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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Creamy Cavolo Nero & Leek Soup With Cavolo Nero Crisps...

Fancy making this healthy and tasty Cavolo Nero & Leek soup recipe?

Health Benefits of Cavolo nero, from nutritionist Fiona Hunter:

  • Like kale, cavolo nero boasts a string of health benefits which firmly place it in the ‘superfood’ category.
  • Cavolo nero is high in vitamins K, A and C
  • It is also high in lutein, calcium and folic acid
  • Cavolo nero contains manganese, copper and iron.

Five Reasons to make Leeks one of your Five-a-Day from nutritionist Fiona Hunter:
  • Energy - Leeks contain B vitamins which help the release of energy.
  • Gut Health - Leeks contain a type of fibre called Frucooligosaccharides (FOS) which can encourage the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.
  • Bone Health - Leeks contain Vitamin K which is important for bone health.
  • Nervous System - Vitamin B6 plays a role in the normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Immune System-Leeks contain B vitamins which help support the immune system

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Serves 4

Creamy Cavolo Nero & Leek Soup With Cavolo Nero Crisps:

You will need:

  • 200g pack sliced Cavolo Nero
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 500g Leeks, sliced
  • 1 potato, diced (200g)
  • 1-litre vegetable stock
  • 300ml semi skimmed milk

How to make:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.
  2. Toss 75g Cavolo Nero with half the oil and paprika, season and spread out onto a large baking tray, roast for 10 minutes until crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large saucepan and fry the remaining Cavolo Nero, leeks and potato for 5 minutes. Add the stock, cover and simmer for 10 minutes then add the milk. Using a stick blender, process to give a coarse texture.
  4. Divide between 4 bowls and top with the Cavolo Nero crisps.

Cook's tip:
  • For a vegan option, replace the milk with soya or almond milk.

Recipe and image courtesy of Discover Cavolo Nero & Discover Leeks

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