*These recipes are written for the Thermomix, but can be made in any high speed blender. I cooked them in the Thermomix, but you can cook them on the stove too.
As soon as my vegetable stock was made, the day I received my loaned Thermomix, I set to work making two soups: first a Carrot soup, and then a Butternut Squash soup. (And the beauty of the Thermie is that I did this in between putting my children to bed. That’s impressive.)
I am terrible at following recipes, but just these two times, I thought I’d make a special effort and follow the recipes from the Every Day Cookbook exactly, but I only kind of did, and here they are:
- Serves: 5
- Calories: 195.1
- Fat: 17.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.5 g
- Sugar: 2.8 g
- Sodium: 108.8 mg
- Fiber: 2.7 g
- Protein: 2.1 g
- Cholesterol: 54.7 mg
- 40 g red split lentils
- 1 thinly peeled strip of lemon skin
- 2 cm fresh ginger
- 300 g carrots, cut into chunks
- 1 small onion, peeled and cut in half
- 50 g butter
- 120 g cream
- ]½ tsp sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- a few sprigs fresh coriander
- water or stock as needed
- Grind lentils, lemon peel and ginger 20 seconds/Speed 10.
- Add onion, carrots, butter and stock paste or stock cube if using. Chop a few seconds/Speed 4½.
- Add water or stock to the 1 litre mark on the bowl. Cook 15 minutes/100ºC/Speed 2.
- Add coriander, salt and pepper. Add cream and milk (if using).
- Pureé 1 minute/Speed 10 until smooth.
The original recipe for this next soup calls for pumpkin, but we had Butternut Squash at home, so it became a Butternut Squash recipe instead, and it was totally fantastic.
- 1 onion
- half a butternut squash, cubed
- 1 carrot, roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbsp butter
- 500g vegetable stock (2 cups, roughly)
- Thyme, to garnish
- cream, to garnish
- Place onion into bowl and chop for 5 seconds at speed 7.
- Add butter/oil and saute for 3 mins at 100 degrees on speed 1.
- Add pumpkin and carrot and garlic and chop for 15 seconds at speed 7.
- Add stock and cook for 20 mins on 100 degrees at speed 1.
- Swirl some fresh cream over the top of the soup, and add a few sprigs of thyme to garnish (but be sure to eat it, it's the perfect herb for this soup!)
I think my favourite thing about Thermomix soups is that they come out so creamy and smooth, they look like you’ve emptied a pot of cream into them, even if you’ve added no cream at all. Yum, yum, yum.