Roast beetroot and apple soup recipe

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  • Vegetarian
serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 1 hr
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  • This mildly spiced beetroot soup is paired with apples to create a thick and wholesome soup. Vibrant in its ruby colour, the beetroots sweet earthy flavours are released when roasted to create a soup bursting with flavour that is really surprisingly easy to cook. A very healthy soup full of nutrients that is great served simply with warm crusty bread and, if you have some, a little scatter of crumbled goats cheese for a beautiful flavour combination. A perfect starter to serve friends that can not fail to impress. Try serving with roast vegetable crisps as a garnish

    Ingredients

    • 1kg fresh beetroot, peeled & wedged
    • 2tbsp olive oil
    • 1tbsp ground cumin
    • 2tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus a few leaves to garnish
    • 25g unsalted butter
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 2 braeburn apples, peeled, cored & finely chopped
    • 1litre vegetable stock
    • 4tbsp half fat crème fraiche

    Method

    • Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6. Place the beetroot in a single layer over two large baking trays. Drizzle with the oil and toss with the cumin and thyme. Season well then roast for 40-50 minutes or until the beetroot is tender.

    • Meanwhile melt the butter in a large frying pan and add the onion. Sauté for 10 minutes before adding the adding and cooking for a further 5 minutes until softened.

    • Transfer to a large saucepan, stir through the roasted beetroot and pour over the stock. Simmer for 10 minutes then in batches transfer to a blender to blitz until smooth.

    • Serve with a spoonful of crème fraiche and a scattering of fresh thyme.

    Top tip for making Roast beetroot and apple soup

    For a really smooth consistency strain the soup through a sieve after blending

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