2.16.2010

beet soup with feta

beet soup with feta

Days are getting slightly longer but still it's definitely soup time. This little beet soup will certainly see you through the end of the cold season. Even though it was puréed, the soup was not completely smooth, like a creamed soup, but still had little bits of beet in them, which gave it some crunchy bite. The best part are the slightly salty feta bits, which get a smooth texture from warming through in the soup without melting away.


beet soup with feta

Source: The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall

Ingredients:

3 to 4 medium (apple-sized) beets (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total)
1 Tbsp olive or sunflower oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cups good strong stock (beef is best, but chicken or vegetable will do)
1/2 recipe Roast Tomato Sauce *
3/4 cup (4 ounces) crumbled real (i.e. Greek, not Danish) feta cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper

* Used one can of diced tomatoes.

Method:

Peel the beets and grate them coarsly, or chop them into small dice. Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté the onion in it for a few minutes, until soft. Add the beets and stock and bring to a boil. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then simmer gently for 7 to 10 minutes, until the beets are tender. Stir in the tomato sauce, transfer the soup to a blender* and process until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Reheat the soup until thoroughly hot but not boiling. Divide between warm bowls and sprinkle over the feta cheese, then serve with crusty bread.

* Used an immersion blender.

4 comments:

mimicooks said...

You had me at beet, but feta too!! Yum, yum, yum!!

Joanne said...

What a gorgeous color! Feta goes so well with beets...that saltiness really complements the sweetness.

Elle said...

never thought to do beet soup with tomato...sounds wonderful, especially with the warmed feta saltiness.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Feta and beets, well yes that does sound like a wonderful match! One it's easy to get my mind around when you show me but not one I'd have come up with myself.