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Lamb & Winter Vegetable Soup


Lamb & Vegetable Soup

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It’s freezing cold out there with patchy frost! The temperature dropped to -4 Celcius! I now realise winter isn’t interesting at all, unless it snows which makes me excited (just for a while). Don’t know why but I guess it’s nice. (Kristin, I’m sure you agree with me! Let’s build snowman this year in front of ermmmm.. not anywhere near the dump! *LOL*) I believe staying indoor is the best option.

As there were some carrots, turnips and some potatoes, I thought a warm bowl of goodness would be a good idea. So, I decided to make Lamb & Winter Vegetable Soup last night. I like this sort of cooking where I cut all the vegetables into chuncks or cubes and let Le Creuset cocotte does its wonders of slow cooking.

As you may remember, I cooked Ratatouille using myLe Creuset. It’s really a life-time kitchen item that is worth investing in. For lamb and winter vegetables soup, you can substitute any root vegetables you fancy. Don’t know about your but I particular like turnips because of their unique taste. The only chore of cooking lamb and winter vegetables soup is to chop all the ingredients. Then, you can just sit and watch your telly while waiting for your lamb and winter vegetable soup to be cooked and served.

Tomato Risotto

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For the tomato essence:

•850g cherry tomatoes
•1/2 small fennel, sliced
•1 garlic clove, finely sliced
•1/4 celery stick, chopped
•1/4 shallot, finely sliced
•1 sprig fresh basil
•1 sprig fresh thyme
•2 -3 drops Tabasco sauce
•1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

For the risotto:

•2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
•1 onion, finely chopped
•1 garlic clove, crushed
•250g risotto rice, such as carnaroli
•Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•150g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1cm/½in cubes
•400ml water
•400ml tomato essence
•10 cherry tomatoes, halved
•80g asparagus, cut into 5cm lengths
•80g peas
•4 tsp freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling



To make the tomato essence, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.Place the mixture, in batches, into a food processor and pulse five times for 1-2 seconds each time. Transfer the purée into a large bowl and repeat until all of the vegetables have been puréed.


Cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for six hours. Line a clean bowl with a large piece of muslin and spoon in the tomato mixture. Draw the corners of the muslin cloth together and tie up tightly. String the muslin ‘bag’ up above the bowl to catch the strained juices. Leave to strain overnight. (Do not be tempted to squeeze the muslin.) Once strained, cover and refrigerate until needed.


Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. To make the risotto, heat a pan over a medium heat, add the olive oil and gently fry the onion for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the rice, stirring well to coat in the olive oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the rice is translucent. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Place the halved (or whole) cherry tomatoes onto a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast in the oven for 5-6 minutes, or until the tomatoes are just tender and collapsed slightly.


Add the butternut squash to the pan and mix well. Add the water and half of the tomato essence, then bring to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Place the remaining tomato essence into a saucepan and warm through.


By now, the rice should have absorbed all of the liquid. Remove the lid and stir well. Add the asparagus cook for a couple of minutes. Add the peas and parmesan and stir well, adding a little water if the risotto is too dry.To serve, spoon the risotto into a small serving bowl. Top with a few roasted tomatoes, a little sprinkling of parmesan.


  • jeena says:

    This soup looks delicious, I love the toasted bread to serve it with! Great recipe. 🙂

  • Christine says:

    I must say, I’m not a fan of the cold. But, golly, I do like vegetable soups and lamb adds such a nice richness. Yes, turnips are great – I wish more people would use them.

  • Kristin says:

    Yeah, i agree with you but we can build it at your house… easy for both of us to get to from work 🙂 we can sneak out at lunchtime and just not come back… thats my plan!!!

    yummy, that looks so good, healthy and wholesome though!

  • [jeena] Thanks for your comment. I do like to have soup with a piece of good bread 🙂

    [Christine] Turnips make really good dishes. I love the Chinese turnips too!!

    [Kristin] Can’t agree with you more! You should try making this dish – easy and nice!

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