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Riverford’s kale, spelt & chorizo ‘big soup’

A chunky broth from our friend's at Riverford to inspire you this Organic September.

A chunky broth from our friend's at Riverford to inspire you this Organic September.

This ‘big soup’ is a chunky broth that’s almost a stew. It’s a great style of dish for using up the last odds and ends in your organic veg box.

The basic requirements are onion and garlic, a grain, good stock and lots of veg, but you can liven it up with bacon or chorizo, by stirring in pesto or by sprinkling over gremolata. It also reheats well.

2 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cooking chorizo sausages, skins removed, crumbled into small pieces
1 dried red chilli or a good pinch of chilli flakes, to taste
4 tomatoes (peeled if you have time), finely chopped, or 1 tbsp tomato purée
150g pearled spelt, rinsed well and drained
1.5 litres chicken or good vegetable stock
200g curly kale or cavolo nero, leaves stripped from their stalks and roughly chopped
salt and black pepper

Heat the oil in a pan over a low heat, add the onion and fry gently for 10 minutes, stirring now and then to stop it catching, until soft and translucent. Add the chorizo and fry, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes more. Stir in the chilli, tomatoes, spelt and stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, blanch and squeeze the kale. Add the kale to the pan and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the spelt is tender. Keep an eye on the liquid and top up a little if needed. Check the seasoning before serving.

Tip: Peeling tomatoes

To skin tomatoes easily, cut a little cross in the base then lower them in a bowl of boiling water. Leave for about 45 seconds until you can see the skins just starting to furl away at the base, then transfer them to a bowl of cold water and peel off the skins. A good tomato purée (containing only tomato) is often a better alternative in winter.

Credit – www.riverford.co.uk/recipes


Organic September

Organic September is an annual campaign led by the Soil Association. It encourages people to make small changes to their purchasing habits and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of an organic farming system for the environment, producer and everyday shopper.

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Gio 3 years ago

Great for the organic part. Yet, in a time when finally even governments are realizing the damaging impact that meat has on our health and environment, Triodos and Riverford, who should be on the forefront in the search for sustainable lifestyle, have decided to keep supporting animal products and even process foods, such as sausages, which are classified by the WHO as class 1 carcinogens.

Triodos, keep up the good work but on this you keep disappointing me.

Thank You.