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Serves: 6

January blues getting you down? Cosy up with a bowl of warming soup. You can vary the vegetables to suit what you have in the fridge; butternut squash works particularly well and I sometimes add a handful of sweetcorn kernels, too, after liquidising.

Ingredients

  • 25g butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 2.5cm knob fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 450g carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet (or regular) potato, peeled and chopped
  • 100g ready-to-eat dried apricots
  • 1 litre hot vegetable or chicken stock (or use half water and half milk)
  • 2 tablespoons each sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 6 tbsp natural yogurt

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the onion, garlic (if using) and the ginger. Cook gently, partially covered for 8-10 minutes, until softened.
  2. Stir in the carrots, sweet potato, apricots and stock and season. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for 20 minutes or until the carrots are soft.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the seeds in a small frying pan for 2-3 minutes, then tip into a bowl to cool.
  4. Leave the soup to cool a little, then liquidise it until smooth. Reheat gently to serve. Serve in warm bowls with a swirl of yogurt and a sprinkling of seeds.

Tip

This soup will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge and it freezes well, too.

 

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Sarah Randell
Sarah has written more than 1000 recipes for the magazine as our Food Director