I've been sick as a dog for a few days now, and since Stephen's been busy at uni, I've been having to make my own comfort food. I had a craving for some soup, but couldn't be arsed making anything terribly complicated, so I decided to wing it (and I'm glad I did):
I used rump steak as we don't have gravy steak, and it was just as good. I also used chat potatoes as they're less likely to break down into a starchy mess. You could make your own beef stock, but I was half-delirious with fever, so I used cubes. Just substitute the water for the liquid stock.
2 onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 stalks of celery
1 410g can of pureed tomato
2 litres of water
2 cubes of beef stock
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
500g gravy beef, diced
3 drops of tobasco (optional)
4 - 5 potatoes, diced
3 tablespoons cornflour (optional)
Parsley, to garnish
- Finely dice the beef, onion, carrot and celery.
- Add to a stockpot with water, stock cubes, tomato puree, salt, sugar and tobasco and bring to the boil.
- Simmer for one hour, then add potato and cook for another 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
- If you prefer a broth, serve as is. If after a thicker consistency, add cornflour and stir to thicken.
- Serve with bread and garnish with parsely.
It's very easy to make, so try it next time a loved one is sick (I'm looking at you, Stephen).