Soup, like many things in life, favours the couple, the popular people. We live in a world where couples, whether we like it or not have more buying power, their currency goes that little bit further, opens a few more doors, let’s just say they’re more of a Kuwaiti dinar than a Zimbabwean dollar. You think you’re going to keep the comfy chair to your bitter single self when a couple wants to snuggle on it? Dream on! A country get away and a double bed for a spinster like thee? Get real bozo! Even British sterling seems to go further in the hands of people in love and buys two rounds at the pub for the price of one, who knew! But anyway, I digress.
With soup it is always standard practice to make massive batches and share it with your friends and loved ones, or…freeze it. This is probably because soups are labour intensive, what with all the chopping, boiling and simmering that goes into them. I get frustrated because I like to experiment with soup and they do sometimes go wrong. I don’t always want to get lumbered with 10 portions of rocket soup/grandfather soup. On my search for ‘Soup for singles’ and ‘soup for one’. I stumbled across from quite amusing stuff. Firstly this.
The soundtrack to making your soup for one! It reached #80 in the charts and you also might recognise this as it was sampled in Modjo’s Lady (hear me tonight) from back in 2000.
Next thing. There was a film made called ‘Soup for One’ in 1982. A sexually-themed rom-com (why aren’t there more of these nowadays?!). According to Wikipedia, it surprisingly wasn’t a box-office success, this was apparently due to the ‘over the top sex scenes’. The tagline for the film is “When you’re looking for love, you find yourself doing some very funny things.“, which reminded me of my MASSIVE Hailo app bill from the weekend, which in hindsight isn’t funny at all and wasn’t so much about finding love as it was finding a pub in Hampstead which wasn’t very near a tube stop, oh well.
I found and bought this:
…and also found some potential solutions, including a) Freeze it b) make it into a shepherd’s pie (some kind of horrible frankenpie) or c) Invite some friends over—um chello! If I had loads of friends that wanted to eat my soups all the time I wouldn’t be in this conundrum in the first place.
I was determined to find a recipe which would make just enough for ONE portion, no mates and NO lovers, just me and the soup, it’s ON. A winter warmer, which is a taste sensation, just for me. Here’s the recipe.
Red Pepper and Cheddar soup with caramelised onions
- Add butter to sauce pan and saute onion, carrot and sweet pepper for about five minutes.
- Add the potato and stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for approx 30 mins.
- Add more butter to a different saucepan, add milk slowly and whisk constantly, add flour and whisk until thickened. Add cheese and stir in until smooth, remove from heat.
- Blend the vegetables and add the cheese sauce to them.
- For the onions: add olive oil to pan and bring to a medium heat. Add onions and cook on a low heat for approx 20 minutes. Do not burn.
For the soup
- 1 medium-sized potato peeled and diced
- 450ml chicken stock
- 25g cheddar, grated
- 150ml cup milk
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 3/4 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 long red sweet peppers, chopped
For the caramelised onions
- Olive oil
- 1/2 onion
So how did it taste?
Well, it’s not the edgiest of soups but then I suppose this post isn’t about being edgy, it’s about being sensible and only making as much soup as you need for one sensible, lone, person. The reddish hue to it pleased me somewhat and the onions gave it a bit more bite. I think it would be left distinctly lacking something without them. Despite the addition of cheese it didn’t taste cheesy but it contributed greatly to the creamy texture. If you’re a fan of cheesy soups then I would suggest using a maturer cheddar, if less so then stick to the milder varieties.
Cost: 2 pound signs out of 10
Tastiness: 4 tongues out of 10
Complexity: 4 Labyrnths out of 10
Overall: 5 Ladles out of 10