Spicy Carpathian Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 400g bacon (a big chunk, not the sliced kind) or ham
  • 200g fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 big-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 white carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ zucchini, chopped
  • ½ eggplant/aubergine, finely chopped
  • 5 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 chili peppers, roughly chopped
  • ½ lemon
  • a splash of yoghurt
  • a handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. First of all, wash all the veggies thoroughly and chop them finely. Cut the chunk of bacon or ham in small cubes.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion and bacon cubes in butter stirring occasionally, until the onion gets soften and become lightly golden, for about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the carrots, green beans and cover with 3 cups of water, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let them simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables (potatoes, zucchini, aubergine, red bell pepper and chili pepper), the fresh lemon juice from half a lemon and let them simmer for another half a hour. Take it off the heat and add plenty of chopped parsley as it brings an extra twist to it.
  4. Yes, I ran out of parsley, and therefore you won’t see it in the picture. :)
  5. Serve it with fresh bread, sour cream and extra chili peppers for a 100% soup a la Romania!
Serve it with with yoghurt and brown bread for a light version.

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