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This soup is from the third meal planner. It is for 2 people to have twice during the week. If you want to make it vegetarian, just leave out the salami, in which case you might like to add a handful of red lentils
1 salami stick from pack of 4, £1.29, 32p
150g onion, peeled and sliced Asda 98p/2kg, 7p
200g carrots, diced, no need to peel 88p/kg, 18p
100g swede, peeled and diced, 13p/100g
300g potatoes, diced, no need to peel, give them a good wash, we don’t want any grit Asda 2kg/£1.18, 18p
a bay leaf if you have any
2 slices bread from value loaf, cubed, 5p
tblsp oil, £1.25/litre, 3p
if you are following meal plan 3, the swede is using up some from that shopping list, so if you are not following the meal planner, use it if you have it, if you don’t it doesn’t matter at all
Chop the vegetables quite small and put them all in a pan with the fine chopped salami. Saute gently until the vegetables are soft, add a little oil if you need it, but you should get enough from the salami.
Add 1.5 litres water and simmer for 15 minutes.
taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as required
While the soup is simmering, make the croutons. Put a little oil in a frying pan, add the bread cubes and fry gently until they are crispy. I like them with a sprinkle of salt. You may like to flavour them as in this post. Sprinkle a few croutons over the top of each bowl of soup. Add a swirl of cream or yogort if you have it and want to use it
Makes 4 servings
you can add any veg you like to this soup, cabbage, finely shredded and cooked for just a few minutes in the soup at the end – a handful of frozen peas and/or sweetcorn – broccoli or cauliflower stems or stalks – spinach or sorrel, wilted in at the end – sliced mushrooms
if you have any, and you like it, you could add some chopped basil at the end, or some very finely chopped rosemary, a few shredded sage leaves or some fine chopped parsley