Warming soups

By Efrosini Costa

Warming soups
As winter creeps in, we've selected a few favourite soup recipes to warm you up as the days and nights get cooler.

Hot or cold, spicy or sour, sweet or creamy, there is no shortage of soup flavours or styles to choose from. We have selected a few favourites that are sure to keep you warm as the weather begins to cool.

Fennel Soup with Winter Greens and Bacon

Fresh fennel is available from autumn to early spring. Buy tight, compact, medium-sized bulbs with nice green sprigs, which you can use for garnishing. Why not double the recipe and freeze the leftovers for next week?

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Pea, Lettuce and Tarragon Soup

This pea, lettuce and tarragon soup recipe encompasses all that is great about a classic soup: quick, easy, economical and sure to warm you up on those cooler nights.

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Ham and Split Pea Soup with Cheese and Herb Scones

This classic ham and split pea soup is perfect when time is sparse. What else would make the perfect accompaniment than quick and easy cheesy herb scones?

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Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Available all year round, cauliflower is at its best in the winter months. The florets are delicious used raw in a salad or as part of a crudités selection served with dips. But for a tasty mid-week meal combine cauliflower and potato to make this hearty soup.

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Hot And Sour Prawn Noodle Soup

Also known as tom yum, this classic Thai soup is believed to hold immune-boosting properties that act as a natural remedy for colds and flu. This variation has rice noodles which make the dish all the more substantial.

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Sweetcorn Crab Chowder

This indulgent soup is a sure winner. If you can’t find crabmeat you can always substitute it with your favourite seafood or chicken.

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Celeriac and Apple Soup with Parmesan Chips

Celeriac is a type of celery often overlooked, but this vegetable comes into its own in the cooler months with pride of place in roasts and soups.

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Chicken and Eggplant Coconut Laksa

You can’t go past a laksa when compiling a list of hearty warming soups. This mild Asian-style soup of spicy coconut broth and full of vegetables is usually served with meat and noodles, but this is optional and the combinations are virtually endless.

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