What you need (makes enough for 6 as a light lunch):
1kg of uncooked beetroots
2 large floury potatoes
2 medium onions (chopped)
1 litre of stock (I used the simmering liquid from a gammon a cooked the day before)
rapeseed or sunflower oil
What you do:
1. Wear rubber gloves or you’ll end up with beetroot stained hands!
2. Top, tail and peel the beetroots and cut into quarters (make sure they are roughly even sized so cut larger beets into eighths).
3. Put beetroot pieces in a bowl, pour over about two tablespoons of oil and toss the beets to get them evenly coated.
4. Roast the beets for about an hour in the oven at R6/200C, turning once or twice. Its nice id the corners catch a bit but not too much. They are ready when you can slide a knife in easily.
5. Gently cooked the onions in a tablespoon of oil for about 10 minutes so they are golden and soft.
6. Meanwhile boil the peeled potatoes until soft but not falling apart.
7. Add the cooked beets and potatoes to the onions, pour on the stock. Taste for seasoning. My stock was well seasoned so it didn’t need any more at this stage.
8. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Leave to cool slightly.
9. Blend to a relatively smooth soup using your preferred method/gadget. Pour back in the pan and warm through.
Good things to sere with this are:
– crusty bread and butter or tangy goats cheese
– dollop of creme fraiche/greek yoghurt/cream to swirl in