Comfort food for the cooler months!
In Brisbane, Australia, it doesn't get as cold as it does in some other parts of the world. But when I was living with my aunt while I was at university, she introduced me to a fantastic home-made recipe that she'd come up with, that not only TASTES fantastic, but is healthy, hearty, and light on the hip-pocket.
In short, perfect for uni/college students the world over.
Also the budget concious mums and dads, singles who like to cook up big and then freezer for later - pretty much any one!
The beauty of two-handful soup is that ALL - and I do mean ALL - of the ingredients are interchangable with just about anything else you can think of!
In my family, and the few of my friends who've been converted when they come round for dinner, we tend to stick to the following list. The measurements are....two handfuls of each ingredient! ;-)
Remember, the beauty of cooking is that you can adapt and modify it to suit all variety of tastes, so don't be afraid to pick it up and run with it!
- Meat of your choice.
- Thick soup mix or can of soup of your choice
- Fresh potato, diced
- Fresh pumpkin, diced
- Fresh onion, diced
- Frozen beans
- Frozen Julienne carrots
- 2 x packets of 2 minute noodles
- Garlic powder
- Ground pepper
Essentials Shopping List
* garlic powder
* cracked pepper
* soup mix
* a healthy appetite!
The other groovy thing about this recipe is that it can be done on the stove top - or in the microwave!
1. Put your defrosted meat into the bottom of a pirex dish and coat liberally with garlic powder and cracked pepper. Cook on high for about 4 minutes, or until cooked through.
2. Add all of the other ingredients, being sure to crush up the noodles as much as possible.
3. Pour 2 cups of water over the lot, add more garlic powder and cracked pepper to taste, and stir.
4. Cook on high for 4 minutes, stir and add pepper to taste, cook for another 4 minutes, stir again and add extra water if required, cook a final 4 minutes before serving.
Be creative in the kitchen
There are tons of places you can find inspiration, tools and equipment for your meals; why not check out some of these?
Meats we have tried
Since concocting the above recipe, my aunt and I have tried between us:
What have you tried?
I'd dearly love to hear what you thought about our recipe! Have you tried making it yet? Or have you managed to con someone else into making it for you?!
I love this recipe, and it is great as comfort food, as a winter-warmer, and a hearty, healthy soup for when you're feeling unwell.
Please share your thoughts!