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Recipe of the Week: Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

This Dairy Diary recipe is a delicious savoury bread perfect to serve with soup on #homemadesoupday.

Savoury Bacon & Herb Loaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 327 per portion
Fat 11g (5g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Streaky bacon 50g (2oz), chopped
  • Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
  • Celery 2 sticks, chopped
  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 25g (1oz), softened
  • Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Chopped parsley 1 tbsp
  • Dried mixed herbs ½ tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease a 450g (1lb) loaf tin or 16cm (6in) cake tin.
  2. Dry fry bacon in a frying pan for 2 minutes, then add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Sift flour and ½ tsp salt into a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. In a jug mix milk with egg and herbs and season. Add to dry ingredients with bacon mixture and mix together. Spoon into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a rack.







Red Pepper Soup

Perfect warming food for a cool Autumn evening.

Red Pepper Soup from the Dairy DiaryServes 4
Time 1 hour 10 mins
125 calories per portion
6G fat of which 0.4G is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Red peppers 2 large
Light olive oil 1 tbsp
Onion 1 large, peeled and chopped
Tomatoes 450g (1lb), roughly chopped
Sun-dried tomato paste 2 tbsp
Vegetable stock 600ml (1 pint)
Dried oregano 1⁄2 tsp
Green pesto for drizzling, optional

1 Preheat grill to high. Place peppers on rack in a grill pan and cook, turning frequently, until the skin is lightly charred all over. Then put into a bowl, cover with cling film and leave to cool.

2 Place a sieve over a bowl (to catch juices) and then, holding peppers over sieve, remove skin and seeds. Roughly chop peppers.

3 In a large saucepan, heat oil, add onion and cook until slightly softened, but not browned.

4 Add peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and oregano. Bring up to boil, then reduce the heat, cover pan and cook for 40–45 minutes until tomatoes and peppers are soft. Allow soup to cool.

5 In batches, pour soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a sieve into a bowl, season to taste and serve with a drizzle of pesto, if using. To freeze, allow to cool, pour into containers and freeze. Thaw and reheat when required.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Curried soup

A quick and easy  warming soup for the chillier months.

Curried Soup from the 2011 Dairy DiaryServes 4
Time 35 mins
Calories 171 per portion
Fat 9g of which
4.2g is saturated
Suitable for freezing

Butter 15g (1/2oz)
Carrot 1, peeled and chopped
Onion 1, peeled and chopped
Potato 175g (6oz), peeled and diced
Smoked streaky bacon 4 rashers, chopped
Korma curry paste 2 tsp
Chicken stock 450ml (3/4 pint)
Milk 300ml (1/2 pint)
Chopped coriander 3tbsp

1 Melt butter in a large pan and gently sauté carrot, onion, potato and bacon for 10 minutes.

2 Stir in the curry paste, cook 1 minute then add stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring up to boil, stirring, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

3 Pureée with a stick blender or in a food processor. Add milk and coriander and reheat.

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Spaghetti soup

A perfect dish after the excesses of Christmas – wholesome, healthy and delicious.

Spaghetti Soup

Spaghetti Soup

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Calories per portion 186 Kcal
Fat per portion 10g
of which saturated 2.1g
Serves 2
Suitable for vegetarians + freezing

Olive oil 1 tbsp
Onion 1 small, peeled and sliced
Carrot 1, peeled and diced
Button mushrooms 4–6, wiped and chopped
Chopped tomatoes 227g can
Vegetable stock cube 1
Boiling water 600ml (1 pint)
Angel hair spaghetti or rice noodles 25g (1oz)
Pesto sauce 1 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan-like cheese 1/2–1 tbsp

1 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and carrot and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables have started to soften. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for a further 2–3 minutes.

2 Add the canned tomatoes, stock cube and water to the pan and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer the soup for 12–15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Break the spaghetti or noodles into pieces and add to the pan, then boil the soup, uncovered, for 2–3 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked.

3 Stir half of the pesto into the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and remaining pesto just before serving.

Cook’s tip
If the soup thickens too much, add a little extra boiling water. The soup may thicken after freezing; again, add more water.

Shopper’s tip
You can use ordinary spaghetti, but it will need to be added at the beginning of step 2. You may need to add more water.

Recipe taken from Clever Cooking for One or Two.

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