Five best win­ter soups

Add warmth and cheer to a win­ter’s day.

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With as many vari­a­tions to soup recipes as you can think up, you could have soup ev­ery day of the week and not get bored - soup is a one-stop pot of good­ness.

1. Chicken Udon Soup

There are too many ver­sions of the clas­sic chicken noo­dle soup to count, but this one is bound to please even the pick­i­est of eaters. With chicken, noo­dles, gin­ger and greens, it’s par­tic­u­larly good when you need some­thing health­ful to wash away the week­end’s ex­cesses.

2. Pump­kin, co­conut & lime soup with chick­pea crou­tons

One win­ter soup sta­ple is good old pump­kin soup. But the stan­dard recipe can get pretty old hat af­ter a few bowl­fuls. Try in­cor­po­rat­ing co­conut, chilli, lemon­grass and tangy lime to give ba­sic pump­kin a bit of an Asian-in­spired kick in the pants.

3. Mine­strone soup

An­other age-old clas­sic soup is mine­strone, that mix of tomato, pasta and so many veg­eta­bles that you won’t need to count out your five-plus-a-day af­ter a bowl of this su­per-food.

4. Mex­i­can Bean Soup

Imag­ine a spicy bowl of Mex­i­can-in­spired good­ness, topped off with a big dol­lop of sour cream and sprin­kled with fresh co­rian­der. Doesn’t that sound good? It’s ver­sa­tile de­pend­ing on who you are cook­ing for, so dial up the spice if that’s what your house­hold is into.

5. Lentil, potato & sausage soup

Good old oft-for­got­ten lentils don’t have to hide in the back of your pantry any longer. It’s their time to shine in this de­li­cious soup, boosted by the tex­ture of pota­toes and the flavour of pork sausages. You could leave out the sausages for a veg­e­tar­ian dish and spice it up how­ever you like.

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