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Stracciatella soup with cavolo nero

 

Close the door, light the fire and snuggle up with a warming cup or hot bowl of soup, the perfect antidote to a chilly winter’s day or night.

What I love about soups is they can be as light or heavy as you like. Some make a lovely main meal with a crusty bread roll and butter, others can be a restorative pick-me-up while light broths can keep hunger at bay on a light eating day.

They can be as simple or complex as you like. My kids used to love “Grandma’s soup” and as a very little boy my son Blair would ask “more soup?” It was never exactly the same as Mum would just put any veggies she had in a saucepan with some vegetable stock (reserved from cooking the veggies each night) and puree the lot when done. She might add some milk (she was always keen on the benefits of dairy and calcium) or a dollop of sour cream and the kids were invariably delighted.

I am caring for someone at the moment and I do the same, adding steamed chicken breast for protein and using bone broth in the place of stock. Very nourishing and a way of getting protein and diverse vegetables into the diet of someone with a poor appetite. Plus it is warming, nourishing and not at all confronting.

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Fragrant Asian Chicken Soup

Next, I love the way soup can speak any language. Think how well Asian cuisines do it; Fragrant Asian Chicken soup or Hot and Sour Soup or Quick chicken Comfort Soup with Asian Flavours.

Italian? How about Stracciatella soup with Cavolo Nero and Lardo?

Mexican? Quick Mexican soup with Spiced Avocado Salsa

Thinking main meal soup? I love the technique in this one Chicken, Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup or this one, used to break the fast during Ramadan in Morocco: Harira.

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Chicken vegetable pearl barley soup

Soups are also idea to make in bulk, then freeze some for later. Just add fresh herbs etc after you reheat them.

And, if you want to watch me make a soup, hop over to my Youtube Channel and watch me make Fragrant Asian Chicken Soup.

Enjoy!

Other warming winter recipes:

Chinese Style Roast Chicken

Creamy Seafood Pie

Beef and Red Wine Pies