Another week has gone by without a blog post from me. I don’t know how this happens… Well, I do know. Just being busy with life and stuff. And not having lots to show for my work. At least, my last set of test knits is gone and I can enjoy some me-crafty-time. Hopefully, I’ll be able to take some more pics tomorrow. Today’s been a so-so day crafting wise, because my husband has spent most of his day in bed with the man-flu, meaning I couldn’t do what I had planned to do (lots of sewing – my sewing machine is in our bedroom).
But the one successful thing I did today was a gorgeous soup. The sick boy turned his nose at my offer of homemade cottage pie or lasagna. He only felt like soup. Fair enough. But I had this minced beef that I had to use today before it starts to go bad. So here’s what I did with it.
- 400g beef mince
- 1 butternut squash, cubed
- 1 carrot, chopped (bitesize)
- half a white cabbage, chopped (bitesize)
- 1 onion, chopped (bitesize)
- egg noodles
- spices (I used spicy season-all – crushed chili, paprika, cumin would be a good start)
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 tbsp of oil of your choice
Put your chopped butternut squash in a pan, cover with a lot of water, bring to boil and simmer until tender. You want a lot of water here, because we are making a broth. When tender, blend until completely smooth. Set aside.
In a big pan, heat the oil, then brown the meat. Add the vegetables (carrot, cabbage and onion) and the spices. Fry for a minute or 2, then cover with the butternut squash broth. Add in the stock cube and about a pint of water (we are making a lot of soup here!). Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 min.
After 15min of simmering, season with salt and add the noodles. Cook for another couple of minutes. The soup is ready!
Very satisfying, the broth is very very lovely – it needs to be spicy to keep this winter chill out!
Now, I’ve got enough for a generous lunch tomorrow, since after all this trouble making a soup, the boy decided to go back to bed without eating anything. Ah well, more for me!