Warm Up This Winter With These Delicious Soup Recipes

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Have your winter munchies set in yet? If so, then your craving for sugary comforts has probably intensified, causing you to indulge in all the wrong foods.

The cold weather seems to go against every effort you’ve made towards staying healthy, by giving you an insatiable appetite!

But it’s not all a losing battle. Thankfully, there are healthier alternatives that are just as satisfying. Soup, for instance, has plenty of the wholesome ingredients that your body needs, as well as that gratifying sense of comfort. It’s also a really great way to instantly warm up – who doesn’t love curling up on the couch with a nice steaming bowl of liquid food?

If all this talk about soup is making you as hungry as it’s making us, then you might just appreciate these 4 unbelievably appetising winter soup recipes.

Four Delicious Soup Recipes You Have To Try

1. Pea, Mint And Crispy Bacon Soup

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Image and recipe sourced from www.yuppiechef.com

This is pure green goodness! With all of its vitamins and nutrients, it’s hard to believe that something so healthy can be so tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 cups green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 250g fried bacon pieces
  • ¼ cup peas, to serve
  • A few mint leaves, to serve

Serves: 6

Method:

  1. Add garlic, peas, mint leaves, stock and salt and pepper into a large pot, and liquidise this with a stick blender.
  2. Place the pot on a medium-heated stove, and leave this to cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Get out a frying pan and cook bacon until crispy.
  4. Dish out hot soup and garnish with bacon, peas and mint leaves.

2. Creamy Butternut Soup, Sprinkled With Feta

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Image and recipe sourced from www.getaway.co.za

If you’re looking for the recipe that turns butternut haters into butternut lovers, then this is it! The rich and creamy ingredients in this are certainly a treat for the taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg butternut, peeled and chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 leeks, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp mild curry powder
  • 15ml olive oil
  • 750ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • ½ cup feta, to garnish

Serves: 4

Method:

  1. Add oil, leeks and onion into a large pot and fry this for around 5 minutes, over a medium heat.
  2. Slowly pour the curry powder into this while continuously stirring, until ingredients are well blended.
  3. Add in the butternut, potato and stock, and leave this to simmer for around 45-60 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, leave soup to cool, then add in the cinnamon and cream and liquidise all ingredients with a stick blender.
  5. Return the pot to the stove and leave this to warm up.
  6. Serve soup hot and garnish with feta.

3. Roasted Tomato And Basil Soup

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Image and recipe sourced from: www.justeasyrecipes.co.za

The balance of flavours in this soup is just perfect! We love the idea of using wine to mellow out any overpowering ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 12 plum tomatoes, chopped roughly
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled (leave 4 whole for roasting, and 2 crushed for sautéing)
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil (3 for roasting and 1 for frying garlic)
  • 1/3 cup of dry red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped (save a bit for garnishing)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cream

Serves: 6

Method:

  1. Grease a large roasting tray and place tomatoes, onions and garlic cloves on it. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Leave this to roast in the oven at 180°C, for about an hour. Remove from oven and put aside to cool.
  3. Add roasted ingredients to a large pot and liquidise this with a stick blender.
  4. Place pot over a medium heat, and add in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Leave this to simmer for around 5 minutes.
  5. Now mix in the tomato paste, sugar, basil, wine, stock, balsamic vinegar and cream. Stir this thoroughly.
  6. Wait for this mixture to come to the boil, and then turn the heat to low. Leave this to simmer for 45-60 minutes.

4. Broccoli And Cauliflower Soup

Image and recipe sourced from www.tastyrecipes.sapeople.com

If this flavourful soup doesn’t warm you up enough, then the hint of chilli in it is sure to do the trick.

Ingredients

  • 500g broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 500g cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 tbsp. cornflour
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley (keep a few leaves for garnishing)
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • Butter for frying
  • 4 tbsp. water

Serves: 4

Method

  1. Add onion, garlic and a teaspoon of butter into a large pot, and place it over a low-heat stove. Cook until the onions start to become translucent.
  2. Now add the broccoli and cauliflower in. Leave this to cook for a few minutes.
  3. Once the broccoli becomes bright green, it’s time to pour in your vegetable stock, along with the chilli flakes and salt.
  4.  Cover the pot with its lid and leave it to simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Pour in the milk and leave this to cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Wait for the mixture to cool, and then liquidise the ingredients with a stick blender.
  7. Take out a small jug and slowly mix your cornflour and water together in this. Once this has been stirred thoroughly, blend this mixture into the soup.
  8. Lastly, stir in your parsley and cream.

Now that you’ve browsed through all these fantastic winter soup recipes, all that’s left to do is decide on which one you’re going to choose!

We’d love to know your choice, and what you thought of it. So don’t be shy – leave us a few words in the comment box below.

 

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