One of the good things about cold weather is the food. Hearty stews and casseroles, slow cooked meals and delicious soups.
Bacon and Vegetable Soup
Ingredients: (these may vary slightly)
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 leek, trimmed, halved, washed and sliced
2 or 3 garlic gloves, crushed
4 rashers of bacon, chopped
1 celery stick, trimmed, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled, chopped
1 small swede, peeled, chopped
1 parsnip peeled, chopped
1 medium zucchini, halved, sliced
1 medium potato, peeled, chopped
1/2 sweet potato, peeled, chopped
1/3 cup of pearl barley
400 g can Crushed tomatoes (crushed is better but if only have diced that's ok)
6 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon of fresh herbs eg basil
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook leek and garlic Stirring for a few minutes before adding bacon to brown slightly
2. Add veggies
3. Stir in barley, tomato and stock
4. Simmer until vegetables are tender
5. Add fresh herbs, Stir.
I made damper to go with mine, but any crusty bread would be perfect!