Ahhhhh soups – the time saving, belly-filling meal of the food world. I cook up batches of broth, chow down on them for lunch, pair them with spelt bread for dinner (recipe here) and then freeze the leftovers for a more time-spent day. The best bit? Depending on what you throw in they can form a healthy, veg-pumped option and even better? You can toss whatever leftovers you’ve got hanging around into the blender and label it soup. Brilliant. Here are my top three favourites to warm your cockles; all serve up four portions and are slight adaptions from recipes I’ve found from BBC Good Food (a website I mostly pursue when I’m hungry):

ROASTED RED PEPPER AND TOMATO SOUP: Who doesn’t love a good ol’ tomato soup? It’s ridiculous easy to make and doesn’t require half a tonne of toms like previously recipes I’ve attempted. You could always add a hit of hot stuff to it if you fancy a bit of a kick, but I let the smokey roasted flavours come out on their own and enjoy it best with a buttered piece of French stick. Oh yes.

You will need: 2 Red Peppers, 450g of Cherry or Vine-Ripened Tomatoes, 5 Cloves of Garlic, 125ml of Water, 150ml Plain Yogurt, 600ml Tomato Juice, Salt and Pepper to Season. 

Half the peppers, deseed them and lay skin-side up on a baking tray with the tomatoes and peeled cloves of garlic. Roast for 30 mins at 200°C. Remove and leave them to cool, then place the veg in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the water, yogurt, tomato juice, salt and pepper and blend again. Pour into a pan, heat through and serve.

THE GREEN AND LEAN SOUP: This could also be named the ‘throw in all your leftover veg, meat and whatever else you’ve got that’s becoming worrying close to past its best’ soup. Personally I like to lob in a load of veg and sometimes add a bit of pasta in when I’m heating it up to beef it out if my stomach is feeling particularly cavernous.

You will need: 1 Red Onion, 2 Cloves of Garlic, 2 Carrots, 2 Sticks of Celery, 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, 1½ Litres of Vegetable Stock, 1 Tin of Butter Beans, ½ White Cabbage. 

Dice the red onion, slice the garlic, carrots and celery and fry with the olive oil for 10 minutes until slightly soft. Add the vegetable stock, butter beans and sliced white cabbage and heat through. Done.

CREAMY BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP: My favourite. When I’ve got a batch of this in the freezer I tend to have a butternut binge and lap it up for lunch and dinner. Wild, I know. Finish it off with a dollop of crème fraîche or even better….a sprinkling of crunchy bacon bits.

You will need: 1 Butternut Squash (around 1kg), 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, a knob of Butter, 2 Red Onions, 3 Cloves of Garlic, 850ml Vegetable Stock, Salt and Pepper to Season.  

Peel and chop the butternut squash into large cubes, add half the oil and roast in the oven at 200°C for 30 minutes until soft. While that cooks warm the butter and remaining oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. When softened add to a blender with the squash and stock. Blend and return to the pan to warm though.

Bake, blend and enjoy because my bowl is too soupalicious for you babe.

  • Julie

    That little reference to perhaps the greatest song of our time made the post for me. This is why you’re one of my favorite bloggers/ youtubers haha,

  • Evelyn Morales

    Hmm the roasted pepper and tomato soup sounds really nice. I might give this a good. Love soups in winter!!


  • Zazie Bibi

    Ooh they all look and sounds delicious! xx

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  • Lisa Always

    thanks for this, always on the hunt for hearty soups – excited to make the green and lean soup! x

  • http://blushingbiddies.com/ Puri

    These all look fantastic! You should try butternut squash and add spicy ground Italian sausage. I swear, it’s sooooo flippin good :3

  • Sheryll Renata

    yum! I love butternut squash soup. Something about it is so comforting. It makes me feel like I’m being wrapped in a warm blanket!


  • http://www.everythingandanythingbydanielle.blogspot.com/ Danielle Sullivan

    Love making soup, so nice to always have some on the hob:) I love Delia Smiths Minestrone recipe! Tastes amazing. Love these kinda posts Anna. xx

  • Eleri Roberts

    The soup can’t handle your jelly Anna! Haha, amazing recipes :) Love the sound of the Butternut squash. xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • PeonyandPeach

    These sound delish! Perfect for this time of year, will have to give them a go! I love that you’re doing recipes now :)


  • http://www.jenniferannlove.blogspot.co.uk/ Jen Hately

    mmmm sounds good, I love soup in winter


  • Fiona Bradley

    Perfect for the freeeeeeeeezing weather we’re having in Ireland at the moment! :) Also props to you for not just inhaling the butternut squash when you roast it. I know I would. No restraint! Nom.




  • Prettysnoopy

    these look great Anna, thanks for sharing the recipes! xx

  • joysteib

    Thanks for sharing these yummy recipes with us! I think my favorite would have to be the roasted red pepper and tomato soup!! :)

  • Pink Elephant Blog

    My favourite soup is Chicken Broth with noodles… I always have it when I’m sick & it’s the best thing ever :) Love your recipes!

    alex @ pinkelephantbloggin.com

  • Megan

    Oooh these all sound absolutely gorgeous :) will need to give them a try this weekend x


  • Louise Smith

    That Butternut Squash soup sounds amazing! Might just pop to the shops now..


  • Shireen Pasha Yasir

    OOOHHH you just gave me a hunger pang :) love them all! have never tried butternut squash soup will try that soon :)


  • Kayla

    I love that you are branching out and doing food posts! I adore beauty blogs, which is what made me to start my own, but I also really enjoy reading about people’s everyday lives and tastes!

  • http://sailorstories.blogspot.co.uk/ Hayley M

    The roasted red pepper and tomato soup is a winner for me!… I’m thinking someone loves a bit of garlic! Lol
    Hayley xo | sailor-stories.blogspot.co.uk

  • Charlotte Copeland

    Definitly going to be giving the red pepper and tomato soup a try. Homemade soup is my favourite, I make a bacon soup that crazily good x


  • dannii ofe

    Looks like tonight is going to be a wild soup making friday night..


  • Jemma Milnthorpe

    A recipe AND a Destinys Child lyric? You spoil us Anna! ;)

  • Hannah Moseley

    I love the sound of the butternut squash soup! The destiny’s child quote was also deeply appreciated!! haha! Hannah x

  • Anna

    I loved reading this post, it made me very very hungry !


  • Anna

    LOVED this post! Thanks for the amazing ideas! Please check out my blog: http://annalouisenicholls.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Katie

    Thanks for the recipes. I am so excited to try them. I love a good bowl of soup :)

  • Ruhee

    Great recipes Anna. One ques- How many do these serve?

  • Zoe Mills

    Yummy, I could do with a soup right now!


  • http://lauraneuzeth.com/ Laura Neuzeth

    The creamy butternut squash and the roasted bell peppers and tomato soup both sound delightful. I will make sure to try them since I am a soup addict. :-) Thank you so much for the recipes!


  • http://sitting-pretty.squarespace.com/ Jen Coughlin

    I’m definitely going to be trying the pepper/tomato soup. It looks SO good!

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Yummy yummy! Butternut squash soup is my favourite, but all three of these look fantastic. It’s been stupidly cold here in Toronto, and hot soup is always the perfect remedy :)

  • Madeleine S-B

    I love butternut squash soup, it’s so yummy! Never thought of putting bacon bits on top of it before but I’ll have to do it next time (: The red pepper and tomato soup sounds delicious too, will have to give that one a go! Great recipes (:


  • Paige

    Can’t wait to try and make the butternut squash soup. Perfect to take to work :) x


  • Kristy Swithenbank

    I love soup and one of my go-to’s is roasted red pepper and tomato.