Five best winter soups
Add warmth and cheer to a winter’s day.
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.