Staple Ingredients you will need to Start Making Soup

For hassle-free healthy soups, you will need to be prepared with a properly stocked kitchen. This means you will need to have some handy ingredients that will make soup on a whim.

It will save you some precious time on those busy nights when you don’t want to go looking for a specific ingredient halfway through a recipe.

In these ingredients, we are also going to talk about pots which will also help to upgrade your soup-making technique.

Soup Pots

Remember that cooking soup is much more efficient with the right equipment. Here, we are talking about a stockpot which is one of those kitchen utensils that you can’t go without when making soup. A stockpot is typically larger than the usual cooking pot. Since soup is mostly broth or water, you will want a stockpot that can hold as much as 10quart when making soup for a large family.

A heavy saucepan can also do the job provided it has a construction of iron or enamel which allows slow cooking.

When you want to come home to the aroma of ready soup, a crock pot is an ideal choice since it allows slow cooking. On the other hand, if you don’t want to wait all day, a soup maker will also give you flavourful soup in just a couple of minutes.

When you need to boil stuff like beans and lentils, we advocate going for a pressure cooker.

Soup Base

This is the stock or broth that gives your soup a particular flavor. Most of us go for the shop-bought stock which may carry lots of added salt and preservatives. Making your stock from scratch is far more satisfying as it will have customized flavour and you will know the exact ingredients in the stock.

The most common bases are from chicken, beef, or fish stock. Other people prefer broth which comes from boiled meat instead of bones. After you choose your stock, next, you’ll need to pick the vegetables and meat.

Vegetables

  • Protein dense vegetables

These include green beans, green peas, mushroom, broccoli, lentils, beans, and tofu. They are great if you want an entirely vegetarian soup. These ingredients will provide the proteins needed for any diet so that your soup will be more filling.

  • Sweet and Bitter Vegetables

A mixture of the two types of vegetables is essential for excellent health. They also add color to your soup so that it won’t be too plain. These vegetables include collards, spinach, kale, dandelion, chard, green peppers, and turnip. These greens have a strong flavour, but they come with the benefits of being nutrient heavy. They pack vitamins, folate, and fibre which makes your soup filling so that it can stay longer in your stomach.

  • Pungent Vegetables

These are the spicy type which have an enormous impact on the flavour. They include; onions, garlic, celery, ginger, shallot, and leek.

  • Long-cooking Vegetables

These are sweet veggies like carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnip, parsnip, and winter squash. These vegetables can also be combined with pears and sweet apples and tart for even more colour.

  • Aromatic Herbs

Excellent seasoning is what will draw your kids to the kitchen. Not many people enjoy the taste of butternut squash combined with sweet potatoes and spinach. It is not that tasty for picky eaters, but if you throw in some herbs, they accentuate the flavours to make the soup a real delicacy.

The essential herbs are parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, sage, cumin, rosemary, and tarragon.

Creams soups, for example, will benefit from thyme or parsley while beef soups taste well with thyme or rosemary. Chicken soups go well with thyme, parsley, celery seed, sage, and marjoram. If you want to prepare a tomato-based soup, you will like it more with oregano, fennel, or basil.

For chilli recipes, you will want to have some chilli powder and cumin

Salt

As usual, you will still require to season with some salt. You can go with the usual sea salt, or opt for soy sauce, Coconut Aminos, or Miso.

Meat

Most people like to use meat in their soup as it is denser and filling. It also makes the soup more flavourful. You will want your meat sauce to match your stock. If you are making chicken soup, ensure that you use chicken stock and so on for meat and fish.

Quality Oil

The quality of your oil will dictate the overall taste of your soup. That’s why we recommend high-quality oil like extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, roasted walnut, or toasted sesame. These oils contain good fats which lower the risk of heart disease. They are also packed with powerful antioxidants so your soup will be not only tasty, but also healthy.

Toppings and Garnishes

These are the last part of preparing your soup. They are indeed essential as they turn any plain soup into a masterpiece. They also make your soup more appealing so that you can get everyone indulging. Remember that we start eating with our eyes.

  • Oil-infused herbs

Mushroom, sage, basil, parsley, cilantro, chipotle, and Tuscan garlic are some of those herbs that improve the taste and beauty of your soup when flash fried with oil.

  • Cream

Sour cream is the most common and the easiest to make. You can also use mayonnaise, wasabi, or yoghurt.

  • Condiment Toppings

Here we are talking about such toppings as fried sage, minced fresh parsley, toasted walnuts, shredded parmesan cheese, salsa, tortilla chips, green onions, sesame seeds, etc.

If you have most of these ingredients, you can start making soup right away.

Here are two of our most straightforward recipes using some of the ingredients on this list.

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This is the ultimate comfort food on a cold winter day or when you are under the weather. This soup makes a whole lot of difference between the shop-bought soup and this homemade kitchen soup. It is even healthier since it has more meat than canned soup.

Our recipe will yield six servings of warm, high-nutrient soup.

You will need:

full chicken, chopped

1 head broccoli

1 cup potatoes, diced

1 cup celery, chopped

¼ cup carrots, diced

2 large onions, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

½ tsp. pepper

2 chicken bouillon cubes

½ tsp thyme

½ cup light cream

6 cups chicken broth

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

  • Use a stockpot to heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the chicken
  • Sauté the chicken for 3 minutes
  • Add the onions and garlic and stir for 2-3 minutes until the onions and garlic become translucent
  • Add the green peppers and celery and continue stirring for around 3 minutes.
  • Next, add the chicken broth, thyme, pepper, bouillon cubes; stir, and bring to a boil
  • Add the potatoes and carrots
  • Continue cooking for another 20 minutes
  • When the potatoes are well-cooked, reduce the heat and add the broccoli
  • Cover and cook for 2 minutes
  • Remove the pot and stir in the cream
  • You can top this soup with crunchy bread

Spicy Bean Soup

This soup is also packed with lots of veggies and nutrients. It uses basic ingredients that are simple and spicy to get you warm in cold weather. The cooking time for this soup is about half an hour.

You will need;

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup chilli powder
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can tomato juice
  • 2 crookneck squash cut into thick rounds
  • 1 cup dried green lentils
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 head, broccoli
  • 2 cans cannellini, beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 zucchini sliced into cubes
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 cups vegetable stock

Directions:

  • Use a large stockpot to heat the olive oil.
  • Add the onions, garlic, celery, and bell peppers
  • Stir the ingredients and sauté for 10-15 minutes
  • When the garlic and onions become soft, add in the cumin, chilli powder, coriander, oregano, and red pepper
  • Stir the mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the tomato juice, tomato paste, and the salt
  • Next, add the beans, vegetable stock, and lentils
  • Stir in the squash, zucchini, and broccoli
  • Allow the pot to boil over high heat
  • Uncover the pot and reduce the heat to medium
  • Cook the soup until the lentils are tender, and keep stirring the mixture to prevent it from sticking
  • When the soup has thickened, season with a little more salt
  • Serve the soup and top it up with basil and the shredded cheese

Conclusion

As you can see, making soup is as easy as having the staple ingredients in your kitchen. You can stock up with fresh vegetables in autumn and get ready for the winter months. All you will need is a few recipes to get you going, and you are good to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soup Recipes for Bodybuilders

Soup is versatile. It is a great way to have all the nutrients you need in one bowl. It is easy to prepare such that you can make one big batch and freeze until the cold season arrives. And if you are not willing to wait a few weeks, you can start enjoying delicious soups right away.

Here are FIVE recipes for Best Soup for Bodybuilders. They are packed with protein to supply the muscles with the nutrients that every active man or woman needs. These soups are great as starter meals and side dishes.

Muscle-Building Chilli

Any recipe with the words muscle building is guaranteed to be packed with proteins and low in fat. That is exactly what the Muscle-Building Chilli is all about. This recipe can make up to 10 servings so you can either have it with friends and family or freeze the leftovers.

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 kg chicken breast
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • ½ cup corn kernels, frozen
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 3¾ cups light kidney beans
  • 1¾ cups pinto beans
  • 3¾ cups red kidney beans
  • 2 cups barley
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1 ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 3 ¾ cups canned tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, grounded
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups of water

Preparation

  • Use a non-stick pot or spray a regular pot with non-stick cooking spray
  • Turn the heat on medium; add the olive oil, garlic, and onion.
  • Cook until the onion and garlic are soft
  • Add the mushrooms and bell peppers, and simmer for 5 minutes or until they become soft
  • Add the chicken breasts, corn, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, salt, water, and sauce. Stir the ingredients and cook for 8 minutes
  • Turn the heat to low and stir in the barley
  • Cook for 25 minutes or until the meat is soft
  • You can sprinkle some toppings like low-fat cheddar cheese when the soup is ready

Salmon Chowder

This soup can make a rich starter meal or you can have it for lunch. We’ll be making eight servings with this recipe. It is super easy to make and it only requires about 45 minutes to prepare.

You will need:

  • 2 cans Salmon, cooked
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil/ butter
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • ½ cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tsp. Sea salt
  • ½ tsp. Ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Dill
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 2 cups low fat milk

Preparation

  • Use a large stockpot to melt the butter or olive oil.
  • Add the onions, chopped celery, and green peppers
  • Cook for 5 minutes until the ingredients become tender
  • Now, add the chicken broth, carrots, potatoes, dill, ground pepper, and give the pot a generous stir
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and then turn the heat to low
  • Simmer for 40 minutes
  • Now add the salmon, creamed corn, milk, and stir the mixture
  • Simmer for another 15 minutes before serving

This recipe contains only 273 calories per serving with 16 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and 16 grams fat. It has the delicious flavour of salmon, spices, with a touch or chicken. It can be a great pre-workout soup because it has a high carb quantity which will be great as an energy source.

Italian Chicken and Chorizo Stoup

This soup has high amounts of protein. It will come in handy as a post-workout meal to facilitate healing and repair of torn muscles. It contains macronutrients which nourish the muscles so you can heal faster and have more energy to take on more weights.

You will need:

  • ¼ kg chicken tenders; washed and chopped into bite-sizes
  • 340 gm chorizo sausage, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 small-size red potatoes, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 medium-size onion
  • 1 sack blue or red corn tortilla chips
  • 2 cups smoked cheddar
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes, fire roasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  • Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper
  • Heat a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat and add the olive oil
  • Next, brown the chicken for two minutes
  • Add garlic and diced chorizo and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Now add the potatoes, peppers, and onions. Stir the mixture, cover the pot, and cook for 5 minutes
  • Now add the chicken soup and stir in the tomatoes, hot sauce, and kidney beans, and bring the soup to a boil
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 12 minutes until the potatoes become tender

When the soup is ready, top it up with crushed tortillas and the shredded cheese. You can also garnish it with herbs, scallions, thyme, or fresh cilantro

Turkey Chilli

This soup comes with plenty of flavour. You can serve it with low-fat cream or low-fat cheddar cheese. It will help you warm up before a workout or even as a post-workout snack.

You will need:

  • ¼ kg ground turkey
  • 1 ½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained, washed, and mashed
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano

Preparation

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pot and place the turkey in the pot.
  • Set the heat on medium-high and brown the turkey for 3 minutes. Let the turkey brown well on both sides.
  • Stir in the onions and cook for 2 minutes or until they become soft
  • Pour in the water and stir in the garlic, tomatoes, and kidney beans.
  • Season with the chilli, pepper, paprika, oregano, cayenne, and salt
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and wait for it to simmer for another 30 minutes.
  • You can again garnish this soup with cheddar cheese or sour cream for more flavour.

Diversified Chicken Soup

This is not your regular chicken soup with lots of water and vegetables. We’ll be beefing this up with more carbs and nutrient-dense ingredients. You can take this soup at any time of the day from breakfast or with dinner alongside rosemary olive bread or an apple sandwich.

You will need:

  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 cup cabbage
  • 2 cups egg noodles
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large celery sticks, chopped
  • thyme

Preparation

  • Pour the chicken broth and water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the onions, celery, thyme, carrots, and continue simmering for 30 minutes
  • Now add the chicken breasts, cabbage, and egg noodles, and simmer without the cover for 10 minutes
  • You can also add some pasta at the last step to up your carbohydrates intake.
  • Garnish with dried cilantro or herbs of your choice

Thai Pork Soup

Pork is considered a good protein source more so after trimming the fat away. This recipe has only 9 grams of fat but it will provide you with almost half the ideal protein portion for bodybuilding.

You will need:

  • ¼ kg ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 scallions with white and green part separated, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh ginger, chopped into 1-cm pieces
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms with caps thinly sliced and without the stems
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • fresh lime juice
  • 10 wonton wrappers (1/2 cup), sliced into strips
  • 1 bunch Cilantro leaves
  • 1 red chilli pepper, sliced
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

  • Use a large sauce pan to heat the oil over medium-high heat
  • Add the ginger, garlic, scallion whites, and stir until fragrant
  • Add the pork and brown for about 7-8 minutes
  • Now add salt to taste and the mushrooms while stirring the mixture
  • Cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes or until tender
  • Next, add the fish sauce, chicken broth, and 2 cups of water, then bring the pot to a boil
  • Reduce the heat and add the wonton wrappers and lime juice
  • When the wonton wrappers become tender, add the scallion greens, cilantro, chilli peppers, and lime wedges before serving.

This recipe gives you 4-6 servings. As always, you can refrigerate the leftovers so you can have a bowl to come to after a day of heavy lifting. It provides the convenience of comfort especially if you are craving a comfort food that is warm.

Conclusion

Every bodybuilder needs to eat healthy food sources for bulking up. The best protein sources are from lean meats but canned soups do not cater for such needs. That’s why we have chosen these recipes to help you maintain quality mass and strength. There no need to reach for a milkshake after a workout when you can have these soups that are both filling and are full of high nutritional value.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Soup Recipe Books

There’s nothing more adaptable than soup. You can eat it hot or chilled, as starter or side dish, and even as a main meal.

These best soup books give us a collection of all our favourite soup recipes. In this list, you will find cookbooks written from personal experiences to help you understand where each author is drawing from. It could be their grandma’s kitchen or a trip to an exciting destination.

These soup recipe books have also been given as gifts meaning they are loved enough to be recommended. We hope you will love them as much as we did.

Lose Weight for Good: Slow Cooker Soup Diet Recipes for Beginners by CookNation

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1912155923/

From the title, you can tell what this soup book is all about. If you look forward to shedding some weight and have no idea how to go about a soup diet, you will love this soup book by CookNation. It gives you a set of 80 recipes for well-thought flavour-packed soups ranging from 100-300 calories. All you need is incorporate these soups in your meals as they help you feel full so you won’t find yourself eating more calories or compensating later.

This recipe book covers various kinds of soups from vegetarian to dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan recipes. You will also find recipes for hangover soups and restorative soups. The recipes all minimize the use of cream and butter as these ingredients are substituted with olive oil and nut oils.

All the soups in this book can be prepared in less than 30 minutes with the help of a soup maker. But since it uses fresh and seasonal ingredients, it is easily adaptable to the traditional stove-top. Losing weight and eating healthy will get easier as you start eating more soup and choosing healthy food.

Soup for Every Day: 365 Favourite Soups by New Covenant Garden Soup Company

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0752227432/

Soup can be easy to make but it can also be sophisticated. The New Covenant Garden Soup Company has been around for some time. With an aim to help you get innovative, it gives you 365 soup recipes where you can choose one to prepare every day.

You are sure to make tasty recipes using natural and fresh ingredients. You can pull a recipe for just any occasion from family gatherings to an afternoon spent with friends. Not to mention, it also carries recipes for all seasons so you won’t be waiting for the cold season to enjoy your soup.

The Italian Slow Cooker Paperback by Michelle Scicolone

https://www.amazon.com/dp/product/054700303X/

Do you crave the taste of Italian food? Michelle Scicolone brings you this convenience in the best selling Italian Soup Recipe Book. This soup book combines the exuberant flavours of fresh Italian food. It follows simple techniques with the help of a slow cooker meaning you don’t have to be a veteran in the kitchen to make tasty soup that everyone in the family will love.

This book goes beyond the usual simple techniques that use the usual ingredients to make carefree soup. Even if you don’t have an hour to prepare the soup, you get a chance to toss in the ingredients and hours later, the perfect soup will be waiting.

New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1401603009/

This soup book is inspired by a passion for what people like to eat. From the time that Marjorie read about the stone soup, she has always wanted to create something from our most common picks for everyday dining. The book presents us with 100 recipes from New England Soup Factory Restaurant.

You get to recreate what is on their menu which consists of traditional and best-tasting creative soups. Not only that, you have an additional page of salads and sandwiches to accompany your soup.

Soup Maker Recipe Book: 100 Nutritious and Delicious Soup Recipes by Liana Green

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1539710882/

If you own a soup maker, this recipe book is your best bet for making the most of your soup making machine. It allows you to make homemade soups from scratch even if you are a discriminating cook or you rarely have time to conjure soup.

Liana Green includes soup recipes for everyone including traditional soups like chicken soup, leek, tomato soup to more unique ones like Turkey with ginger and cauliflower cheese. Now you can indulge in soups that improve your health and even help picky eaters eat more vegetables.

200 Super Soups: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook by Sarah Lewis

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0600633438/

Soup is everyone’s comfort food. You will rarely mess up soup, but ideas can run out fast. But Sarah Lewis gives us a professional look in making low-fat, high-nutrient soups. It gives you 200 recipes from classic soups like potato and parsley soup to exotic ideas of making chilled soups for the summer.

Sarah Lewis provides you with easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by colourful pictures so that you know exactly how your soup will look like when you make it. She gives you a set of metrics which are easy to use either in Kg or pounds so that you can use familiar measurements.

This book entails well-thought instructions like how to make different kinds of stock from scratch. From chicken to fish and vegetable stock, you will no longer be buying canned stock when you can make your own. Sarah draws from life experiences and of course her grandmother’s kitchen. She will leave you all smiles with the best soup recipes.

Carbs and Cals Soups: 80 Healthy Soup Recipes and 275 Photos of Ingredients

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1908261218/

If you value knowing the numbers in your food, this recipe book will be of great help. It gives you the values for the carbs, proteins, fibre, and fat content in every soup you make. It also contains 5-day plans so you can plan ahead and have all the ingredients ahead of time.

You also get 1700 food and drink photos so you will get a visual idea of the calories you need to take in a day. The soups range from low-calorie recipes to high-fibre and high-protein soups. It also gives you the ideal accompaniments for each type of soup meaning you are not stuck with bread.

The Soup Book by DK and Sophie Grigson

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1405347856/

This recipe book also advocates homemade soup. It offers you hearty and healthy soups so that you can get good results each time. With this book, you will discover over 150 soup recipes that we have all come to love. It also includes traditional recipes like pumpkin and potato soup. It also gives us other unusual recipes like the Portuguese and Pomegranate soup.

This book gives you access to handy tips for making a puree and also making stock. All the techniques are explained step-by-step meaning you will know the cooking times and nutrition information of your ingredients. This soup book will come in handy for making revolutionized soups all year round.

Good Food: Soups and Sides by Sharon Brown

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1846079160/

The Good Food Soup Book provides you with all the recipes you’d ever need from summery lunches to weeknight side dishes for the winter. If you don’t have an idea when it comes to dinners and starters, this book will be an asset to your dining table. With 101 soups and side dishes, you have will have more than enough inspiration for everyday soup making.

With each recipe comes a breakdown of the nutritional value. If you want to make healthier food choices or you are on a weight loss journey, this book will provide you a good idea of the calories you are taking. It has colour photographs that help you make the process easier and the end result becomes much more satisfying.

Sharon Brown also offers you great ideas about making fresh salads and chilled seasonal soups. The good thing is that it is triple-tested by UK’s best-selling cookery magazine; Good Food. As such, you can take on these recipes with complete confidence.

SOUP: 25 Recipes by Teresa Mary Carr

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0185P6A1O/

There are hundreds of soup recipes, but if you want to be a master of just a few, here’s a recipe book that you will love. This book gives you a variety of soups which will get you eating soup every day. In fact, Teresa Mary Carr has discovered all-time-favourite soups from Thai to French, Jamaican, Chinese, and even Moroccan soup recipes.

This soup book teaches you how to be an expert in the kitchen. You will no longer have to buy soup in a tin as it gives you the inspiration to start enjoying diversified soups with low salt, and with your chosen ingredients.

Teresa Mary Carr gives you a brief description of every soup in her book. This gives you an idea of where the soup originated and why it is was beneficial then and now. You will find interesting stories about the people who love that particular kind of soup so you too can indulge with confidence.

Conclusion

These soup recipe books are the total package. They cover delicious recipes that are aimed at getting you to eat more soup. They also include beautiful photography alongside the soups we’ve come to love on our dining tables. These writers share their inspiration and intriguing stories of their love for soup. We believe they will be kitchen staples that will be passed on from generation to generation.

 

 

 

 

10 Easiest Soup Recipes

We’ve all thought that the easiest way to enjoy a bowl of soup is by pouring it from a can. As much as it is satisfying, you have little say in the ingredients, salt, and sugar levels. That’s why we turn to homemade soup. But who said it is easy to make. If you are nothing close to Gordon Ramsay then you know that soup making can be intimidating.

Here, we discuss the easiest soup recipes that will get you enjoying a hot bowl in only a couple of minutes. Whether you are a veteran or you are new in the kitchen, these soups will give you more satisfaction than shop-bought soup.

Cauliflower Soup

We start off with a soup that is gluten-free and dairy-free. But it includes Parmesan cheese so we can’t say it is entirely dairy-free. Kids will love this soup and you too if you want a fast comfort food for the winter. You can serve this soup with chickpea veggie burgers or a sandwich made from grilled cheese and roasted broccoli.

You will need:

  • 1 head cauliflower; we’ll be using a medium-sized head for this recipe but you can pick a large head if you want more servings.
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 yellow onion, small-size chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

Directions

  • Prepare the cauliflower head by washing it in a strainer and removing the leaves
  • Chop the cauliflower coarsely
  • Use a large saucepan to heat the olive oil over medium heat
  • Add the onions and cook until soft
  • Add the chopped cauliflower, and stir in with the onions and the sea salt to taste
  • Add the chicken stock, and ensure it covers the cauliflower entirely
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low setting
  • Wait for it to simmer for 15-20 minutes
  • After the cauliflower becomes soft; pour the mixture into a blender to puree it until it’s smooth and creamy.
  • Pour it back into the pot and add the Parmesan Cheese
  • Stir the soup, and add any more seasonings like roasted shiitake mushrooms
  • Serve when still warm

Cream of Potato Leek Soup

When it’s been raining and snowing all day, you will love every minute of creamy soup. This recipe will definitely become a classic. We are going to include a touch of double smoked bacon to give it some protein and filling effect.

You will need:

  • 340gm leek, chopped. Choose mostly whites with a few greens
  • ¼ kg potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup whole cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Double smoked bacon, two rashers thick-cut, chopped

Directions

  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot to sauté the bacon over medium heat for 5 minutes
  • When the bacon becomes crispy and the fat is rendered, add the chopped leek
  • Cook the leek until it withers, and add the potatoes together with the water
  • Simmer the cooking pot for 25 minutes and keep stirring as it cooks
  • When the potatoes have softened puree the soup in a blender in two batches
  • Add the cream and salt, and blend again until it becomes velvety
  • Serve when hot

Tortellini Soup

Get your groove on and more carbs with this delicious tortellini soup. It is filling thanks to the additional fibre. You can have this soup for dinner if you are looking for an easy dish that you can take with a sandwich.

You will need:

  • 1 ¼ cups freshly filled tortellini
  • Olive oil
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • 4 ½ cups vegetable stock

Directions:

  • Use a pan to heat the oil
  • Add the onions and carrots, and sauté for 5 minutes or until soft
  • Now add the tomatoes and vegetable stock and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Next, add the peas and continue simmering for another 5 minutes
  • When the vegetables become tender, stir in the pasta
  • Boil for around 2 minutes until the pasta is ready
  • Now season with the basil
  • Serve when hot, topped with the Parmesan Cheese

Chicken and Rice Soup

There’s no better way of making use of leftovers than with this classic chicken and rice soup. It will only take 10 minutes to prepare this soup and 40 minutes to cook it.

You will need:

  • Leftover roast chicken
  • 100g rice, we prefer to use basmati
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 can sweetcorn, drained
  • 1 tsp. mixed herbs, dried
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • ½ chicken stock cube

Directions

  • Using a large saucepan, throw in the onions, carrots, herbs, stock cube, chicken, and pour in the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Use a colander to drain the soup over a large bowl
  • Remove the bones and skin from the chicken and add the meat together with the vegetables back to the saucepan.
  • Now add the rice and sweetcorn and cook for 20 more minutes or until the rice is ready.
  • Season the soup with basil or any other seasoning and serve when still hot.

Spinach, Sausage and Potato Soup

If you enjoy having soup in front of the fireplace, then you will love this true-comfort soup. It will be ready in around 30 minutes and without any fuss, so let’s get to work. It can also act as a complete meal when you are feeling a little lazy in chilly weather.

You will need:

  • ¼ Kg Spicy Italian sausage
  • ¼ Kg Potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt and a pinch of ground pepper
  • 1 diced onion
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 5 cups chicken broth

Directions

  • Pour the oil into a large stockpot and heat it over medium heat.
  • Add the sausage and brown for about 5 minutes
  • Crumble the sausage when it cooks properly
  • Add in garlic, basil, pepper, oregano, onions, and stir in for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt to taste
  • When onions become soft add the chicken broth and bay leaf. Wait for the pot to boil and add the potatoes.
  • Let the potatoes cook for 10 minutes or until tender and add the spinach.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and add heavy cream
  • Season and serve when hot

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Soup

Are you looking for more beta-carotene in your food? Here’s the soup for you. It is simple, yet very delicious.

You will need:

  • 1 butternut squash, diced without seeds and skin
  • 1 large sweet potato, washed, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 chopped sweet onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 knob butter
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped

Directions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan and add the onions, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, celery, and garlic
  • Stir until they are all lightly browned and add the chicken broth and bell peppers.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes
  • When the sweet potatoes and butternut squash become soft, pour into blender and puree until smooth
  • Remember to blend in batches because the soup can be too hot
  • Finally, return the soup to the saucepan and season with a little black pepper
  • Serve when still hot

Lentil Soup

If you’ve never made lentil soup at home, then it’s time you spare a weekend for a night of easy dinner accompanied with some herbal flatbread or rice. With these basic ingredients you will soon be dining with nourishing soup.

You will need:

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked brown or green lentils
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 500g roughly chopped baby potatoes
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups collard greens, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 springs fresh thyme

Directions:

  • Heat a large pot and add the olive oil
  • Saute the onions and garlic until soft then add the carrots and celery, and then season with salt and pepper
  • Stir in the potatoes and cook for 2 minutes
  • Add the thyme and vegetable broth and increase the heat to high
  • Bring the pot to boil and add the lentils
  • Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes
  • When lentils and potatoes are tender, add the greens, and cover
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the greens have withered
  • Season with more salt and pepper to your desired flavour
  • By now your soup is ready and you can garnish with fresh parsley before serving

Minestrone Soup

With this soup, we are all about representing all food groups for wholesome soup. Serve it with toasted bread for a hearty meal.

You will need:

  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 ½ cups green beans, chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup elbow pasta
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, non-salted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 stalks fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper and kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 6 cups chicken broth

Directions:

  • Use a large pot to heat the olive oil over medium heat
  • Add chopped onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until translucent and then stir in garlic for 30 seconds
  • Add carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes and then stir in basil, dried oregano, green beans, ¾ tsp. salt, and a little pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 3 minutes and then add the tomatoes and chicken broth, and bring to a boil
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Now add the kidney beans and pasta, and cook until tender
  • Season with basil and parmesan cheese and serve when hot

Classic Tomato Soup

This soup is perhaps the easiest to prepare. You will have some fun dressing it up with beautiful garnishes and you can have it for lunch with a grilled cheese sandwich or pizza.

You will need:

  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 ½ cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • Ground black pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme

Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil and 2tbs butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat
  • Stir in the onions and garlic until translucent
  • Add the flour and stir for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the tomatoes, thyme, sugar, chicken broth, and season with salt and pepper
  • Increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil
  • Keep stirring the pot to ensure the flour does not stick to the bottom
  • Cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer for 40 minutes
  • Allow the soup to cool slightly and make it to a puree using a blender until smooth
  • Return the soup to the saucepan and season with more salt and pepper
  • Add in the rest of the butter and stir
  • Garnish with croutons or fresh basil and ladle into bowls

Beef and Spinach Soup

This is a filling and hearty soup. It only requires basic ingredients and 20 minutes to prepare. You can serve it with melon wedges or crisp crackers.

You will need:

  • ¼ kg ground beef
  • 4 cups, coarsely cut spinach
  • 3 cups bowtie pasta, uncooked
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil

Directions:

  • In a large stockpot, heat the oil and add garlic and the beef
  • Cook the beef until it browns and crumbles as you stir for 7-8 minutes
  • Drain and add tomatoes, broth, and seasonings; bring to a boil
  • Stir in the pasta and cook uncovered until the pasta is tender or for 9 minutes
  • Now add the spinach and cook until withered for about 2 minutes
  • Serve the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the grated cheese

Conclusion

Chilly weather calls for one of these warming soups. You can be sure to have a steaming bowl in less than an hour while others will be ready in only 20 minutes. Whether you want a quick meal for dinner or you just want to indulge in some tasty soup, these recipes give you the easiest soups.