This soup is a Lizzy Amalgamation. Or experiment. Both those sound odd actually.
I wanted to make a hearty vegetarian soup that I could serve without bread but would keep you super full. I know what you’re thinking. Lentils? Whole Potatoes maybe. No I wanted to add pasta. Tortelloni actually.
It ended up being a fantastic alternative to bread. Here is the recipe I’ve switched up to work with the pasta.
Put in your trolley
500 grms Italian Spinach and Ricotta Tortelloni (You could add ravioli, or different flavours. I chose this because I wanted T to try it.)
250 grms Chestnut Mushrooms
600 grms of Chopped Tomatoes
186 grms of Peas (I always use tins. Sorry.)
200 grms Carrots
2 tbsp of Smoked paprika
2 tbsp of Hot Chilli Powder
1tbsp Cumin Seeds
180 grms Onion
4 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp Black Pepper
1L Vegetable Stock
Chop the onion/garlic and brown in a small pan. Add in the potatoes, carrots and mushrooms and the spices and coat. Cook for a minute then pop in the slow cooker. Click the cooker on high.
Add in the chopped tomatoes, peas, and the made up stock then pop on the lid. Cook on high for two hours, then on low for as many as you can. I just let it do its thing.
Just before the soup’s finished cooking I season liberally. I used a good 4 grms of whole black peppers seeds and a good helping of salt. It’s a big pan! Blend the soup using a hand blender. Unlike my last soup I stopped before it had all been blended to smooth. This means every so often there’s a bit of chunkiness to the soup.
Cook the tortellini in a boiling pan of water for only a couple of minutes. They don’t take long to go over. Add to the soup, top with tzakizi and serve. If you are going to cool this and take to work I would suggest cooking the tortellini and keeping in an air tight container. Or cooking the morning you’re taking it in. Then re-warm at work. 7 tortelloni seems to work quite well.
Numbers (if you’re bothered.)
This soup is incredibly low cal. If you make six portions it comes to 250 cals. Add the bread and the tzatziki. It still comes to only 350 ish cals. Which is a fantastic lunch option.
I would recommend reading Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker.
My serial number is 6545-01-522. I was unpacked from a plastic case, pulled open, checked and reassembled.
Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops into a war zone when he is gravely injured by an exploding IED. This devastating moment and the transformative months that follow are narrated here by forty-five objects, shifting back and forwards in time, separate pieces in a puzzle, telling one unforgettable story.
^ Sounds good eh.