That's my ‘Wholesome Winter Warming' soup!
  • Large glass of wine – to drink while preparing
  • Half a large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red pepper including seeds
  • Quarter of a red cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • Large handful of broccoli
  • Half a cup of lentils (soaked overnight*)
  • Half a cup of barley (soaked overnight*)
  • 2 cups of beans (soaked overnight*)
  • 2 cups of chopped tomatoes – mine were frozen and had herbs in them
  • Large handful of quartered mushrooms – I used crimini as white ones tend to steal flavor
  • A cup or two of quality stock
  • 1 cup of tomato juice
  • 1 glass or so of red wine (this time actually in the soup!)
  • Water to preferred consistency – less for a thicker soup
  • Season to taste with Salt & Pepper, chili flakes, Turmeric, Worcestershire sauce
  • Fry the onion and garlic in your favourite oil until it starts to brown
  • Chop the veg to size – large enough to have substance but small enough to be able to get a nice mix on your spoon
  • Top up your glass
  • Chuck it all in a large pot and bring to the boil
  • Stir occasionally – because stirring is therapeutic
  • Simmer until your patience runs out
  • Serve, (with wine) and eat quickly before anyone else wants any!
  • Use red wine to cleanse the pallet afterwards
Keeps good for days as long as you boil it once a day, and obviously feel free to add any other ingredients that take your fancy! I added some left over homemade turkey meatballs on the second day.I have no idea, nor do I really care about the calorific value but it sure tastes good…;-)
* Soaking grains overnight help to release and reduce Phytic acid. Phytic acid clings to certain minerals like Zinc, Calcium, and Magnesium and prohibits their absorption.

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