08 February 2014

Valentines Day Spicy Chocolate Wine Soup

Valentines Day is next week so what better way to show someone you care that a hearty stew to warm the heart of your special someone. Now I know you're thinking soup isn't very romantic so I added a special ingredient to make it a bit more luxurious, chocolate wine! Just trust me on this one it adds such a great depth and richness to the soup that you are sure to impress with your awesome cooking skills.


  • 200g mince beef
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 parsnips
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 can of mixed beans (180g)
  • 1 carton of chopped tomatoes (370g)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 cup chocolate wine
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • Salt & pepper to taste

(Serves 4)

 Dice the garlic, onions and celery then cook on a moderate heat in a saucepan along with the mice beef until brown.

 Dice the peppers then peel and cut the carrots and parsnips into diagonal chunks.

 Add all the remaining ingredients to the saucepan, stir then place a lid on and simmer on a low heat for 15 - 20 minutes until the carrots have cooked

 The soup should be fairly thick but feel free to add more water or stock if you prefer it to be more liquidy.

 Garnish with some coriander or chilli flakes and serve alone or with some crusty bread.

Good Luck

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