It’s the week before Christmas, and in light of what happened this past Friday in Connecticut I think everyone is slowing down and enjoying time with their loved ones. I don’t really talk about politics on this blog, but I will mention that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the grieving families who have lost a loved one.
Whenever I feel melancholy or overwhelmed, I do like a warm bowl of soup. It’s comforting, and a perfect way to end a cold winter day. This one is extremely easy, and does not take too much time, or many ingredients to make. As each of you hurry to get all of your Christmas shopping done, plan your holiday meals, and decorate your homes- also take the time to make some warm soup (such as this one!) and enjoy it with your family and friends.
Also, a note on the new bowls. We received these as a wedding present (all different colors) from our friends- Ben & Brittany- from Anthropologie, a colorful bowl for a gloomy evening!
Creamy Winter Veg Soup
Fifth Floor Kitchen Original
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 leeks, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 bulb fennel, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4-5 turnips, peeled & chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 large potatoes, cooked OR 3 cups mashed potatoes
4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of parsley, chopped
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Then add in the onion, sauté them until they are translucent, for about 5 minutes. Then add in the leeks, bulb fennel, turnips, salt and pepper. Cook while stirring for about 10 minutes, or until the fennel is soft. Then add in the potatoes, broth and water, cook for another 15 minutes.
Puree the soup using a blender. Pour back into the large pot, cook for another 10 minutes, feel free to add more salt or pepper.
Ladle soup into bowl, sprinkle with parsley & enjoy with a slice of fresh bread!