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Pieday Friday – Creamy corn soup recipe

I have to admit – this week’s Pieday Friday recipe isn’t my own. My friend Sophie, who has her own blog La Vie Sophie, shared this recipe back in 2015. It seemed almost too simple, but when I tried making it for myself I was amazed at just how easy it was to make a creamy corn soup that tasted great and contained no dairy at all. I’ve been making it ever since and now I just can’t keep it to myself anymore. So how did Sophie get the creaminess into the soup without adding dairy? It’s all down the three (yes, just three) ingredients in this recipe… Sweetcorn, stock and spaghetti. It’s the pasta that gives it the creaminess, that’s all there is to it. It’s healthy and tasty, and can be made with just a few ingredients that you probably already have at home. And if you pick up a pack of 25p spaghetti and a 40p tin of sweetcorn from the supermarket, this is a pretty low-cost lunch too! Of course, you could use fresh sweetcorn too – and you can experiment with veggie or chicken stock to vary the recipe a little – just give it a try and see what you prefer. If you’d like to make this meal for yourself here’s the link to the creamy corn soup recipe on Sophie’s blog, which gives you all the measurements, method and timings. And here are my pics of the process when I made this soup for lunch on Wednesday this week.

Sophie’s recipe calls for half of the soup to be blended and half to be left as it is. This gives you little noodles in the soup and less thick texture. But I’ve tried blending the whole pan of soup in the past and I really liked how creamy it turned out – plus, it soaked into the bread I was dipping into my bowl perfectly! I’m using the MX-ZX1800 Panasonic blender to whizz up my soup and it takes only seconds to blitz the whole batch of soup.

I used the pulse setting to start with, so that the sweetcorn and pasta would start to break down easily. When it started to look creamy, I turned up the blending function to whizz it into a really super-smooth texture. The thing is that I’m not actually much of a fan of tinned sweetcorn (love it fresh on the cob though!) so I like to make sure that all the sweetcorn kernels are completely blended before eating.

This blender can take hot or cold foods but some others can’t have hot liquids in them, so be sure to check and you might need to cook this in advance and let it cool down before you can blend it. Thankfully, the Panasonic blender is fine with hot liquids so I could cook, blend and dish up my lunch in a matter of minutes. When you’re as hungry as I am, speed is a bonus! Just a touch of salt and pepper is all that’s needed to finished off this dish – although I’ve found that a sprinkling of my favourite smoked paprika is a delicious addition too!

What do you think of Sophie’s recipe? Have you made any soups with pasta before? I hope you’ll have a look around Sophies blog and have a read of her fantastic posts and recipes. And I hope you enjoy your healthy yet creamy corn soup lunch!


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Pieday Friday Recipe – Butternut Squash & Stilton Soup

After my trip to the Maple Farm produce shop last weekend saw me bringing home a locally-grown butternut squash, I decided that the best way for me to cook the squash was to roast it and turn it into a tasty smooth soup. So I followed the farmer’s instructions to scrub the skin of the butternut squash, cut into 4 and scoop out the seeds before roasting for around 30 minutes until the flesh was soft – kind of like roasting a sweet potato. I sprayed the squash with Fry-light before roasting but you could drizzle with a little olive oil if you prefer.

I then scooped the flesh out of the skin (I tried the skin and it was a little too tough, and would have left stringy bits in my soup!) and blended it with a pint of vegetable stock, 3 tablespoons of cream cheese and around 30g of stilton (any blue cheese would be lovely). The butternut squash soup ended up being super-smooth and creamy, and was delicious with a little seasoning and a crumbling of blue cheese on top, lush!

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Let me know if you give this recipe a go yourself, and keep an eye out for more soup recipes on the blog soon (it must be that time of year again!)


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Simple Soup Recipe – Leek & Potato

I look forward to every autumn when I begin to have a lovely warming soup for lunch each day and this is one of my favourite. It’s great to make whenever I spot a bunch of leeks reduced in the supermarket and its so simple to make. Plus I use fry-light rather than oil or butter in order to make it a super-healthy dinner option.

Slice a bunch of approx 5-6 leeks and lightly brown in a frying pan using fry-light. Meanwhile, boil about 1kg of potatoes until soft and then add a vegetable stock cube to the boiling water and add the softened leeks. Blend the soup to the consistency that you prefer – I like it smooth – and add salt and pepper to taste.

Let me know if you have a go at making this super-simple dinner and I’ll be sharing more of my favourite easy soup recipes over the coming weeks so please come back soon! :)

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Simple Soup Recipe – Carrot and Coriander

This is a lovely simple soup recipe that I made earlier this week. I’d bought 3 big bags of carrots that were reduced to a bargain price at the supermarket with the idea that I could make a massive batch of this soup and jar it up for the coming week and freeze some more portions in plastic containers for later on this month. It would be much cheaper than buying tinned soup, and surely it’s got to be much more healthy with only veg and herbs in it!

I boiled 1kg carrots with 4-5 potatoes and when they were super-soft I added coriander leaves to the boiling water – you can use a big bunch of fresh coriander or use approx 2 tablespoons of dried coriander leaf. I blended everything together until it was smooth and added salt and pepper to taste before popping into sterilised jars and plastic freezer tubs.

Let me know if you have a go at making this super-simple dinner and I’ll be sharing more of my favourite easy soup recipes over the coming weeks so please come back soon! 🙂


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Thrifty recipe – Yummy sausage casserole

Such a simple recipe but a cheap yet filling meal for all the family. All you need is a pack of sausages, any root veg you like and an hour or so to cook it!

I began by browning the sausages under the grill and in the meantime I chopped up carrots, parsnips, swede, potatoes and onions and sautéed them in a big casserole pan before adding vegetable stock, a big spoonful of Bovril and a tin of tomatoes, along with the browned sausages. Stew in the oven for around half an hour until the veg is softened and the sausages are thoroughly cooked through. Simple but tasty!

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