Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Beef hotpot soup

AP loves stews, especially beef stew, even on a hot and sunny day. Well, anything with beef really. It must be a man-thing. I don't mind making stews and casseroles, because there is nothing simpler than just putting everything in a pot and letting the oven (or crockpot/slowcooker) do its job with hours of slow, gentle cooking.

With the amount of meat and vegetables that I buy and how they are packaged or portioned, I often end up with more than 2 persons' share. The leftover often go into the freezer when just one of us need lunch or dinner. But other than eating the stew again later as it is, or making a pie (but that's for another post) one could also make a soup out of it for something different.

I made a beef stew last week, following this recipe (using less beef and adding two chopped parsnips for sweetness). We had most of it for dinner and I kept the leftover portion in the fridge and made a soup out of it for lunch the next day (which we had with some bread, cheese and tomatoes). All the flavours were already in the stew, just in a 'concentrated form' compared to a soup. So what I did was to thin out the leftover stew with a bit of stock (around 300ml), bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for a few minutes, and break up the large chunks of beef and vegetables with a wooden spoon (they break apart easily from having been slow cooked). You can also pulse the mixture in a food processor, and control how chunky or blended you want your soup to be.

Beef hotpot soup

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Heather said...

That looks divine, Nilmandra! We've been stuck with some pretty cold and cloudy weather all spring, and this looks like the kind of food I'm craving. Beef and mushrooms are best mates.

VeggieGirl said...

Soup is definitely a great meal, anytime.

noble pig said...

Oh yeah...what a concept! I love it! I love the name too.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Leftover soups are the best! I'll toss 3 or 4 nights worth of leftovers into a pot with some stock to make soup. The only bad part is that I can never seem to reproduce the really good ones.

Nilmandra said...

Heather: AP seems to think mushrooms are best mates with just about anybody!

Veggie: Healthy and filling too if it's chunky.

Noble pig: I got the name from a store bought soup actually! It's called 'Beef Hotpot' and it looked and tasted rather like watery (but still flavoursome) beef stew, which was what gave me the idea of turning the leftover stew into soup.

Marc: I can't bear to throw away leftovers either. Waste not, want not!

tigerfish said...

It looks so good! I can just eat this on its own. Slurp!

Nilmandra said...

Tigerfish: Me too, especially when it takes minutes to cook!

Zoe said...

hey...i saw your flickr pics and was wondering where your post for the beef stew was (the pics on 'before and after the oven')

question (cuz i've never used the oven for stew before!):
comparing the amount of gas i'll use to cook a stew (boil, simmer, slow-cook etc), how long do u take to cook a stew in the oven to get the same type of erm, texture?

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