Soup for Needy People.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

This is what I like to call a comfy recipe. It is the onesie of food. In fact, if you wear a onesie whilst eating the soup, it is like a hug all over. This is why I call it soup for needy people.
This is a recipe my Mum has been making me for years. It's a classic in my house and at the ripe old age of 19, I felt it was about time I gave it a go and shared it with you lot! 

For Needy Soup you will need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
900g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
700g leeks, washed, trimmed and sliced
575ml water
1 vegetable stock cube
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
dried or freshly chopped parsley

This recipe will serve 4 but this soup freezes really well. My mum obviously had my frugal, soup freezing, student days in mind when she started feeding me this at the age of 6. Obviously.
To begin with, chop your onions roughly and cut the potatoes into chunks. I've learned to always to prepare vegetables before any real cooking starts. Otherwise I panic and accidentally skin my fingers rather than the vegetables. I wouldn't want the same to happen to you. It's no fun.

Then wash, peel and chop your leeks into chunks. Don't worry about being too precise now. Everything will get mashed at the end anyway.

Now, to start the cooking. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and when hot add the onions. Fry them gently for 5 minutes until they are nice and soft. Then add the potatoes and the leeks and continue to fry gentle for a further five minutes.

You'll need to stir the vegetables occasionally as they cook. Then once the vegetables have been frying together for five minutes, pour in the water and crumble in the stock cube. Stir in and bring the pot to the boil.

 Add salt, pepper and parsley in.

Once boiling, cover the pot and turn the heat down to cook gently for fifteen minutes. When ready, the vegetables should be just tender. To thicken the soup, mash vigorously with a fork. For once, I do not advocate to get your hands dirty but do get stuck in! Season with more salt, pepper and a generous few sprinklings of parsley. Add more seasoning to taste if you fancy it. Serve with grated cheese on top and perhaps some crusty bread (aka slightly stale if you're a student).

Eat in a onesie with a cup of tea and perhaps a teddy. In fact there is no perhaps about it. Ted is a must. And if for some crazy reason you don't have a teddy, grab a pet. And if you don't have one of those, get yourself to a pet shop asap!

L, established soup eater and animal cuddler. xxxx


  1. Not studenty budget, tried this and added a bit of butter to the olive oil. Thanks.

  2. Once priced up this soup is a brilliant one for students! Potatoes and onions are cheap, I got the leeks on reduced price and they aren't too badly priced anyway. And the rest is stock, seasoning and water!
    Glad you tried it! Hope it was delicious :) xxx


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