Souper Starter

What’s that? Over there – in the water…

Is it a submarine?

Is it a torpedo?

Is it a lightning-fast eel?

No, it’s SOUPer Starter! Protector of humans at large from the flavourless and bland, the tasty avenger Souper Starter will race to the rescue. This vegetable-based powerhouse lends itself to a variety of meal choices:

  • Add some to boiling hot water for a fortifying drink
  • Stir into soup or stew for extra veggy punch
  • Mix into dough for flavourful breads, biscuits and crackers
  • Use it with nutritional yeast for a satisfying, hearty gravy
  • Marinate meat or add it to breading
  • Combine it with stuffing ingredients

There are probably more things you can do, but I’ll let your imagination take you there. 🙂 To summon this valiant crusader, gather the following:

  • One small can of tomato paste (about 126 ml)
  • 1 Tbsp Soya Sauce
  • 3 Sticks of celery (110 g)
  • 2 carrots (116 g)
  • 1 celery root (143 g)
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 head of garlic (28 g)
  • 2 leeks (265 g)
  • 6 sundried tomatoes (20 g)

Assemble the veggy-symbol to summon his arrival: Dice the garlic. chopped garlic

Mince the zucchini, omitting the inner seeded section (this would make the starter too watery)

small zuke

diced zuke

Grate the carrots and slice up the celery.

carrot and celery

carrot and celery cut up

Admire the celery root. What a magnificent beast! Slice off the outside layers and grate the root well.

celeriac

grated celery root

Trim the slim leeks and slit them from end to end. Wash them well to get any soil off and then slash them to bits.

leeks

minced leek

Finally, cut the sundried tomatoes into slivers and slice those into tiny pieces so that their pungent flavour will spread throughout the dish.

sundried tomatoes

Is the carnage over? Not by a long shot! Throw all of the vegetables into a large dutch oven and combine them with the soya sauce and tomato paste. Use an immersion blender to smooth the vegetables into a paste. Clean an ice cube tray (I mean SOUP-mobile) and sprinkle it with water.

ice cube tray

Add 2 Tbsp of starter to each seat of the SOUP-mobile.

ready for freezer

Cover the vehicle with a cloak of invisibility (plastic wrap) and propel it to the arctic region of your abode (a deep freezer is best). It will not freeze completely in the freezer, but there it will keep for many months, waiting to answer your urgent call.

The amounts given above will make approximately 29 servings of 2 Tbsp each. Each serving has this nutritional content:

  • Calories: 18 Wow-ee Zow-ee how is that even possible?
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbs: 4 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g

This versatile little stunner is featured in the following recipes:

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