There is something magical about soup that makes it the ultimate comfort food. Whether you are feeling a little under the weather and need something hearty but easy to eat to perk you up, or it’s a cold day, and you want something delicious and toasty in your flask for lunch, soup is the one. Here are some great options for comforting soup recipes that’ll warm you up.
Finally, a use for the leftover scooped out bits of pumpkin from carving Jack-o-lanterns! Pumpkin soup is the perfect treat after a day of Halloween fun, and if you are feeling a little lazy, skip the fresh pumpkin and go for tinned instead. It will taste just as good, but won’t involve quite as much prep.
Split pea soup
Split pea soup is really versatile and utterly delicious. If you are a meat-eater, you could add a smoked ham hock to simmer for a really smoky depth, or if you are cooking for vegetarians or vegans, replicate this effect with smoked paprika instead. Either way, this is a fantastic soup option.
The perfect accompaniment for a really good tomato soup is a grilled cheese sandwich. Once you master a homemade tomato soup, you’ll never want to settle for canned again! Make your grilled cheese even better with sourdough bread and a sharp cheddar for a grown-up take on a simple classic.
French onion soup
French onion soup is a masterpiece, but if you don’t have the time or patience to caramelize the onions, pop them in the slow cooker for around 12 hours, or overnight if possible. Add some beef broth, and leave it in the slow cooker until it is time to serve. Enjoy with cheese and toast for a warming, delicious (and very low effort!) dish!
Broccoli and cheddar soup
What isn’t to love about cheese in a soup?! The perfect balance between the roasted broccoli and the sharp cheddar is enhanced with the creaminess of potatoes. This is a soup that can be whipped up easily in around 30 minutes, so it lends itself to busy weekday evenings in a way that many other soup recipes do not.
Roasted butternut squash and carrot soup
A beautiful orange soup that is ideal for fall. Swap the cream for unsweetened coconut milk to reduce the calories without sacrificing the flavor.
Nothing says ‘get well soon’ quite like chicken soup! A rich, hearty soup, packed full of tasty vegetables creates a really nourishing dish that everyone will love. This is a great way to get your 5-a-day veggies in, without cooking for hours.
A vegetable chowder is a universally loved soup option and again, gets your intake of veggies up in a delicious way. Using chicken bouillon cubes is standard, but you can make the dish vegetarian by substituting these for vegetable cubes instead – everyone is happy! So what are you waiting for? Get whipping up a batch of soup for your lunch, and pair it with some thick bread! Delicious!