My favourite comfort food isn’t stodgy – the idea of bursting out of my jeans would definitely have a negative effect on my relaxation! This cheap, healthy vegetable soup always leaves me feeling cosy and content. It gets its name from a day when my family were stuck at home because snow made getting out of our village too risky. My mum grabbed some vegetables from the fridge, some pasta from the cupboard and whipped up a gorgeous lunch. I’ll definitely be recreating it when the Exeter wind and rain are knocking at the windows!
- 2 carrots
- 1 small onion
- 2 sticks celery
- 1 red pepper
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- ½ carton tomato passata
- 100g small pasta shapes
- Grate the vegetables with a cheese grater, or cut them into very fine strips.
- Fry the onion gently in the butter – it should be soft, not crispy.
- Make the stock – just pour boiling water over a stock cue for those who don’t know!
- Add the vegetables and simmer them for a minute, before adding the pasta, stock and tomato passata.
- Leave to bubble away for about 15 minutes until the pasta is soft.
- Serve with bread and grated cheese!