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Classic soups

Jimmy McIntyre reveals the classic (and not-so-classic) soup recipes he finds most comforting throughout winter.

Classic soups

We may be in the depths of winter but don’t despair, for there is nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of homemade soup to warm your cold bones. Soups are dead easy to make and freeze very well, so they’re a must when you can’t be bothered cooking, or need a quick fix. The kids just love them and with a slice of crusty bread nothing can be simpler and more satisfying. There are millions of recipes online and most people have lots of cookbooks with plenty of soup recipes. If you don’t, head to the library where you will be amazed at what you can find.

I have found myself making simple purees which really emphasise the simplicity and true flavour of the ingredient being used. It could be a pea soup (and frozen peas are perfectly fine) or an earthy roast parsnip and garlic soup. Or what about the classic French onion or a creamy mushroom?

Prepare to be amazed when you try a beetroot soup with a dollop of fresh goat’s cheese, or try roasting some ripe tomatoes with a little olive oil and when they are really soft, puree them and pass them through a sieve – they’re just magic! For a really brilliant treat try sweetcorn soup with avocado, lime and grilled prawns.

I could go on for pages but I will leave you with this inspiration to decide what 
you will try. Go to where you will find a couple of my favourite 
winter warmers!

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