Onion Soup –

A very tasty soup with red wine and herbs

Serves 10

* 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil.
* 3 tablespoons of Tomato Paste.
* 2 kgms of Onions, peeled and sliced into large chunks.
* 10 cloves of Garlic, peeled and crushed.
* 6 Shallots, peeled and chopped.
* 1 kgm of Leeks, slice the white part approximately 6mm thick.
* 1/4 of a tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper.
* 2 1/2 tablespoons of fresh whole Thyme leaves.
* 1 1/2 cups of Red Wine.
* 1 litre of Vegetable Stock.
* 1 teaspoon of Salt.
* 2 Bay Leaves.
* 3/4 of a cup of grated Parmesan Cheese.

Cooking time on the stove: – 15 minutes.

Thermal cooking time: – A minimum of 2 hours.

1. Over a medium heat, brush a large skillet with the Olive Oil.
2. Add the Tomato Paste and cook until the colour darkens, stirring to prevent scorching for about 5 minutes.
3. Stir in the Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks, Cayenne Pepper and Thyme and then cook until the Onions become
translucent and start to caramelize, about 8 minutes.
4. Stir in the Red Wine and bring to the boil.
5. Transfer the Onion mixture to the Cook and Carry pot.
6. Add the Vegetable Stock, Salt and Bay Leaves.
7. Raise the heat and bring it to the boil.
8. Turn off the heat and transfer the pot into the Thermal Cooker.
9. Allow to cook for a minimum of 2 hours.

To serve: –

Ladle the soup into individual bowls and garnish each with about a table spoon of grated Parmesan Cheese.

Pumpkin Soup –

A deliciously creamy pumpkin soup with a touch of bacon tang. Ideal for cold winters afternoons and evenings.

Serves 6

* 40 grams of Butter.
* 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
* 2 diced Onions.
* 3 cloves of Garlic.
* 3 rashers of Bacon trimmed and diced.
* 1 Massel Vegetable Stock cube.
* 1 kg Pumpkin (preferably Jap) peeled and cut into fairly large chunks.
* 6 stalks of Parsley.
* 1/2 a cup of Milk or Coconut Milk Powder.
* Salt and Pepper to taste.
* Sour Cream and chopped Chives for a garnish when serving.

Cooking time on the stove: – 5 minutes.

Thermal cooking: – 1 hour minimum.

1. Gently fry the onions, garlic and bacon in the butter and olive oil in the pot over a medium heat.
2. Turn the heat down and add the pumpkin and enough boiling water to fill the pot to approximately 80% then add the stock
cube, parsley, salt and pepper.
3. Bring the pot back to the boil and then simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes with the lid on.
4. Turn off the heat and transfer the pot to the outer Thermal Cooker and close the lid.
5. After atleast 1 hour remove the inner pot and puree the soup with milk or coconut milk powder.
6. Serve and garnish with the sour cream and chopped chives.

Garden Vegetable Soup –

A delightful chunky vegetable soup ideal for cold winters afternoons.

Serves 6.

* 6 cups of water.
* 1 table spoon of Olive Oil.
* 2 large Onions, peeled and chopped into chunks.
* 1 stalk of Celery chopped into large pieces.
* 2 medium Carrots, peeled and diced.
* 2 cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely chopped.
* 2 medium Potatoes, peeled and diced.
* 1 cup of fresh or frozen green Beans.
* 1 can of Kidney Beans, well rinsed.
* 4 Roma Tomatoes diced.
* 1 tablespoon of Basil chopped finely.
* Pepper and Salt to taste.
* 125 gm of uncooked Pasta Noodles.

Cooking time on the stove: – 10 minutes.

Thermal cooking time: – A minimum of 2 hours.

1. Bring the water to the boil in the pot on medium heat.
2. Heat the Olive Oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
3. Stir fry the Onions and Celery for a minute then add the other vegetables one at a time.
4. Sprinkle with Basil, Pepper and Salt and stir fry well for about 3 minutes.
5. Stir the cooked vegetables into the pot and bring the water back to the boil.
6. Turn off the heat and transfer the pot into the Thermal Cooker for a minimum of 2 hours.
7. When the meal is ready to eat cook the Pasta separately and stir it into the soup on serving.

Chicken Soup –

An indispensable base for many dishes, but this broth is perhaps best appreciated just as it is, for both taste and healing qualities.

Chicken Broth
1 free range chicken (about 1.6 kg)
1 large onion halved
2 small carrots
2 sticks of celery, halved widthways
1 head of garlic , halved widthways
1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
1 tablespoon of sea salt
2 fresh bay leaves

Simmering time on the stove top: 20 minutes

Thermal cooking time: 3 hours minimum

1. Place the ingredients into the saucepan and pour over enough water to cover the chicken.
2. Slowly bring this to the boil.
3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Transfer the inner saucepan into the vacuum insulated outer container and cloase the lid.
5. Leave for a minimum of 3 hours.
6. Remove the chicken from the inner saucepan and strain the broth and discard the remaining solids.
7. Remove the meat from the chicken, discard the skin and bones.
8. Coarsely shred the chicken meat.

For Chicken Soup
Broth from above
Coarsely shredded chicken meat from above
25 grams of butter
2 large onions cut into 1 cm pieces
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 small leeks, white part only, cut into 1cm pieces
3 stalks of celery, cut into 1cm pieces
1/2 a cup of coarsely chopped flat leaf parsely
Wholemeal multigrained bread or rolls, warmed to serve.

Simmering time on the stove top: 10 minutes

Thermal cooking time: 30 minutes minimum

1. Heat the butter in the inner saucepan over a low heat and add the onions, garlic, leek and celery.
2. Cook until the onion is soft.
3. Add the chicken meat and broth, slowly bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Transfer the inner saucepan into the vacuum insulated outer container and close the lid.
5. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes.
6. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in the parsely and serve with warmed wholemeal bread or rolls.


3 Responses to “Soups”

  1. Michele Says:

    Hi, do all these recipes work with the wonder box as well? πŸ™‚

    • thermalcooker Says:

      In general Yes, they should all work in a wonder box. The consideration you should make is that with a wonder box the size pot you use and the amount of food inside are variables that will need to be considered in cook time etc. Remember that a full pot of any size will work better than an empty pot because dead air space is a poor retainer of heat and will let the food cool more quickly. With a wonder box the quicker you can get the pot off the heat source and into the wonder box and covered the better. It’s amazing how much heat can be lost in those few seconds after removing the pot from the stove and placing it into the wonder box.

      • Michele Says:

        Thank you so much for your reply. πŸ™‚ Much appreciated! I was wondering, I am also trying to find out if one can make a wonder box with 100% cotton as opposed to denim fabric. Do you know perhaps? πŸ™‚

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