5 of the best winter soups to warm up your day

5 of the best winter soups to warm up your day

What better way to warm up your winter dinner than with a delicious and healthy soup?

Kevin Stent / Fairfax NZ

What better way to warm up your winter dinner than with a delicious and healthy soup?

Making homemade soup is one of the easiest and fastest ways to add warmth and cheer to a winter day.

And with as many variations of soup recipes as you can imagine, you could get soup every day of the week and not get bored.

Soup is a one-stop pot of goodness and can be an economical and easy way to make your week’s work or school meals in a single hit.

We’ve put together a few of our favorite family-friendly soup recipes so you can feel warm and full in no time.

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1. Chicken Udon Soup

There are too many versions of the classic chicken noodle soup to count, but this one is bound to delight even the most discerning eater.

With chicken, noodles, ginger and greens, it’s especially good when you need something healthy to wash away the weekend’s excesses.

The ginger in this chicken udon soup brings it to life.

The ginger in this chicken udon soup brings it to life.

This is a low-fat soup with a low salt content, which can be whipped up in 30 minutes and will leave you with a nice smug and healthy.

2. Pumpkin, coconut & lime soup with chickpea croutons

A winter soup is good old pumpkin soup. But the standard recipe can get pretty old hat after a few bowls.

This pumpkin, coconut and lime soup is ideal for a whirling twist on a classic favorite.  Try the croutons if you have time.

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This pumpkin, coconut and lime soup is ideal for a whirling twist on a classic favorite. Try the croutons if you have time.

This recipe includes coconut, chili, lemongrass and sour lime to give basic pumpkins a bit of an Asian-inspired kick in the pants.

Extra for experts: follow the link for a recipe for chickpea croutons that tops this spicy soup nicely.

3. Minestrone soup

Another age-old classic soup is minestrone, the blend of tomato, pasta and so many vegetables that you do not have to count your five-plus-a-day after a bowl of this superfood.

Minestrone soup is a traditional favorite.

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Minestrone soup is a traditional favorite.

This recipe is from Alison and Simon Holst, who know their way around a Kiwi kitchen.

But do not let the long list of ingredients deter you, the end result is easy and a winner with the whole family.

4. Mexican bean soup

Mexican bean soup can come in many forms, but is always delicious with fresh cilantro and a bit of chili.

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Mexican bean soup can come in many forms, but is always delicious with fresh cilantro and a bit of chili.

Imagine a spicy bowl of Mexican-inspired goodness, topped with a large blob of sour cream and sprinkled with fresh cilantro. Doesn’t that sound good?

This soup has been a proven hit at some of the most beloved Wellington cafes, and now you can have the recipe made at home.

It’s versatile depending on who you’re cooking for, so turn up the spice if that’s what your household is for.

There are many ways to strengthen a traditional lentil soup.

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There are many ways to strengthen a traditional lentil soup.

5. Lentil, potato & sausage soup

Good old often forgotten lenses no longer need to hide in the back of your pantry. It’s their time to shine in this delicious soup recipe, boosted by the texture of potatoes and the taste of pork sausages.

You can omit the sausages for a vegetarian dish and season it as you like.

This soup is so quick to make and full of protein power.

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