Many of the ingredients that you can harvest from your polytunnel in October are ideal for creating a range of warming seasonal soups. To inspire you to make the most of the produce you grow, here are five seasonal soup ideas for October:
Curried Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin, either boiled or roasted for extra flavour is ideal as a base for a range of creamy yet healthy soups. This sweetish pumpkin base for the soup is the perfect when combined with curry spices such as cumin, chilli, ginger, and other related flavours. Sauté onion and garlic then add spices. Pour over some vegetable stock/ water and add your roasted pumpkin. Leave to simmer then blend to a smooth consistency.
Tomato soup is another seasonal staple and a great way to use up some of the last home grown tomatoes of the season from your polytunnel. Tomato soup is a good way to smuggle some other vegetables into your children, or other reluctant healthy eaters, so throw in whatever other vegetables you may have to hand along with your tomatoes. You can also consider adding some chillies for spice, or making the soup mild and creamy with the addition of some milk or cream.
Parsnip & Apple Soup
When you think of soup you might not immediately think to include fruits like apples in the mix. But apples lend themselves extremely well to many soup recipes, adding a tart/sweet flavour to these dishes, as they do in this sweet yet savoury parsnip and apple option.
Parsley & Potato Soup
Potatoes and parsley may also be abundantly available at this time of the year. The blended potatoes make a starchy and filling base for the fresh parsley flavours, and the two ingredients are elevated by the addition of some other ingredients such as garlic and onion.
Butternut Squash & Coconut Soup
Butternut squash is only one of the possible squash types that you could use in this popular soup, which uses the sweetness of the squash as a perfect compliment to coconut milk. You can keep things simple, or infuse a Thai flavour by adding chilli, ginger, lemongrass, lime, garlic and soy sauce to the soup.
These delicious soups should help keep you and your family warm and well fed as we transition into the colder months of the year. But these are just some of the many meal options that you could try when you grow your own food in your polytunnel. If you have any other seasonal soup ideas for October to share, please do so in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.