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5 Great Soup Ideas To Warm You Up


The thing about soup is that it’s as simple or as complex as you want it.  From a simple leek and potato that makes the best use of winter veg to the more hands on like ox tail or the more detailed minestrone. I’ve always loved a good flavoured bowl of goodness and never restricted myself just to the colder months. I have soup through out the year! Preparation make take a little while but once done you can sit back and let the magic happen.

If this weekend you feel like making a soup then here’s a small selection for you to try out.

Andi at the Weary Chef always has interesting and exciting recipes, that includes soups. For instance how about Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Sausage?

If etouffee and tomato soup fell in love and had a baby, it would be this creamy tomato soup. There might be some gumbo in the family somewhere too because I think etouffee is usually made with seafood, and tomato soup is usually vegetarian. Whatever this soup’s family background is, it’s definitely warm and satisfying!

If you want something different yet still within your capabilities then stop by Cooking Classy for Lemon Chicken and Spinach Orzo Soup.

Fall hits and all I want for dinner is soup! Every and any kind of soup. One of my go to soups is chicken noodle soup but I decided I wanted to try a different variation on it, something a little more vibrant. And what is more vibrantly flavorful than lemon? Plus lemon pairs so well with chicken, especially when you add in a blend of Greek herbs and fresh spinach.

We’ve all heard of carrot and coriander but how about carrot and fennel? My friend Alison at Dragons and Fairy Dust has that very recipe!

Recently I have been experimenting with carrot soups. Carrot and coriander is the most familiar variant and I also like carrot and orange and carrot and butter bean. When we stayed at Ox Pasture Hall we got to try their tomato and fennel soup. I have to admit I am not keen on fennel. Aniseed is one of those flavours that you either love or hate and it is not a taste I like. The tomato and fennel soup was a revelation; it did not taste of aniseed but had a warm earthiness that added a depth of flavour to the tomato. I wondered if I could create a carrot and fennel soup and if it would have the same depth of flavour. I experimented with some fennel seeds that had come with one of my spice racks. It worked really well and added a rich flavour to the carrot soup.

Back to Cooking Classy and this time something Eastern. Plenty of Asian flavour with Asian Chicken Noodle Soup.

The best time of year, soup season! Really I love every season, each one has things I love about them (although with winter, I wish it would just snow more often if it’s going to be cold. Maybe I should be careful what I wish for. I love when everything is covered with gorgeously white, glistening snow though). I’m getting so excited for fall and all the food and baking that comes with it! This isn’t exactly your typical fall soup, but it’s soup so I’m sure I’ll be making it plenty this fall – especially considering how much I loved it! Talk about biggest upgrade on a package of ramen noodles! I know when I get a cold this season (which I wish I could say I won’t but every year I get a few) this is the soup I’ll be craving. It’s packed with delicious flavors and it was a dinner my whole family loved.

Another chicken recipe but this time from Courtney at Neighbor Food. It looks great and something I would love to try, Creamy Chicken Sausage, Tomato, and Tortellini Soup.

So against every bit of common sense and seasonal awareness within me, one mid-July day I dragged out my giant dutch oven and set about making this Chicken Sausage, Tomato, and Tortellini Soup. Every time I use my dutch oven I feel like a true medieval woman, throwing odds and ends in a giant cauldron, and boiling them together in the back of some filthy old tavern in Europe.

Okay, maybe my imagination gets the best of me sometimes, but there is something incredibly satisfying about making a big ol’ pot of soup. This one is filled with chicken sausage, tomatoes, onion, garlic, zucchini, and baby spinach. It tastes summery, but a touch of cream, Parmesan, and cheesy tortellini makes this hearty and filling enough to serve year round.

Will you be cooking up a soup this weekend? Let us know what you will be creating in the comments below.

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2 Responses to '5 Great Soup Ideas To Warm You Up'

  1. Alison says:

    Thanks for linking up my recipe. Some great soups here, will have to try a couple of these
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    • Bob Toovey says:

      A pleasure Alison! I’m experimenting with Asian flavours in soups at the moment. That’s one of the reasons I mentioned the Asian Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, as well as it being rather good!

      I need to track down fennel seeds. Not something I’ve found here yet…