Wintertime means making my favourite (and easiest) polish soup – zupa jarzynowa (vegetable soup).
It’s a seriously easy, warming and very healthy soup (ok, it does smell a bit as it cooks 🙂 )…. and make sure you make a cauldron of it to have enough for the whole week (my boyfriend calls it vegetarian’s paradise, so veggies, you’ll love it! 🙂 ) .
So here’s what you need:
- saucepan with 1.5 of water (leave room for all the veg!)
- vegetable/meat stock or bullion
- 1 onion chopped up
- frozen bussels sprouts
- frozen/fresh cauliflower
- chopped/dried garlic
- frozen peas
- chopped or frozen carrots
- couple potatoes chopped into small quarters (optional)
- few spoons of red lentils to thicken
- some herbs and parsley
So first you fill the saucepan with cold water and put it on the hob. As the water heats up, chop the onions and add them in there (while water is still cold so it all takes on the flavour) along with the chopped garlic and the bullion.
Then add in the potatoes and the rest of the vegetables and let it get to boiling point. Once it does, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 – 30mins and add in the red lentils 10-15mins in so that they turn soft and thicken the soup.
To make it less healthy, you could add in some cream, which will also thicken the soup. 🙂 You can also do a variation with the onion and char grill half of it and add it to the soup to add more flavour. Last variation, to spice the soup up a bit, you could add some chilli powder and some curry leaves….
And voila…. it takes 5mins to prepare, 30mins to boil and you have a soup for a whole week (and it tastes even better the next day!). Serve with some yummy polish rye bread.
Smacznego! (bon appetit)