Beetroot and Orange Soup

 

Beetroot and Orange Soup

Serves 6

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time approx one and a half hours

 

Beetroot has an earthy and distinctive flavour that can sometimes put people off. The orange juice cuts through that earthy after-taste and really enhances the taste of the beetroot.  Cooking the beetroot first and discarding the liquid can also help to improve the flavour.  This is a GUEST RECIPE inspired by Seeds of Change

 

 

Ingredients

Flat leafed parsley, for garnish

450g fresh beetroot

1 tbsp natural yoghurt or crème fraiche

225g onion, finely chopped

Orange Juice, to taste

2 pints (1.2 litres) vegetable stock

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

 

Method

  1. To prepare the beetroot, remove the leaves and snip of the stalks. Don’t cut of the crown and base – this will loose their flavour. Wash under cold water being careful not to pierce their skins.
     
  2. Boil the beetroot in their skins for about 20 minutes. Take care not to over-cook them, check by using a knife. They should be easy to pierce with a skewer once cooked.
     
  3. Drain the beetroot, allow to cool slightly and then rub off the skins. Chop into small pieces and put to one side.
     
  4. Heat up some olive oil and gently fry the chopped onions until soft. Add the beetroot to the onion and cook for a further two minutes.
     
  5. Add the stock so that it covers the vegetables by an inch or so, season with salt and pepper and slowly cook for 30 minutes.
     
  6. Put in a blender and blitz, gradually adding the orange juice at intervals, tasting all the time until just right for your taste and consistency.
     
  7. Season with salt and pepper and finish with a swirl of natural yoghurt or crème fraiche and garnish with flat leaf parsley.
     
  8. Serve with some crusty wholemeal bread for a hearty lunch, SEED LOAF, VEGETABLE BUNS
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