Winter won’t quit. Seriously Canada, enough’s enough. In these kinds of situations there’s only one response – SOUP, SOUP, SOUP. Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite soups.
Potato-Leek with Crispy Pancetta
Summary: This is a rich, creamy soup with a strong leek flavour. The crispy pancetta adds a great texture contrast. This is kind of like the soup version of a baked potato. This is definitely a more decadent soup – but its pretty much a bowl of comfort and potato joy. Recipe here. I subbed the bacon for pancetta, but you can use whichever you like.
Carrot, Apple, Ginger
Summary: This is sweet and spicy soup is also fairly light, meaning you can indulge in a warm bowl pretty much any time of day – or night. Check out the easy-peasy recipie here.
Summary: Pumpkin isn’t just for Halloween. It’s a health powerhouse, and this soup is easy as pie to whip up. You can find the recipe for this soup and some other pumpkin favourites here.
Egyptian Lemon Lentil
Summary: This is a meal-in-a-bowl. It’s filling and hearty, but jammed packed with veggies and lemony goodness. It’s fantastic with pita or naan. Use this recipe and be generous with those lemons.
Summary: This soup is brothy and flavourful, I basically lived on it while suffering from a recent cold. All of the vitamins!
1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, mined
1/2 small white onion, chopped (if you have a larer onion just use 1/3 of it instead)
2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken stock)
salt + pepper
green onions, for garnish
First peel and chop the carrots, set aside. Mince the ginger, mince the garlic and chop the onion. Heat the olive oil in a medium size pan over medium heat. Cook the ginger, garlic and onion until just softened (2 minutes). Add in the broth and carrots. Continue to cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, until the carrots have softened.
Summary: This is another meanl-in-a-bowl. Super hearty, spicy and filling. The tortilla chips are a nice touch, but the guacamole is not optional, it helps cut the spice and balances the flavours out nicely. Plus, come on, who could say no to avocado? Recipe at the always brilliant ABM.
I hope these held you through the end of winter. Soup’s up!