Gluten free - dairy free - grain free - refined sugar free - egg free - nut free - can be vegetarian
Apologies to those of you living in climates that are now enjoying the delights of warm weather, but in my part of the world, the cold, rainy, definitely wintry weather is just begging to be thwarted by a nice, big, comforting bowl of hot soup!
This is one of my favourites. It's from Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food, and I have only made a couple of small changes to it. The hero ingredient is the chorizo. It offers such a depth of flavour that veges alone won't. But I've also made it without the chorizo and it's still a great soup. I try to buy organic, sulfite free cured meats when possible, but chorizo can be a little hard to come by. If you want extra flavour but don't want to use chorizo, try some organic, sulfite-free bacon. Or, just go vegetarian...you won't be sorry! I also use my own chicken stock whenever possible, because of all it's wonderful immune-boosting properties.
Everything gets roughly chopped before being thrown into a pot of stock, boiled, and eventually blended till smooth. So easy! It should serve 8 people as a main, with some bread on the side if you like.