the hot soup. But don't come running to me with your third degree burns.
Reheat when required and then stir in half a tub (more if you prefer) and allow to melt in the hot soup.
Serve with nice bread.
If you've got fool-proof soup recipes that are quick, cheap and tasty - please post here. I'll have a go at them!
* the oats act as a thickener when you whizz up. Fewer calories than a potato ;-). But if no porridge oats in the house (who are you, you mad person with no oats in the house?!) please put your chopped tato in with the veg at the beginning if you wish to omit the oats.
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