About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Carrot and Green Bean Soup.

One of our best... and as we grow tons of beans, cheap too.
As aways, no precise quantities as I never measure...

I use a big old cast iron soup pan for this...

A large splurge of olive oil, enough to cover the bottom of the pan.... go on its good for you!
1 med chopped onion.
2 or 3 cloves of garlic chopped.
a couple of large carrots, chopped into small chunks
a good couple of handfulls of green beans chopped, can be used from frozen.
1 small tomato, again I used a few cherry ones frozen from freezer.
1 small potatoe chopped, or a couple of tablespoons potato flakes (Portugal, batata flocos)
a good pinch of dried thyme
1 veg stock cube.
Black pepper to taste.

Fry the onion and garlic in the oil till transparent, crumble in stock cube, add the carrots, potato and beans and stir till all nicely coated with olive oil, add toms, and thyme, simmer covered for a few mins till juices start to run. add water, enough to cover all veg by about an inch above. Bring to the boil, then simmer till carrot is cooked, blitz with a hand blender just leaving a few little chunks... season to taste...
Lovely with cheesy herb soda bread, the recipe is on here somewhere....