Carrot and Rice Soup

The perfect post-vaccine soup if you are feeling a little fragile because it's warm, soothing and gently nourishing; comforting and restoring on a cold winter's day.

Ingredients

  • 100g butter

  • 200g onion, finely chopped

  • 200g carrots, coarsely  grated

  • 1 medium potato, peeled and coarsely grated

  • 1 leek, washed and chopped

  • 800ml water or chicken stock (not cube)

  • 25g long grain rice

  • Rather generous grating of nutmeg

  • Salt and pepper


Method

  • Melt half the butter in a pan, add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook gently until opaque


  • Add the grated carrot, potato, leek with the rest of the butter and fry very gently for about 5 minutes, stirring


  • Add the rice, then add the chicken stock or water, generously grate in the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.


  • Simmer very gently with a lid on the pan for 20 minutes or so, by which time the rice and vegetables should be cooked.

Helpful Hints

This is undoubtedly at its best when made with good chicken stock. However, if you don't have some to hand, it's perfectly acceptable to make it with water and I think - on this unusual occasion - better than using a stock cube.