Temperatures are plummeting and it’s getting less and less appealing to go outside. The warmth of staying indoors is so much more inviting. We’ve pooled together a few soup recipes to keep you cozy inside while the rain is pouring down outside. So put on some festive tunes, get in your kitchen, and bring your best cooking game to make these delicious wholesome bowls of goodness.
First up is a classic root vegetable soup. We recommend starting with a base of one onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and a couple of carrots. Where you take it from here is up to you. You can go with leeks or celery, sweet potato or pumpkin, you can even add some zucchini. Season with a bit of salt and pepper, dill, rosemary and bay leaves, and 1 or 2 vegetable bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for at least 1.5 hours. The longer you leave it, the more the flavors will intensify. A few minutes before you’re ready to eat, you can add some rice noodles or egg noodles, to give the soup a little more depth.
Minestrone soup is another super filling option. This is made with fresh seasonal vegetables, usually carrots, celery, onions, and whatever else you have on hand. Chop these up and saute in olive oil before adding a can of diced tomatoes (with the liquids). Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil with some bay leaves, and low to a simmer. After 15 minutes, add some pasta, spaghetti usually works best, and a can of cannellini beans, and continue simmering until the pasta is cooked. If you want, you can add some chopped cabbage or spinach in the last few minutes as well.
To make French onion soup, start by thinly slicing 1 kilo of onion. Saute in some olive oil and butter with the lid on. It can take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes for the onions to become soft. Next, sprinkle a couple of spoons of sugar and stir on medium-high heat, lid off, until the onions start turning golden brown. This can take up to an hour, but your patience will be rewarded! Add some chopped garlic and continue until a gorgeous deep brown has developed. Sprinkle some flour and add white wine and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Delicious.