The recipe works just as well cooked on a stove-top, but the added smokiness that comes from cooking it on a fire is delicious.
Rustic Vegetable Soup (cooked on a fire)
1 large onion
4 rashers of bacon, thinly sliced
1/2 butternut (confession – I did use a ready peeled & cleaned packet)
8 baby marrows
1 small cauliflower
2 large potatoes
3 cloves garlic
6 mushrooms, sliced
3 heaped tsps chicken stock powder, dissolved in some boiling water
Kettleful of boiling water
1 glass of white wine
Salt & freshly ground pepper
- Chop all the vegetables quite finely – this is a rustic soup, and there’s no blender when camping!
- Heat a little butter in a cast iron pot over small flames
- Fry the onion, bacon and garlic for a few minutes
- Add the mushrooms, stir through, then add the rest of the vegetables
- Stir thoroughly to mix, then add the chicken stock and enough boiling water to cover the vegetables
- Keep the fire burning gently, sit back and have a glass of wine, and enjoy the fire while the soup cooks
- Top up the soup pot as the liquid cooks away
- Check the soup for seasoning and add a glass of white wine (for a little acidity – delicious!)
- Mash the vegetables in the soup with a wooden spoon, to get a lovely texture
- Serve under the trees, and enjoy while sitting around the fire
- Enjoy with a freshly baked bread.
The experience of sitting in front of a roaring fire, with a bowl of hot soup while camping was great, and I often make soup now when we camp in the colder months.
We baked a loaf of seed bread on the fire while this was cooking (you can see my little bread pot in one of the photos), if you don’t have a good bread recipe, try this one: Brown Seed Loaf.
You may also enjoy this campfire soup: Red Lentil Soup
Oh, how I need to go camping….which we will be doing in 10 days time! YAY!
I could nearly go camping if served this soup! Have fun on your next trip 🙂
LOL! Come camping with me and I’ll make you this and more!
I bet the lovely smokey flavours made a huge difference…looks such a delicious bowl of soup!
Thank you,Chica 🙂
Ooh my goodness this looks so nice – and nothing wrong with using ready prepared butternut! Enjoy your day xxx
Hello Michelle! I confess – I often use pre-chopped butternut, it’s a worthwhile luxury 🙂
I really don’t like camping, yet you manage to make it sound attractive 🙂
Now there’s an achievement 😀
It’s really incredible what you produce on an open fire!
Thank you, Sue! I think I might have gone beyond ‘braai’ and into ‘voortrekker’ territory? I’ve been baking cakes on a fre recently…