During the winter, soup is an ideal way to help the whole family boost their health as it's packed with veggies, easy and budget-friendly to produce. They can be made as quick midweek meals for hurried days or as luxurious dinner party starters that take the hassle out of party prep. Forget about boring tinned soups and prepare for ultimate flavour and comfort that will add some excitement to those drab winter days.
1. Winter minestrone with pesto croûtes
It is easy for soup to leave you hungry, but this wholesome bowl of minestrone will definitely satisfy with its chunky texture, filling beans and tasty croûtes. The subtle pesto flavours are reminiscent of summer and provide a much-needed break from winter colours and flavours.
2. Spiced root vegetable soup
This soup is supercharged with seasonal vegetables, ensuring all the family get their vitamin and mineral requirements. As the vegetables are in season, they could even be grown at home in the cold and rainy months, so this recipe will look after your wallet.
3. Indian Winter Soup
This soup is packed with flavour and spice, so is sure to clear any mid-winter sinuses. This recipe proves that hearty food is far from boring, and with the addition of pearl barley and lentils, this soup certainly packs a punch.
4. Roasted red pepper, sweet potato & smoked paprika soup
This is one of the easiest ever soups – simply roast the veg and blend with the remaining ingredients. Great for busy days when you want a minimum effort, maximum satisfaction meal. Coconut and maple syrup also give this recipe an exotic twist to jazz up a midweek meal.
5. Roasted butternut squash soup
This bright yellow soup adds an explosion of colour to the otherwise dark landscape outside, helping to clear away any winter blues. Though this is a simple recipe, it certainly does not disappoint – the bacon and white wine make it wonderfully luxurious and tasty.
6. Winter vegetable & lentil soup
This soup constitutes four of your five-a-day! It's high in fibre as well as vitamins and minerals, which is ideal for keeping healthy during the winter and fighting away any colds and bugs. The addition of lentils boosts the protein content in this recipe, ensuring you have enough energy and strength to keep working (or playing) hard throughout the dark winter months. No excuses...
7. Celeriac, hazelnut & truffle soup
Who says soup can’t be fancy? The subtle truffle flavour and pops of roasted hazelnut feel very luxurious and make this recipe an ideal starter for a dinner party or even Christmas dinner. Though it sounds complicated, this soup could not be easier, making it a stress-free course for busy cooking days.
8. Hearty winter veg soup
Swede, carrots and beans make this soup thick and filling without breaking the bank. This recipe has no exotic or expensive ingredients, so can be a staple meal every week without trouble, and will keep everybody full. What’s not to love?
9. Chicken noodle soup
This recipe mirrors the classic Chinese soup with its use of ginger, chicken and sweetcorn, and gives oriental inspiration to your mid-winter meals. As a low-fat, low-calorie, high-protein meal, this lighter soup can provide some relief from excess yuletide feasting.
10. All-in-one chunky winter broth
Taking just 20 minutes from start to finish, simplicity and ease is the name of the game with this recipe. This can be whipped up on even the most hectic of days, ensuring everyone is well-fed this winter. Consisting of only vegetables and pesto, this recipe is suitable for the humblest of budgets and is ideal for feeding a crowd (helpful when the in-laws spring a visit!). Better still, this soup is low calorie, meaning a second (or third) bowl can be consumed without guilt.
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