Beetroot Soup with Feta Cheese

Beetroot Soup with Feta

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 40 minutes

I have never been fond of beets. To me they always came in jars, tasting like earth and vinegar. Nothing to look forward to. I changed my mind! Beetroot soup is not only eye-catching but delicious too. Add a shot of vodka to it, and have a Borscht experience.

Though available year round, beets are sweetest and most tender during their peak season, from June to October.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450g) or 4 medium-sized beets, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 lb (450 g) ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
  • 1 medium-size onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups (420 ml) beef stock or vegetable stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Feta cheese cubes  and parsley for garnish
  • vodka (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375°/190°C.

Place the halved tomatoes in an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the chopped garlic over it and drizzle with half the olive oil. Roast for 25-30 minutes until soft. Rub through a sieve to remove the skin and seeds.

Heat the remaining oil in a pan and saute the onion for 10 minutes or until soft. Add the beetroot and the stock and bring to a boil. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer gently for 7-10 minutes or until the beetroot is tender.

Stir in the tomato purée, transfer the soup to a blender and process until completely smooth. Taste for salt and pepper.

Serve hot or cold. Garnish with feta cheese and parsley just before serving.  A crusty country bread to go along with it is just great.

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