You will need
750 g red or brown onions, peeled
2 medium beetroot, peeled
1 t (5 ml) Ina Paarman’s Green Onion Seasoning
½ vanilla pod, split in half lengthways (optional)
1 T (15 ml) coriander seeds, crushed
2 T (30 ml) Ina Paarman’s Roast Onion Soup & Gravy Powder
1T (15 ml) Ina Paarman’s Vegetable Stock Powder
½ t (2.5 ml) bicarbonate of soda
4 cups (1 litre) of water
Ina Paarman’s Seasoned Sea Salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
finely snipped chives
Chop the onions and beetroot roughly. Sauté the onions, seasoned with Green Onion Seasoning, in 2T (30ml) of olive oil, until beginning to soften. Add the beetroot, split vanilla pod (if using) and the crushed coriander seeds. Stir. Cover with greaseproof paper pushed down well on to the vegetables. Cover with a lid as well and sweat over a very low heat for 20-30 minutes stirring once or twice.
Remove the paper when the vegetables are beautifully soft and aromatic. Sprinkle the Roast Onion Soup Powder over and stir it in. Add the Vegetable Stock Powder, bicarbonate of soda and water. Simmer the soup for 20-25 minutes. Fish out and discard the vanilla pod if using. Blend with a handheld blender for a smooth, creamy texture. Taste for seasoning.
Dish up, onto warm soup plates, drizzle with a swirl of olive oil, a grinding of black pepper and a sprinkling of snipped chives. Serve with sesame crusted bread sticks. Any left over soup can be frozen very successfully.