Simon’s Winter Warmer – Hearty Vegetable Soup:
A large hamper of Unilever Kitchen products arrived at my door, full of household names that I didn’t know were part of the Unilever family. The collection included many stalwarts of Britishness – PG Tips tea, Bovril, Coleman’s Mustard, Hellman’s etc., as well as a good mix of Knorr stocks and the upmarket French Maille Mustard. It is safe to say there was a mix of items I already used and some that I had not tried.
So the challenge was to use a few of the products in a recipe that benefited from them. With so much to choose it was hard to pinpoint any particular recipe, but being a very cold and frosty week, and looking at what was in my kitchen, I decided to make a healthy and tasty Winter Warmer Vegetable Soup. Just like the one my mum used to make every winter…well, nearly just like it. She would boil everything into submission. Instead I’ve discovered that roasting the vegetables to soften them adds depth of flavour and shortens the length of time you need to boil for.
I was surprised at how well this soup came out; the Knorr Vegetable Stock clearly gave it much more of a broth feel than having made it without. And it tasted great, with enough for seconds which was good as even my daughter wanted some more. As a meat eater, I found the stock made the soup feel more filling, with more taste, and I didn’t notice at all that the meal had no meat.
I am sort of kicking myself that I haven’t used Knorr stocks before now.
Editor’s comment: We think this recipe is also something of a tribute to Simon’s vegan girlfriend…not that we don’t believe he made it himself, we just think she *might* have been the inspiration behind roasting the vegetables;)