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Potato peel soup

Potato peel soup

New recipes don’t always mean starting from scratch with a set of pristine ingredients. This delicious soup is a brilliant example of that - give it a go.
By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Serves 4
Prep/Cook time: 20-30 minutes
A white bowl of thick potato soup topped with parsley

Ingredients

About 200g potato peelings - about as much as you’d get from preparing a decent-sized tray of roast potatoes
1 large or 2 medium onions, diced
Use up what you have. Sping onions, leeks and shallots work well here.
500ml whole milk
500ml chicken or vegetable stock
20g butter, or rapeseed or sunflower oil
1 bay leaf
Fried sage leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley leaves (optional)
Crisp-grilled bacon (optional)

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Recipe

  1. Heat the butter or oil in a medium saucepan over a medium-low heat and add the onions, bay leaf and a good pinch of salt. Sauté gently, until the onions are soft but haven’t taken on much colour, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add the potato peelings and give everything a very good stir for a minute.

  3. Pour in the milk and stock, season well with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently until the peels are very tender – another 10 minutes or so.

  4. Remove from the heat and cool slightly, then purée in a food processer, blender or using a stick blender until very smooth.

  5. Return the soup to the pan and reheat gently. Season well with salt and pepper and stir in the chopped parsley, if using.

  6. Serve in warmed bowls, topped with fried sage leaves and shards of crisp-grilled bacon, if you like. Finish with a generous grind of pepper.

  7. Remember to freeze any portions you don’t eat this time to save them from going in the bin. A great time saver for a simple meal another day when you may be busy.

    Defrost your frozen portions in the fridge and use within 24 hours, or in a microwave on 'defrost' directly before use.
Make the most of your leftovers
Store in
Airtight container
Time
Fridge for 2 days, freezer for 3 months
Where to store
Fridge or freezer
Reheat
Oven or microwave until piping hot. Reheat only once.

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