Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is one of my favourite make in a hurry soups. It is thick and hearty and the whole family happily eats it. As I always have chicken stock ready made in my freezer this is what I use, but even plain old water is not a bad substitute in this case as the bacon adds flavour. Or you could use store bought chicken stock, but I have stopped buying it as it is packaged in tetra packs, which are not recyclable, and as for chicken stock powder, I have long since stopped using it as it is full of MSG and besides, it's flavour just doesn't do it for me! As usual, the 'guiding' method is at play here, you can muck around with this as you will! For about 8 serves I fry a large, chopped onion in some butter or olive oil, then add chopped bacon (about 200g) and fry until cooked. Add in about a litre of stock or water and about 5 large peeled and cubed potatoes, bring to the boil and simmer. After about 15 mins add in about a cup of corn kernels (I use frozen). Simmer it all for about another 15 mins. Take half the soup out and blend till smooth in a blender, adding it back to the pot when done. This gives a nice chunky soup with good flavour. Serve with parsley (and a swirl of cream if you like) and some nice home baked bread. I will post the recipe for the easy peasy no knead bread I served with this tomorrow!