Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling time
Cooking Time: +- 45 minutes
Serves: 6
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Chilled Beetroot and Herb soup with Goats cheeseI shot this Beetroot soup recently for a “Stylish Summer Soups” feature for Food24 together with 2 other chilled soups to serve during the summer holidays. They make stylish starters to a sumptuous meal, cute canapes and are perfect to take along to a picnic in glass jars or bottles.

Beetroot & Herb Soup with Goat’s Cheese

Earthy sweet beetroot and fresh herby flavours paired with creamy & sharp chevin. Yum, just yum.

500 g beetroot bulbs
1 bunch of leeks, chopped
2 c (500 ml) vegetable or chicken stock
handful of chives, roughly chopped
handful of mint leaves
+- ½ c (+ – 250 ml) cream or replace with Greek style yoghurt
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
Topping:
100 g chevin goat’s cheese
micro herbs

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil with the whole beetroots and cook until tender ( about 30-45 minutes depending on the size). Rinse beets under cold water and pull the skins off – this should come off easily. Cut the roots off and slice into quarters.
Heat the butter in a large frying pan and saute the leeks until softened. Add the stock and simmer for 5 minutes.
Place beets, leeks, stock, herbs and cream into a food processor and blend until smooth and silky. Season to taste. Add more prepared stock if too thick.
Chill or serve warm with crumbled goat’s cheese and micro herbs.

A sneak peek of the other 2 soups. Chilled pea soup with parmesan crumbs and bacon shards + Sweet potato vichyssoise with crispy smoked snoek and apple.

Chilled pea soup with crispy bacon shards
Sweet potato vichyssoise with smoked snoek and apple

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