Australia is heading into a chilly period this weekend, with the forecast in Hobart of snow down to 200m. What better excuse to light the fire, put on some cosy music and make a delicious pot of soup – the perfect nourishing comfort food!
While my last post detailed a step-by-step guide to making soup using whatever you have on hand, I thought I might also share with you some of my all-time favorite soup recipes. Some of these are my own which I have tweaked over the years to get them just to my liking (and hopefully yours too!) while some are my other cooks/bloggers that I have made and loved and encourage you to try.
And a slight aside before we get to the list – I’m bypassing the dumping of snow and heading off to Bali today for a week of sunshine and relaxation with some of my closest friends. So that I can completely switch off, there will be no new posts next week, but in the meantime feel free to pop over to my Instagram or Facebook page if you want a little peak at what I’m getting up to in Bali.
Roasted Parsnip, Pear and Chestnut Soup – To Her Core
I love how this soup turned out, and only wish chestnut season lasted a little longer so that this comforting bowl of deliciousness could be enjoyed for the entirety of the cooler winter months. It’s wonderful served with a dollop of cream and come caramalised pear on top.
Turmeric and Pumpkin Soup with Coconut and Lime – Homespun Capers
This is pumpkin soup with a difference thanks in part to the wonderful combination of aromatics used. I was feeling a little over pumpkin soup until I came across this and haven’t been able to stop cooking it since!
Chickpea, Tomato and Bread Soup – Yotam Ottonlenghi
This is the perfect solution for your stale sourdough bread. A hearty and filling soup – make sure you leave a little left over bread to wipe up the last little bit of your soup in the true Italian way.
Super Simple Cualiflower Soup – To Her Core
A simple soup that looks unassuming, but is a flavoursome little number with an amazingly velvety texture.
Barley and Bean Soup – Green Kitchen Stories
Comfort food at it’s finest! I’m always a sucker for chewy barley in a soup and it works so well here with vegetables and tomato-based broth. Don’t skip including the wine here – the alcohol will burn off and flavour the soup wonderfully.
I love, love, love the taste of the rosemary in this soup – it gives an unexpected flavour to what presents to the uninformed as a standard pumpkin soup. But pumpkin soup it’s not, but rather a thick and rich soup with a lot of body and flavour topped off by delicious juicy charred corn.
Pho-inspired Noodle Bowl – My New Roots
I first tried pho on holiday in Melbourne a few years back and was instantly smitten. I loved the cinnamon-spiked broth and fresh herbs used through to flavour, making it both a warm and comforting soup with a wonderful freshness to it. I tried my hand at a few different Pho recipes before finding one that I really like. Sarah’s Pho is both fragrant and fresh and the inclusion of buckwheat noodles is perfect.
One of the best things about this soup is it’s adaptability. The broth is the star here and could be served just with the noodles or whatever other vegetables you want to add in, but I personally love the combination of vegetable sides here – the roasted sweet potato can’t be beaten.
There are so many things I love about this soup, from the sweetness of the honey-raosted carrots to the subtle tones of the armoatics and the crunchy texture of the chickpea croutons. A little extra effort to get all the components for the dish ready, but definitely worth it.
Last, but not least – any Heidi Swanson soup
I love the way she ties simple flavours together to make something amazing. I have tried quite a few of her soups over the years, and they never fail to impress.
Head here for all the soup recipes on To Her Core
Do you have an all-time favorite soup recipe? I’d love to hear what it is in the comments below.