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5 warming winter soup recipes

There’s nothing like a hot, tasty bowl of soup to combat the winter chill. But did you know that this seasonal comfort food can also help protect us against common winter illnesses?

Warming winter soup recipes

As the days grow colder and blanket season arrives, it's common to crave the comfort of a hearty winter soup. It's no wonder that our bodies and minds enjoy their warmth in bleak weather, but hearty soups are also a great way to pack in the vegetables and other ingredients that help us to ward off or recover from winter illnesses, like flu and colds.

How your body benefits from soup in winter:

  • Soups are an easy way to up your intake of immunity-boosting vegetables - the green leafy kind are particularly packed with vitamins A, C, E, and K, and many vegetables are also prebiotics which stimulate immune cell activity1.
  • Lots of soups also contain fragrant or fiery spices that have anti-inflammatory properties - such as black pepper, ginger, and turmeric - which help to fight illnesses2.
  • They're warm and contain cooked soft ingrediants, which can be soothing for people with sore throats.

We've hand-picked five of the best hearty and comforting winter soup recipes to keep both your taste buds and your immune system happy.

1. Super greens soup with truffle oil

Super greens soup with truffle oil

Super greens soup with truffle oil

This green soup is loaded with plant-based vitamins and iron from a variety of vegetables. Garlic, lemon, and truffle oil pack in more flavour and nutrition, while chickpeas - high in fibre and protein - make this dish creamy and filling.

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2. Pumpkin patch soup

Pumpkin patch soup

Pumpkin patch soup

Pumpkin soup isn't just for Halloween: the pumpkin, butternut squash, and carrots that give this nutritious soup its inviting colour are rich in vitamin A and beta carotenes which are good for eye health. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, which helps to support long-term health.

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3. Tomato and lentil soup

Tomato and lentil soup

Tomato and lentil soup

Rich and tasty tomato soup contains antioxidants that help to keep your heart healthy. This particular recipe also includes lentils, which as well as being a great source of protein and fibre help to turn it from a relatively light summer soup to a filling and hearty winter soup.

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4. Chicken, sweetcorn, and noodle soup

Chicken, sweetcorn and noodle soup

Chicken, sweetcorn and noodle soup

When it comes to winter soup recipes, it doesn't get more traditional than chicken soup, the classic go-to food for when you're feeling sick. Although there isn't a lot of scientific evidence to back up this soup's ability to cure winter illnesses, chicken is a good source of protein and is also anti-inflammatory, which may help to soothe a sore throat3. This twist on the classic adds more excitement and texture by making it a delicious noodle soup.

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5. Spicy Mexican bean soup

Spicy Mexican bean soup

Spicy Mexican bean soup

What better way to warm yourself up than a soup with a spicy kick? This Mexican bean soup is packed with nutritious red kidney beans, an excellent plant-based source of protein, fibre, antioxidants, and other health-boosting compounds. Forget crusty bread - serve this punchy soup i with crispytortillas and topped with avocado and feta cheese. Best of all it can be cooked in the slow cooker.

Get the recipe here

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Further reading

  1. Harvard School of Public Health: Nutrition and immunity.
  2. Heidari-Beni et al: Herbal formulation turmeric extract, black pepper, and ginger versus Naproxen for chronic knee osteoarthritis: A randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial.
  3. Rennard et al: Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro.
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