Warming Winter Soups

Yellow Split Pea-Coconut Soup

Yellow split peas

Dishes in southern India frequently include the use of coconut. You can enjoy this soup recipe on its own or serve it as a South Indian “sambar” or “kootu” over rice. Recipe from Coconut Oil for Health and Beauty* by Cynthia and Laura Holzapfel (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission. more→

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Tuscan White Beans and Winter Greens Soup

Tuscan white bean and greens soup

This rustic white bean soup is stockless and gets its goodness and oomph from the beans’ own cooking liquid. Half a dozen sage leaves impart an amazing amount of flavor. It’s just the thing for cooler weather, costs two bucks all told and feeds six. And you’ll have done it yourself. Beans may be cooked a day ahead, if that reduces your anxiety. Plan your life accordingly. more→

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Hot-and-Sour Soup

This recipe starts off as a simple, aromatic broth that can be served as is, but by adding chiles and lime juice, the dish becomes a hot-and-sour soup. As with other Southeast Asian cuisines, such as Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai, lemongrass and galangal are often used in aromatic soups. The application of these herbs goes beyond cooking, as they are widely used in folk remedies. Both lemongrass and galangal have medicinal properties as antibacterials and tonics to aid indigestion. Recipe from Vietnamese Fusion: Vegetarian Cuisine* by Chat Mingkwan (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission. more→

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Orzo Minestrone

Filling and flavorful, this Italian vegetable soup becomes a meal in itself when served with a robust, whole-grain bread and a green salad. It keeps well and develops flavor as it stands. more→

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Curry-Spiced Pumpkin Bisque

If you’re in the mood for a savory, creamy soup, this is as close as you’re going to get from a canned-goods pantry. If you like the flavor combination of curry and pumpkin, like we do, you’ll make this treat even after they lights come on. Photo and recipe contributed by Jon Robertson and Robin Robertson, from Vegan Unplugged. more→

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Parsnip Chowder

Parsnips on a table

Parsnips are hardy winter roots whose mild flavor is perfect for this soothing cool-weather soup. Serve with a hearty winter grain dish for a warming meal. more→

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Tomato-Barley Soup

Here’s a hearty, full-flavored tomato-barley soup whose ingredients are readily available in the winter. A one-dish meal, serve this with a salad of mixed greens with apples or oranges and toasted walnuts, and a good bread or fresh pita. For added protein, serve with hummus.

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Tomato-Tortellini Soup

Tortellini in a tomato-based broth makes for filling fare. Serve with a good store-bought focaccia bread and a tossed salad. Adapted from Pasta East to West. more→

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