- 1 onion
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 1 carrot
The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…
- 1 celery stick
A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 550g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- 1l chicken or vegetable stock
- 8 rashers streaky bacon
- a quarter medium Savoy cabbage (about 200g/8oz)
Chop the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the vegetables and potatoes, season well, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Gently cook for about 5 mins until starting to soften, then add the stock, turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 mins more, or until all the vegetables are tender.
While the soup is cooking, grill or fry the bacon until crisp, then cut into strips. Shred the cabbage, discarding the core.
Whizz the soup in the food processor until smooth, then return to the pan and add the cabbage. Simmer for a few mins until the cabbage is just tender, then season to taste and serve scattered with the bacon.
Make it a chicken stew
QUICK CHICKEN WITH LEEKS & CABBAGE Cut 4 chicken breasts into large chunks and chop the bacon. Heat the oil in a frying pan, fry together until golden, then remove. Add a little more oil, then fry 4 small, finely sliced leeks, the potatoes and the carrot, finely sliced, for few mins. Add stock as before. Once the potato is tender, add the chicken and cabbage and simmer for 5 mins. Leave the stew chunky and serve with crusty bread.