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Food Share Friday: Root Soup

From this week I will starting a new feature called 'Food Share Friday' whereby I will be sharing my favourite recipes on the blog and inviting you all to get your whisks out too!
Today we'll be kicking it off with a winter warmer, my mighty Root Soup.  This soup is perfect for warming the cockles of your heart as the colder nights are starting to draw in, as well as using up any gammon you may not have used from the night previously to give it a real smoky feel. It's also super affordable, serving 4 people for around £1 each!

What you will need:

- 3 x Sweet Potatoes
- 3 x Parnsips
- 150g of left over smoked gammon/smoked bacon
- 2 x chicken stock cubes
- Salt and Pepper
- Oil (I used vegetable oil)
Step 1: Peel the parnsips and roughly chop up into small cubes.  Leave the sweet potato skins on and roughly chop into circles - it's easier to peel a sweet potato once cooked.  Place the vegetables in a roasting tin, drizzle some oil on the veg and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Roast for 45 minutes at 200 degrees.

Step 2: Remove vegetables from oven and leave to cool.

Step 3: Peel skins of potato, place all cooked vegetables in a bowl.  Boil the kettle to make up 2 pints of chicken stock and then pour into bowl.  Add cooked gammon.  Leave for an hour to infuse.

Step 4: Blend the mixture to form a puree.  I prefer to separate the mix into half and whizz it up in a food processor, but you can hand blend if you wish to. Add more stock if you want your soup to be a thinner consistency.
Step 5: Pop into a saucepan and heat up for a hearty dinner on a cold night! I served my soup with a drizzle of single cream and some rustic bread from the bakery at my local supermarket.

There you have it! A simple but hearty meal, packed full of nutritional value and at an affordable price.  

What would you like to see on the next Food Share Friday? Have you got any recipes to share?

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