Tomato, basil & orzo soup
I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.
I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...
Lentil and bacon soup
Lentils and bacon are just one of those combinations that work so well. I always make a big batch as it freezes really well and is perfect for a quick, filling lunch if you are stuck. I've also found that this is really popular with my children which makes it even more of a winner!
I use puy lentils if I can find them, although it's not always that easy to find the boxes of dry ones (Merchant Gourmet do them in Sainsburys, but they are pretty steep at £3.50). The ones I have used here ...
Roasted butternut squash soup
There's just something so cosy about eating butternut squash soup! It feels like the perfect Autumn/Winter lunch. I love soup but sometimes find it a bit of a faff to make, which is why I have recently started making tray bake soups (such as this traybake tomato and basil soup)- throw everything together and roast it and you get a lovely rich flavour, but no pre-frying or standing over the hob!
The potato added to this one gives it a creaminess without adding cream, and it's lovely ...
No fuss traybake tomato and basil soup
I really love soup, and it's such a brilliant way to get in lots of portions of vegetables, but I just don't always find the time to prepare it as it usually involves lots of chopping! I discovered a new way of making soup in a baking tray just before Christmas (see my Best Soup recipe here) and I thought I'd try it again with more of a basic soup. So with this one, I just peeled and roughly chopped and onion, threw in some whole cloves of garlic and then just chopped tomatoes, carrot and ...
Best soup recipe
At this time of year you see a lot of soup recipes around that stuff in a load of veg in an attempt to be as healthy as possible- as much as I love lots of veggie soups there is no need to have something bland and boring.
I am such a big fan of this soup that I made a huge batch this weekend, and now I have a load of portions made up in the freezer! The basis of the recipe was from a vegetarian cookery course that I attended at Exeter Cookery School (you can read all about my experienc...
I was recently invited to attend a 1 day vegetarian cookery course at Exeter Cookery School (you can read all about my experience here ). I had such a brilliant day- I really loved learning all the new skills and recipes! One of the things that we made was a slow-roasted fennel and tomato ragout, which we then turned into a soup- and honestly I can say that it is the most delicious soup I have ever eaten. I took some home with me and had it for dinner and I just didn't want it to end! ...
Alice’s Soul Food Soup
This is a guest post from Alice who blogs at Living with a Jude. I cooked and photographed the soup, and it was absolutely delicious!
Hello, my name is Alice and I write a blog about life with our severely disabled son, Jude. I have always been very much into healthy eating and follow a vegan lifestyle, encouraging as much natural, unprocessed food into our diet as possible. My children are incredibly healthy and strong and I’m proud to say they are rarely ill or suffer from ...
Honey-roasted butternut squash and sweet potato soup
I created this recipe for Devon Life magazine , I love squash soups, especially in autumn, it really feels like 'comfort food'. I think that roasting the squash and sweet potato in a bit of honey gives it such a rich flavour.
I tend to always have a butternut squash and some sweet potatoes in the cupboard as they keep so well- this makes it the perfect lunch to whip up when I haven't had the chance to get to the shops!
Cream of tomato soup
I wanted to have a go at making a healthy cream of tomato soup, and this one is lovely. I do think that the tomatoes need to cook for the 40 minutes specified to bring out the sweetness, and do make sure that you preheat the milk and cream cheese before adding so that it doesn't curdle. Perfect served with hot buttered toast!
Ham and split pea soup
This is the ideal slow cooker soup- just throw everything in and leave it and it turns into a yummy hearty soup! The ham becomes fall-apart tender and the split peas break down forming a thick soup.
The only slight pain is remembering to soak the split peas the night before!