The Culinary Corner

The Culinary Corner 4

Soups are quick and easy to make because basically everything goes into one pot.

For those of you who don’t have time but understand the importance of nutritious foods, then soup is one of the cheapest ways to get good, nourishing foods into the diet.

There are pre-packed and tinned soups that are even more convenient but there really isn’t anything better than making a soup yourself.

There is nothing nicer than a hot bowl of homemade soup on a cold day.

Ever hear the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’? It should be changed to ‘a bowl a soup a day keeps the doctor away’.

Quick meat and potato soup
Can be made with a real cooked ham but a can of corned beef diced is just as tasty. This soup serves about four people.

750g potatoes (diced and peeled)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion finely chopped
600ml / 1 pint chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g/7oz can corned beef (diced)
215g/7 1⁄2 oz. can sweetcorn (drained)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and cook gently for 2–3 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 1–2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.

2. Stir the stock into the pan, season lightly with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minues.

3. Add the corned beef and sweetcorn bring back to the boil, then lower the heat again and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

4. Stir in parsley, taste and adjust seasoning, then pour into warmed soup bowls.

By Donna Dunne