beet + apple soup

14 Apr

My boyfriend is not so crazy about vegetables.  His favourite food is hamburgers.  He thinks that a Manwich is a meal.

Yet, he loves this soup…

and for good reason, it’s earthy and flavourful and it looks oh so pretty too.

Makes 8 servings

$1.30 per 2 servings

beet & apple soup

adapted from Gourmet, November 2000

ingredients

  • 6 medium beets
  • 2 tart red apples such as macintosh or empire
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 c vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • goat cheese (optional)

preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cut beets in quarters and roast on a foil lined baking sheet, skin side up, for 45 minutes to an hour.

Cool beets and peel the skin off with a paring knife (skin should come off fairly easily after roasting).  Cut beets into small chunks.

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  At the same time, start heating the vegetable broth in a separate pot.  Add onion to the oil and sautee until soft – 2 minutes.  Add garlic and cayenne and sautee another minute.  Add beets and hot broth.  Bring to a boil.

While the soup is coming to a boil, peel the apples and cut them into cubes.  Add to boiling broth and reduce mixture to a simmer.

Simmer for about 35 minutes or until beets are tender enough to pierce easily with a fork.

Puree the soup.  Add cider vinegar and salt & pepper to taste.  Add water if necessary to thin to desired consistency.

Garnish with goat cheese and cracked pepper.

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