Beetroot Soup decorated with Coconut Hearts – too good not to share with your vegan valentine!
I don’t really ‘do’ Valentine’s Day – there is no card swapping or gift giving – but I do like an excuse to pretty up food and remind Mr TS just how much I love him. This beetroot soup was delicious but plain without those cute little hearts sashaying around on its surface. Now it cries out ‘Ooh, look at me, aren’t I FABULOUS?! See how much she adores you?!’
How to Make Beetroot Soup
I scrubbed my organic beetroot and roasted them whole for about 2 hours in a baking dish covered with tin foil. I poked them with a skewer to see if they were tender and then left them to cool completely in the tin, under the foil, before slipping off their skins and chopping them into chunks.
Time Saver: If you want to skip this stage you can use ready cooked vacuum packed beetroot but NOT pickled beetroot or your Valentine will run a mile and who could blame them?
The inspiration for my beetroot soup came from the beautiful traditional Eastern European borscht but I made a much lighter dish by leaving out the potatoes, carrots and celery you would typically find and allowing the beetroot to take centre stage. My blended beetroot soup is delicately flavoured with garlic, caraway seeds and chipotle chilli and it is is subtly smoky and very moreish.
Bread to Go with Beetroot Soup
I also made a loaf of simply seeded soda bread to dip into our soup and mop up the last of its loveliness. You could also try my vegan soda bread with herbs (add some dill to complement the beetroot soup beautifully!) Soda bread is best eaten warm from the oven but If you don’t eat it all with your soup, pop it into a bag and freeze it for another day.
Toppings for Soup
You don’t have to make little coconut hearts of course, you can swish the yoghurt through in swirls or leave it out completely. Some alternative toppings for beetroot soup could be:
- Chopped fresh herbs – dill does particularly well with beetroot but you could also try flat leaf parsley, coriander leaf, mint or oregano.
- Fresh croutons – fry bite sized cubes of yesterday’s bread in a little olive oil with garlic until brown and crisp.
- A spoonful of fresh pesto – the pepperiness of my nasturtium pesto would be brilliant here, in fact, I’m off to try it immediately!
Beetroot Soup with Coconut Cream Hearts
A super simple beetroot soup all prettied up for your beloved vegan valentine. This soup can be ready in under 20 minutes leaving you more time for gazing into each other's eyes.
- 200 g (1 cup) Cooked Beetroot, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
- 1 small Red Onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tsp Caraway Seeds
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp Chipotle Chilli Flakes, to taste (optional)
- 300 ml (1.2 cups) Vegetable Stock
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp thick coconut milk yoghurt
- 1-2 tbsp almond milk
Gently heat a tablespoonful of sunflower oil in a small frying pan, add the onion and fry until soft.
Add the garlic, caraway seeds and chilli seeds to taste and fry for a further minute.
Put the cooked beetroot, onion mixture and vegetable stock into a high speed blender (I used my Optimum G2.3 Induction Blender) and blend until really smooth. Add a little more water if it's too thick and salt and pepper to taste.
My blender has a soup function which means that, at this point, it is piping hot and ready to eat! If yours hasn't, you are using a food processor or stick blender, pour your soup into a saucepan and heat through gently.
Pour into warmed soup bowls.
Whisk the coconut yoghurt with a little almond milk to thin it - you want a dropping consistency like thick cream. Dot spots of the mixture around your beloved's bowl of soup. Drag the tip of a skewer or a cocktail stick through each creamy spot to make little hearts.
If you want to roast your beetroot for extra flavour you will need to scrub them and then bake them in a foil covered baking dish in a hot oven for about 2 hours until tender.
I’m pretty sure you will have won the heart of your Vegan Valentine with this soup and bread combination – just imagine if someone had created it for you!
If you are a cards and gifts Valentine, why not make your own? These little Fingerprint Love Hearts are simple and oh so pretty!
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