In the Test Kitchen – Soup
Autumn is in full swing, and there is very little that is more satisfying than a hearty bowl of soup as the days get longer. We thought we’d head into the test kitchen this month to see how we can enjoy our favourite apple in one of our favourite dishes — SOUP!
Ambrosia apples make a great addition to many existing soup recipes, and there are several original creations on our website, as well.
A good foundation to any soup is a good stock. In our kitchen, whenever we make a roast chicken, or we have rotisserie chicken on a lazy Friday night, we freeze the carcasses and make a stock when we have the time. (We do the same thing with fish bones and shellfish casings for a hearty home-made fish stock.) We’ve started adding an Ambrosia apple to our chicken stock, and are very pleased with the results. It not only adds a bit of flavour, but it also gives the stock a little pectin, and subsequently some solidity.
We also like to make a delicious tomato soup in our electric pressure cooker. It’s quick, easy, and very satisfying. It’s also vegan, which is a bonus for many, especially this month: November is World Vegan Month! We thought we’d chop an Ambrosia apple and toss it in, and the results were delicious. The Ambrosia added a hint of sweetness, and gave the soup even more texture. We’ve included the recipe below, and we think we’ll keep the Ambrosia addition!
Creamy Tomato Vegan Soup with Ambrosia Apples
- 1 tin diced tomatoes
- 1 c vegetable stock
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1 small carrot
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 Ambrosia apple
- 1 can coconut milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
Dice the onion, carrot, celery and Ambrosia apple. Using the Saute function on the electric pressure cooker, saute onion, carrot, and celery in the olive oil until soft. Add the Ambrosia apple, tomatoes, stock, and salt and pepper. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes and manually release. Blend until smooth with an immersion blender. Stir in coconut milk and additional salt and pepper (if required). Serve with vegan crackers. Enjoy!