Spelt and Vegetable Soup

spelt_soup

Winter in Cairns is here because we’re wearing long sleeves and we've turned off the fans.
So time for some warming winter food.
We often get asked what to do with spelt grain, so here’s a recipe:
Soak a cup of spelt grain overnight. Next day, drain the water, gather the ingredients below, fry the onion and garlic until brown, then add the other ingredients, including the spelt grain. 
You will need:
1 cup spelt grain
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups peeled and cubed butternut pumpkin (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1 1/2 cups peeled and sliced carrots (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1 1/2 cups peeled and sliced parsnips (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 cups miso to taste or vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Add the other ingredients and cook on a low heat until everything is super soft. Blend or leave chunky – your choice.
Garnish with extra parsley and serve with warmed buttered sourdough bread.