Assalaamu Alaykum folks,
It’s a little known fact that some Muslim men can actually cook… I don’t count myself in their number but I can dabble a bit and as I’ve even the past shared some other recipes from blogs I thought I’d share this one… my ‘Red Hot Pepper Soup.’
So here goes, it seems like it has a lot of ingredients but it’s really easy and simple to make.
8 – 10 people easily
- Large knob of butter
- 3 medium sized red onions
- 5-10 pepper corns, 3-5 cloves whole
- 5 cloves of garlic
- About 5 or 6 Medium sized mushrooms
- 2 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of chilli flakes
- 4 medium to large carrots
- 2 parsnips
- Good size handful of green beans
- 2 Peppers
- 2 tins of mixed beans, or two tins of two different types of beans
- 2 tins of tomatoes
- 2 tbsp of tomato puree
- 2 tsp of cracked black pepper
- 2 vegetable stock cubes, or some other stock cubes if you prefer
- 1.5l of water
- Place a large cooking pot on the hob, medium heat, add the butter and let it melt being careful not to let it burn.
- Chop the red onions small and add to the pot when the butter is melted, stir occasionally, you want to soften them up not brown them or caramelize them.
- Chop the garlic roughly and add with the whole black pepper corns and cloves.
4. Chop / slice the mushrooms and add to the pot. I prefer to slice half so has that mushroomly look my wife likes and so can easily be avoided for the kids bowls, as well as finely chopping the other half so it dissolves in the soup so I can sneakily feed it to the kids without them knowing about it.
5. Allow the onions, garlic, pepper, cloves and mushrooms have cooked for about 5 minutes on a gentle heat. Stir occasionally and if sticking add a little water to the pot to avoid any burning.
6. Chop the carrots and parsnips, at an angle if you like to make it look nicer when cooked and add to the mix, stir in and allow to cook and soften for further 5 minutes whilst you move onto the next step.
7. Cut up the green beans and peppers, add to the pot along with the tomato puree, salt, chilli flakes, and cracked black pepper. Stir and allow to cook for a few more mins, add water again if necessary to prevent sticking.
7. Add beans and tomato tins along with the juice from the tins, vegetable stock cubes, and 1.5l of water. This doesn’t seem like a lot for a large pot but the fluid from the tins also adds to the volume as well.
8. Cover, bring to a simmer and leave it for about 35-45 minutes. Stir occasionally when needed to avoid any of the beans or other vegetables sticking to the bottom of the pot
40-45 minutes is about right if you want it to be soft but not soft, I tend to cook it for 35 minutes so that when I warm it up to eat for a 2nd meal the vegetables are not going to turn mushy.
9. Finally serve up with whatever bread you prefer. My kids prefer crusty french breads with butter on, but trying to be healthy myself I think it goes better with brown bread, whether shop bought or home made.
So there it is, a very simple and healthy home made soup, very warming, especially if you substitute the chilli flakes with a little scotch bonnet which I like doing sometimes but my kids complain about it being too hot.
Please feel free to share, like and let me know what you think.