With all the excitement of my blog being launched today, i didn't even think about what i might cook this evening! After getting in at 8.30pm, i would have usually made to with some bread and cheese and a nice glass of wine, but it was cold and i needed comfort food (although being January, it had to be healthy).
After flicking through a couple of favourite cookery books and surveying the sorry contents of my fridge (i really should have started this on the weekend after a trip to the supermarket..) i settled on this comforting soup from Rachel Allen's Rachel's Favourite Food at Home.
The recipe is as follows and is enough for 4-6
2 tbp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
2 small leeks, trimmed and chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
150g chorizo, sliced and chopped*
900ml chicken stock*
1 x 410g tin haricot beans, drained
2 tbsp chopped coriander or flat leaf parsley*
salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion, carrot, leek, potato, garlic and chorizo.
Cover and sweat for 10 mins over a low heat, stirring every now and then.
Add the chicken stock and drained beans, bring to the boil and simmer for at least 5 mins.
Add the herbs, season to taste and serve.
Comfort in a bowl!
*Vegetarians can omit the chorizo and use vegetable stock instead of chicken. A pinch of smoked paprika would add some warmth.
*For a more italian vibe, use pancetta instead of chorizo, basil instead of coriander/parsley and finish with grated parmesan.