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.
Italian? How about Stracciatella soup with Cavolo Nero and Lardo?
Soups are also idea to make in bulk, then freeze some for later. Just add fresh herbs etc after you reheat them.
Other warming winter recipes: