Soups are a great way to make use of leftover vegetables from roast dinners or other dishes, and are a great choice if you have a large group to feed. Similarly, if you find yourself short on time during the week, you can cook a large batch on the weekend, freeze to keep, and defrost portion by portion for quick and easy lunches and dinners.
We’ve rounded up five of our favourite recipes that are chock full of both flavour and healthy ingredients to help you through the winter months…
Winter vegetable soup
A vegetable soup made with seasonal root vegetables works wonders in the winter, and there are plenty to be enjoyed in this recipe. From turnips to swedes to parsnips and carrots, there’s plenty to go into this soup that adds flavour and texture. Add olive oil and onion to a pan, and saute until soft. Then add the vegetables and saute, before adding in stock and seasoning with bay leaves, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper. Simmer until cooked through and serve.
Easy cream of tomato
A delicious, classic choice, cream of tomato soup is an easy vegetarian dish and an especially great choice if you’re attempting your first homemade soup as it’s fairly simple. Start by adding garlic, carrots and onions to olive oil, then add tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetarian stock and basil. Once the soup has been brought to boil, reduce the heat and let simmer before seasoning with salt and pepper. Blend in a food processor before returning the mixture to the pot, and add almond milk. Serve with a slice or two of garlic bread, or heat in a mug to enjoy at your desk or on the go.
Butternut squash and coconut soup
There are so many things to love about this recipe – it involves relatively little work, makes great use of surplus squash, tastes fantastic and is rich in vitamins E and B6. Start by halving the butternut squash, removing the seeds, and covering the halves in olive oil. Then place the squash in the oven to cook for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, add chopped onions to coconut oil and simmer. Once the squash is cooked, add this along with the onion and one can of coconut milk to a food processor and blend until smooth.
Pea and mint soup
This five-ingredient soup can be served as a starter or even cold as a palette cleanser, and works just as well as a delicious meal on it’s own. This is another fab choice for those pressed for time as it only requires a potato, an onion, frozen peas, veggie stock and mint. Add onion to oil and leave to saute before adding peeled, diced potatoes to the pot. Then add vegetable stock, peas, and mint and cook to your desired consistency.
Chicken noodle soup
A classic winter warmer, chicken noodle soup is now a dish for which there are many different variations. For this recipe, start by adding 900 ml of chicken stock to a pan, and add garlic, ginger, onion and chicken. Cook thoroughly and then reduce the heat before adding noodles, corn, mushrooms, spring onion and soy sauce. Ensure the noodles are tender before serving, and then add some herbs, chilli and some additional spring onion for presentation.
If you love the idea of enjoying homemade soup but don’t feel up to making your own, a La Belle Assiette private chef is here to help. We can create delicious soup dishes in the comfort of your own kitchen, taking care of all the prep, cooking and clean up, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy.