The days are shorter, the weather is wetter and windier than ever, so it can only mean one thing – autumn is here! It’s not all bad news though; we can dig out our cosier clothes and live in our toasty knitwear,we’ve got every reason to stay in wrapped up binge watching Netflix, and of course we can indulge in some hearty and warming food.
And what could be more tasty and satisfying on those chilly autumn days than some delicious and healthy home-made soup. The great thing about making your own soup is that not only do you know exactly what ingredients are in it, but you can also whip up a big batch that will keep you going through multiple meals. Even if you’re no Nigella in the kitchen, soup is one of the easiest things to make and all you really need is a big pot and maybe a hand-held blender. Here are some of our favourite soup recipes that we think you’ll love too!
It’s a classic for good reason and it is incredibly simple to make without the need for any fancy ingredients. Handily it can also be made to be suitable for both vegans and vegetarians, which is ideal if you’re not just cooking for yourself. Take either chicken or vegetable stock, which you can easily make up from stock cubes, and put chopped and peeled potatoes,chopped leeks, celery and a bay leaf (if desired) into the pop. Boil for around 20 minutes or until you find that the potatoes are soft, turn off the heat,remove the bay leaf and use a hand-held blender to blend the soup until its smooth.Cheap and easy to make, and of course completely delicious, once you’ve made this for yourself, you’ll never be tinned or packet soup again!
Spicy carrot soup
Another soup that is again suitable for vegans and vegetarians is carrot soup, but why not update it a bit with a spicy kick. Peel and slice the carrots and with a finely chopped onion soften in a soup pot with some oil for around 5 minutes. Add and stir in 1 tablespoon each of coriander,cumin and chilli powder before adding the vegetable stock. Simmer for around 20 minutes before once again blending to make a smooth and spicy soup. Carrots are really cheap at this time of the year, so make the most of them at their best with this delicious soup.
Lentil & Bacon Soup
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and fancy trying out a more substantial soup, then lentil and bacon could be the soup flavour for you. Taking smoked back bacon that has been finely chopped and all fat removed (do avoid lardons here since they are too fatty), together with a finely chopped onion and red pepper, soften together in some oil for 5 minutes. Next add a peeled and chopped sweet potato, a clove of chopped garlic and 200 grams of lentils. Stir together before adding 1.5 litres of vegetable stock. Simmer together for 15 minutes, then once again blend and season. This soup is really filling and freezes well so is perfect for a busy week where you won’t have time to cook.
Soup-making is not as complicated and time-consuming as everyone thinks so give it a go yourself this autumn – you won’t be disappointed with the results!