I know it sounds crazy, but I really like when the weather turns cold. It means I can use my slow cooker for a lot of meals, which means dinner is warm and ready when I get back from work. So continuing with savoury things this month, my slow cooker prepared a lovely soup for me the other night that was hearty and satisfying for a vegetarian soup. This Pea & Vegetable soup can easily be made vegan by substituting veggie stock instead of the chicken stock. Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 onion
- 1 leek
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 carrot
- 4 small potatoes, or 1 large one
- 5 cups frozen peas
- 5 cups water
- 3 chicken stock cubes (use veggie stock cubes to make it vegan)
First chop up the onion, celery, and leek, and throw it in the pot.
Next, chop up the bell pepper and carrot, adding it to the other veggies in the pot.
Chop up the potato and also throw that in. There isn’t really an order of chopping here. It will taste the same regardless of what you chop first, but this is the order I did it.
Next, add the frozen peas.
Lastly, throw in the stock cubes and add the water.
Place the lid on top and let it cook away on medium for ~6 hours. If on high, you can cook it for 4-5 hours.
Once the cooking has been completed, give it a good stir. Then, you can go ahead and use a hand blender to make it smooth.
If you don’t have a hand blender, you can get similar results by using a potato masher.
And there you have it, Pea & Vegetable Soup! This was the perfect thing to eat after a long day at work.
You can also add pepper to it to enhance the flavour. My husband modified his by adding cooked gammon (ham) bits. I didn’t add any other spices or seasonings other than the chicken stock and pepper at the end. This is because the recipe uses really fragrant vegetables, that when cooked together, gives it a wonderful flavour of its own. But of course, you can always add other spices if you’d like. That’s all for this week my lovers! Enjoy your weekend and if you get the chance, have a walk around Bristol and check out the Christmas market stalls around town. Maybe whip up a batch of this soup before you head out for an easy dinner, ready for you when you return. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!